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Catherine Holland Chase recently obtained summary judgment on behalf of her client, a residential construction subcontractor. The Plaintiff homeowner alleged that the subcontractor inspected the roof and applied repairs shortly after the home was purchased.  Nearly three years passed before the Plaintiff contacted the homebuilder about leaks in the same location, but the homebuilder denied the warranty claim.  The Plaintiff waited another five years before bringing suit. The Plaintiff was seeking damages in excess of $200,000.00.

The Court found that there was no evidence to support the Plaintiff’s claims against the subcontractor as the three-year statute of limitations began to run when homebuilder refused to repair the roof a second time and that Plaintiff failed to bring his claims against the subcontractor within the statute of limitations.  The Court also found that the homebuilder’s cross-claims against the subcontractor were derivative in nature and thus the subcontractor was entitled to summary judgment dismissing the homebuilder’s cross-claims as well.

Clement Rivers, LLP is pleased to announce Brittany J. Ficken joined the firm as an Associate Attorney.  Brittany is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.  During law school, she worked with transactional attorneys in her hometown of Kansas City while staying involved with various campus organizations.  After graduating and relocating to Charleston, Brittany worked as a legal assistant for the firm while studying for the Bar Exam.

The following Clement Rivers, LLP attorneys have been selected as part of the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©:

  • C. Michael Branham: Trusts and Estates
  • Stephen L. Brown: Litigation – Construction & Litigation – Insurance
  • D. Jay Davis, Jr: Commercial Litigation
  • Carol B. Ervin: Employment Law – Management & Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Duke R. Highfield: Litigation – Insurance & Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Wallace G. Holland: Workers Compensation Law – Employers
  • Wilbur E. Johnson: Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, & Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Michael A. Molony: Administrative, Insurance & Regulatory Law
  • F. Drake Rogers III: Workers’ Compensation Law – EmployersThe following Clement Rivers, LLP attorneys have been selected as part of the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch©:
  • Stephen A. Griffith: Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, & Litigation – Construction

The following Clement Rivers, LLP attorneys have been selected as part of the 2022 edition of Super Lawyers©:

  • Carol B. Ervin:  Employment & Labor
  • Shawn Daughtridge Wallace:  Employment & Labor

2022 is the 10th year of D. Jay Davis, Jr.’s inclusion on this list.

Clement Rivers, LLP continues to monitor the changing landscape for businesses and individuals caused by COVID-19.  We have compiled a Quick Reference Guide of recent orders regarding the status of the State of South Carolina, the City of Charleston, relevant Court Orders, and Miscellaneous South Carolina links.  We will update this Quick Reference Guide as necessary.  Clement Rivers, LLP has been tested by more than a few hurricanes in our more than 50 years of practice, so we are lucky to have a business continuity plan in place which allows our lawyers and support staff to work remotely.  We are thankful for our clients, our employees, our community, and our loved ones.

Clement Rivers, LLP is pleased to announce Christopher Shane Alverson has joined the firm as an Associate Attorney.  After law school, he obtained his Masters of Law (LL.M.) in Taxation from New York University School of Law and received the highest grade in Taxation of Property Transactions. Prior to joining the firm, Shane practiced with a local estate planning and tax boutique law firm.

D. Jay Davis, Jr. and Stephanie Ramia recently presented to the South Carolina Hospital Association.  Mr. Davis provided Covid-19 legal updates on the number, type, and frequency of claims in South Carolina and across the nation.  He also spoke on the recent trend of larger verdicts since jury trials resumed in South Carolina in April 2021, which at the time of the presentation had totaled more than $173,000,000.  Ms. Ramia presented on employment trends related to Covid-19 and some practical steps to deal with Covid-19 and vaccination issues in the workplace.

D. Jay Davis, Jr. and James D. “Tripp” Gandy, III recently secured a defense verdict in a Long Term Care Facility arbitration.  Plaintiffs initially brought a claim in court despite the presence of an arbitration agreement.  After a successful motion to compel arbitration, the case proceeded in arbitration.  Plaintiff alleged that the facility and its staff failed: (1) to prevent pressure ulcers, (2) failed to monitor skin breakdown and promote healing, (3) failed to turn and reposition resident, (4) failed to develop and maintain an appropriate interim care plan, (5) failed to recognize, treat, and heal pressure ulcers, (6) failed to comply with nutritional standards of care, and (7) failed to keep the resident free from abuse.  The Facility denied all allegations, and after a multi-day arbitration, the Facility secured a defense verdict on all allegations.

Clement Rivers, LLP is honored to announce that our law firm has received a Tier 1 Ranking in the 2022 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”. This Tier 1 ranking was determined from the firm’s overall evaluation, which was derived from a combination of factors including clients’ feedback and the high regard that lawyers in other firms in the same practice areas have for the firm.

Matthew O. Riddle and Gaillard T. Dotterer, III recently obtained summary judgment on behalf of their clients, a residential real estate agent and brokerage. The Plaintiff home buyers alleged that the sellers’ agent and brokerage knew or should have known of latent defective conditions on the property, and did not disclose these conditions to the Plaintiffs before closing. The sellers had originally purchased the property out of foreclosure. They made certain repairs, renovations, and upgrades with the assistance of a building contractor. The sellers then listed the property and sold it to the Plaintiffs. The same agent represented the sellers in their original purchase of the home and when they listed it, but the agent was not involved at all in the sellers’ renovations to the home.

The court found that there was no evidence to support the Plaintiffs’ claims against the listing agent for negligent misrepresentation and violation of the South Carolina Residential Property Condition Disclosure Act. Specifically, the court concluded that the Plaintiffs failed to demonstrate a genuine issue of material fact as to whether the agent made a false representation or breached any duty owed to the Plaintiffs, and as to whether the Plaintiffs justifiably relied on any alleged representation of the listing agent. The court also concluded that, because the Plaintiffs’ negligent misrepresentation claim failed, their claim under the Residential Property Condition Disclosure Act also failed as a matter of law, despite alleged inaccuracies in a condition disclosure statement completed by the sellers.  The Plaintiffs were seeking damages in excess of $400,000.00.


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