South Carolina Lets a $ 450,000 Verdict Stand

On Wednesday, the South Carolina Supreme Court declined to disturb a Court of Appeals decision that upheld a tort victim’s $ 450,000 jury verdict. Curtis v. Blake, 392 S.C. 494, 709 S.E.2d 79 (Ct.App. 2011), cert. dismissed as improvidently granted, Op. No. 2012-MO-043 (S.C. filed October 24, 2012).

On appeal, I defended the verdict by pointing to the Court’s limited, “any evidence” standard of review for a jury’s factual findings. Under this standard, the verdict was amply supported by evidence of Curtis’s permanent physical injuries, life expectancy, and continual mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life. Here is the brief – Curtis v. Blake – Supreme Court Brief

Has anyone else be able to use the standard of review effectively? Please let us hear from you. You may reach us through the comment box below or reach me here.




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