Law & Order: Charleston

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Charleston got it’s day in the state Supreme Court today, with three decisions stemming from incidents in Charleston County.

In Doe v. Marion, the parents of a boy had alleged their son was abused by his pediatrician and they were seeking damages from the psychiatrist who had been treating the doctor for several years, claiming that she should have warned others about the doctor's predilection. Since there wasn’t a specific threat that the psychiatrist was aware of, the court said Monday that she should not be held responsible.

In Doan v. Charleston County, a man was seeking attorney fees from the county after his case involving the failed 2002 sales tax referendum was deemed without merit. The court said no.

In Schnellmann v. Roettger, a couple bought a house advertised at 3,350 sq. ft., though no assurances were made regarding the accuracy of the measurement. Come to find out, the home was just shy of 3,000 sq. ft. and the new owners sued for fraud. The court ruled that the buyers had every reason to doubt the sellers claim. The court also found no damages in the case since the property, with the correct measurements, was assessed at more than the $478,000 selling price.

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