Robert Hill
Law Office of Robert Hill

P.O. Box 1323
Lexington, South Carolina 29071, United States
Phone: 877-407-6457
Areas of Practice
  • Appellate Practice
  • Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability

South Carolina Law on Statutory Construction

Justice Antonin Scalia and Bryan A. Gardner this year authored Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts (Thomson/West 2012). The book covers over 50 canons of construction and ends by identifying what Scalia and Garner…more
Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, Op. No. 27148 (S.C. Sup. Ct. filed July 26, 2012)

South Carolina Supreme Court Construes ICWA

The South Carolina Supreme Court held in a 3-2 decision that the federal Indian Child Welfare Act required an Indian Child's return to her Birth father…more
State Mutual Ins. Co. v. Ard, OP. No. 5004 (S.C. Ct. App. filed July 18, 2102)

South Carolina Court of Appeals imposes limited constructive trust on insurance proceeds

The South Carolina Court of Appeals affirmed a constructive trust on life insurance proceeds based on a divorce decree. The Court disagreed that the former spouse was entitled to all of the proceeds from the whole life policy…more
 /  Insurance
Fountain v. First Reliance Bank, Op. No. 27141 (S.C. Sup. Ct. filed July 11, 2012)

South Carolina Supreme Court protects lender against defamation suit

The South Carolina Supreme Court holds that a lender's statement to a loan applicant is not defamatory and is protected by a qualified business privilege…more
 /  Business Torts
Curtis v. Blake, Appellate Case No. 2011-191906 (S.C.)

Brief defending $ 450,000 verdict for non-economic injuries

This week, the South Carolina Supreme Court declined to review a Court of Appeals decision that upheld a $ 450,000 verdict in an automobile accident case. Curtis v. Blake, 392 S.C. 494, 709 S.E.2d 79 (Ct.App. 2011), cert…more
 /  Civil Remedies, Personal Injury

Supersedeas on a Money Judgment

Does a Notice of Appeal stop collection efforts on a money judgment? This article covers these and other issues under South Carolina law. it is reprinted with permission from the South Carolina Lawyer…more
Roe v. Reeves

Unwed father lacks ability to veto an adoption

South Carolina Supreme Court reversed a family court order granting custody of a child to the unwed birth father. Court held that the father failed to take the prompt and necessary steps required to veto the child's adoption by…more
 /  Family Law
Curtis v. Blake

$ 450,000 verdict not excessive

Court of Appeals upheld the denial of a new trial against the claim that the $ 450,000 verdict was excessive…more
 /  Personal Injury
Chester v. South Carolina Dep't of Transp.

Plaintiff remains master of his or her complaint

South Carolina Supreme Court reversed a trial court order requiring a plaintiff to sue potential tortfeasors so that the governmental defendants could apportion liability. The Court reaffirmed that the plaintiff has a right to…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Personal Injury
Crusader Servicing Corp. v. Laurens County

Property owner owes redemption interest despite tax exemption

South Carolina Court of Appeals affirmed an order granting the high bidder at a tax sale redemption interest even though the property was tax exempt for one of the two relevant years…more
 /  Taxation
Youmans v. South Carolina Dep't pf Transp.,

Brevity of jury deliberations does not warrant a new trial

Court of Appeals reversed an order granting a new trial based on the length of jury deliberations. Court held that the brevity of deliberations alone does not warrant a new trial…more
 /  Civil Remedies, Personal Injury
Heritage Plantation Homeowners Ass'n v. Paone

Homeowners Assn. can control placement of flag pole

Court of Appeals affirmed an order awarding fines and attorney fees for violating homeowner association's restrictive covenants…more
 /  Civil Remedies, Real Estate - Residential
Vaught v. A.O. Hardee & Sons

Property owner entitled to seek replacement costs for destroyed trees

South Carolina Supreme Court reversed a trial court order limiting damages for negligently destroyed trees and held that the property owner was entitled to seek replacement costs…more
 /  Civil Remedies, Real Estate - Residential
Dunbar v. Johnson

Must appeal all issues for any hope

South Carolina Court of Appeals affirmed the denial of a new trial in an automobile wreck case because the defendant failed to appeal all of the grounds for the denial…more
 /  Personal Injury
Maysonet-Robles v. Cabrero

Eleventh Amendment Immunity Applied to Successor-in-Interest

First Circuit held that the Eleventh Amendment applied to a successor-in-interest even though it did not apply to the predecessor…more
 /  Constitutional Law
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