Collins & Lacy, P.C.

1330 Lady St Sixth Floor P.O. Box 12487
Columbia, South Carolina 29201, United States

  • (803) 256-2660
  • (803) 771-4484

In a Case of First Impression, District Court Finds an Insurer May Not Seek a Declaration as to Another Insurer’s Duty to Defend

An insurance company may not seek to require another insurer to defend its insured via declaratory judgment according to the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina in Auto-Owners Insurance Company v…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

Judgment Against Insurer For Fire Loss Reversed Due To Admission Of Opinion Testimony Of Non-Expert Volunteer Fire Chief

The S.C. Court of Appeals reversed and remanded a half million dollar verdict against a homeowner’s insurance company because the fire chief was allowed to testify regarding his opinion on causation. Fowler v. Nationwide Mutual…more
| Civil Procedure, Insurance, Real Estate - Residential

“Your Work” Exclusion Bars Coverage for Tearing Down & Rebuilding Wall

The S.C. Court of Appeals recently applied the “your work” exclusion in a declaratory judgment action arising out of a construction defect suit to find the policy did not provide coverage. In Precision Walls v. Liberty Mutual…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Insurance, Real Estate - Residential, Real Estate - Commercial

SCWCC Announces New Judicial Director

The South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission (SCWCC) has named Amy Bracy as Judicial Director effective August 1, 2014. Bracy replaces long time Judicial Director Virginia “Ginger” Crocker…more
| Worker’s Compensation

Governor Haley appoints Mike Campbell as Interim Commissioner

Governor Nikki Haley is appointing Mike Campbell to the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission to fill the vacancy left by Commissioner Andrea Roche. Commissioner Roche announced her resignation and decision to return…more
| Elections & Politics, Worker’s Compensation

Keep Calm and Investigate: Top 10 Tips for Documenting Accidents at Your Business

An effective and thorough investigation is the first line of defense in any premises liability case. When a guest reports an accident, it is important to gather as much information as possible. Employees move on and memories…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Personal Injury

Commissioner Roche Has Resigned. What Now?

The announcement this week did not give Commissioner Roche’s reason for resigning, only that she was returning to private practice. We can speculate, but regardless of the reason, her leaving will be a great loss to the…more
| Elections & Politics, Worker’s Compensation

Shatto v. Mcleod: The “Specifics” (Or Lack Thereof) In Circumstantial Evidence

The South Carolina Court of Appeals recently had its second go-around with a workers’ compensation claim filed by a nurse anesthetist against a temporary medical staffing agency and against the hospital where that agency placed…more
| Civil Procedure, Personal Injury, Worker’s Compensation

Your Company Can Have Religious Views and Opt Out of an Affordable Care Act Provision

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly referred to as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Health Care Reform Law, has been and continues to be the target of much debate since the federal statute was signed…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Constitutional Law, Labor & Employment Law, Health

Commissioner Andrea C. Roche Announces Resignation

According to the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission (SCWCC), Commissioner Andrea C. Roche has announced her resignation. The following is courtesy of the SCWCC…more
| Worker’s Compensation

Eleventh Circuit Rejects Excess Insurers Bad Faith Claim Against Primary Insurer Due to Lack of Damages Causation

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a Florida district court’s award of damages to the excess insurer on the ground that the excess insurer failed to prove the primary insurer’s alleged bad faith had caused the excess…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Business Torts, Insurance

New 2% Net Present Value Rate is Effective Today (June 2014)

June 27, 2014. Perhaps not a day that will “live in infamy,” but it is important nonetheless to stakeholders of the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation system. Prior to June 27, 2014, all lump sum payments were commuted at a 5%…more
| Worker’s Compensation

Court Clarifies Four Employee Rule in S.C. Workers’ Compensation Act

In Leggettee v. Duly, the employer argued the Full Commission incorrectly found the company had four or more employees. Leggette was injured when a co-worker dropped a “thumper” on his right hand, injuring his middle and index…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Worker’s Compensation

Don’t Let Volunteer Efforts Become a Legal Hazard

While we do not like thinking about legal or safety matters when it comes to things that make us feel good, remembering some key points can help ensure the experience remains a safe and positive one for both the volunteer and…more
| Labor & Employment Law

S.C. Supreme Court Rejects Reasonable Expectations Doctrine as a Substantive Right

The S.C. Supreme Court declined to adopt the doctrine of reasonable expectations within the insurance coverage context in Bell v. Progressive Direct Insurance Co., Op. No. 27381 (S.C. Sup. Ct. filed April 9, 2014). Instead, the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Personal Injury, Insurance
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