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Keith Babcock Awarded with 2016 Civic Star Award

The Richland County Bar Association has awarded Lewis Babcock partner Keith M. Babcock with the 2016 Civic Star Award. The award is given annually in recognition of exceptional and meritorious service to the Richland County community by a member of the Richland County Bar Association for activities outside of the legal profession.  Keith received the award at the Richland County Bar’s holiday party on December 8, 2016.

Homeowners’ Litigation and Vote Frees Residents of D.R. Horton Subdivision from Payments for Unwanted Telecom Services

As a result of homeowners’ litigation and overwhelming vote turnout, the residents of the Mill Creek at Cypress Ridge subdivision in Bluffton, South Carolina will no longer have to pay for a landline telephone or any other unwanted telecom services.  Read more here.  See media coverage from The Island Packet and LowCountryBizSC.

Lewis Babcock Welcomes New Associate

Lewis Babcock is pleased to welcome David L. Paavola as a new associate at our Columbia office located at 1513 Hampton Street.   David formerly served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection and Antitrust Section of the South Carolina Attorney General’s office.  He will be practicing in the area of litigation, concentrating on business disputes, eminent domain, financial services litigation, and professional misconduct. Read more here.

2016 South Carolina Super Lawyers®

Cam Lewis and Keith Babcock have been selected for inclusion in the 2016 South Carolina Super Lawyers®.  Ryan Heiskell has been selected for inclusion in the 2016 South Carolina Rising Stars Super Lawyers®.

Alleged Kickbacks to D.R. Horton from Telecom Provider Brings Lawsuit in Bluffton by HOA Members

Members of a Bluffton, South Carolina homeowners association (HOA) have filed suit against HOA officers and directors, developer D.R. Horton (NYSE: DHI), and Hargray Communications alleging fiduciary violations and unfair trade practices in connection with hidden kickbacks paid from Hargray to D.R. Horton.  The allegations concern a ten-year deal purporting to bind homeowners to an exclusive bulk-billing arrangement for premium telecom services. Lewis Babcock partner Badge Humphries, who represents the plaintiffs, said “The purpose of the lawsuit is to vindicate the rights of the association and its members, who have been forced to participate in contracts that serve the interests of D.R. Horton and Hargray, not their own.” Read more here. See media coverage from NBC Channel 3 and The Island Packet.

SC Supreme Court Rules Against Car Dealership in Closing Fees Case

On Nov. 4, 2015, the court ruled 3-2 that a Pickens County car dealership shouldn’t have charged a $299 “closing fee” when it sold a used car to a local woman. The car dealership will have to pay $2.8 million actual damages to the plaintiff and 5,314 other people who bought cars from Hendrick Honda of Easley from 2002 to 2006. Lewis Babcock partner Cam Lewis, who represented the plaintiff, estimates there are currently more than 200 such lawsuits against other state car dealerships. “All of them were waiting to see what the Supreme Court did in this case,” Lewis said in an article in The State Newspaper. Read more here.

Lewis Babcock Brings Case Against Volkswagen in SC State Court Exclusively for the Benefit of South Carolinians

On Friday, September 25, 2015, attorneys filed the first lawsuits specific to South Carolina victims of the alleged Volkswagen emissions fraud in the Court of Common Pleas for the Ninth Judicial Circuit in Charleston County. Anyone who currently or previously owned or leased one of these Volkswagen vehicles in South Carolina may be a beneficiary of this South Carolina state court action. Learn more.

The Best Lawyers in America® 2016

Camden Lewis and Keith M. Babcock were recently selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016 (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

Cam Lewis Named 2015 Leadership in Law Award Recipient by South Carolina Lawyers Weekly

South Carolina Lawyers Weekly has honored Lewis Babcock LLP partner A. Camden Lewis with its 2015 Leadership in Law Award.  This annual award recognizes a select few within the South Carolina legal profession who, through local and state community involvement, professional leadership and accomplishments, have made a positive impact and lasting contribution to our country’s justice system.

Lewis, Babcock Names Badge Humphries as New Partner and Opens Charleston Office

With an extensive background in complex federal and state class actions, securities fraud litigation and shareholder rights, Badge Humphries litigates cases involving Ponzi schemes, business disputes, wage-and-hour, whistleblower claims, and land-use and eminent domain/condemnation matters.  He also handles legal and medical malpractice, defective drugs, harmful medical devices, and other personal injury matters.  Humphries serves as the partner-in-charge of the new office which is located at 2113 Middle Street on Sullivan’s Island. Read the full press release here.

Cam Lewis Bestowed the South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ) Founders’ Award 

Lewis, Babcock is proud to announce that trial lawyer and co-founding member A. Camden Lewis has been named the 2014 recipient of the South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ) Founders’ Award. The award is the association’s highest honor and is given in recognition of years of professional service to the people of this State and others. Lewis was presented this honor during the 2014 Annual Convention in Hilton Head, S.C.

Cam Lewis Honored by USC Law School

A. Camden Lewis was awarded the Platinum Compleat Lawyer Award by the University of South Carolina Law School Alumni Council in the spring of 2014. The Compleat Lawyer Awards were established in 1992 to recognize alumni for outstanding civic and professional accomplishments. Recipients are individuals who have made significant contributions to the legal profession and exemplify the highest standards of professional competence, ethics and integrity. For more information, read here.

Case News

Baugh v. Columbia Heart Clinic

The South Carolina Supreme Court refused to grant certiorari to review the Court of Appeals’ decision in Baugh v. Columbia Heart Clinic (“CHC”), thereby giving final effect to the opinion that CHC’s covenant not to compete was valid and enforceable. Cam Lewis, Keith Babcock and Ariail King represented CHC in the appeals.

Grimsley v. SLED

Cam Lewis and Ariail King recently prevailed in the Grimsley v. SLED case in which the Court of Appeals reversed the grant of summary judgment against the plaintiff and ordered the lower court to set the matter for trial. Read the opinion here.

Limehouse v. Hulsey

Cam Lewis, Keith Babcock and Ariail King recently prevailed in Limehouse v. Hulsey, in which the South Carolina Supreme Court vacated two judgments of over $10 million. Read the opinion here.

Alexander v. Houston

In Alexander v. Houston, Cam Lewis, Keith Babcock and Ariail King successfully challenged the Barnwell County Council’s appointment of themselves to a second office. The South Carolina Supreme Court found that simultaneous service as members of both the County Council and the Barnwell Hospital Board of Directors was a violation of the South Carolina constitutional prohibition against dual office holding. Read the opinion here.

Baugh v. Columbia Heart Clinic

Cam Lewis, Keith Babcock and Ariail King recently prevailed in the South Carolina Court of Appeals in Baugh v. Columbia Heart Clinic, Op. No. 5074 (filed January 16, 2013). The Court ruled that Columbia Heart Clinic’s covenant not to compete was valid and enforceable. Read the opinion here.

Prevailing in the South Carolina Supreme Court

Cam Lewis and Keith Babcock recently prevailed on behalf of the Appellant, SEL Properties, in the South Carolina Supreme Court. See, Dutch Fork Development Group, II, LLC v. SEL Properties, LLC, __ S.E.2d __, 2012 WL 3667374 (August 22, 2012).

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