Parties in South Carolina often raise appellate issues that they failed to preserve in the trial court. Until last month, four error-preservation violations were the most I had seen discussed in a single case. Then came State v. Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Op. No. 27502 (S.C. Sup.Ct. filed February 25, 2015)(Shearouse Ad.Sh. 8). In Janssen, the Supreme Court discussed nine error-preservation violations and footnoted even more. Continue reading
The South Carolina Court of Appeals clarified yesterday that respondents may raise on appeal issues that they lost on summary judgment. This does not violate the rule against appealing orders denying summary judgment. Continue reading
In South Carolina, parties cannot waive a lack of subject matter jurisdiction and may attack jurisdiction for the first time on appeal. See, e.g., Badeaux v. Davis, 337 S.C. 195, 522 S.E.2d 835 (Ct.App. 1999). An earlier post, however, noted that such attacks are growing rarer.
Last month, the South Carolina Supreme Court further narrowed these attacks when it rebuffed a challenge to a circuit court’s ability to hear medical malpractice cases. Ross v. Waccamaw Community Hospital, 404 S.C. 56, 744 S.E.2d 547 (2013). Continue reading