Press Releases

July 20th, 2015

COLUMBIA, SC – Rogers Townsend & Thomas, PC, is pleased to announce that attorney John J. Hearn, a shareholder in the Firm’s Columbia office, was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Legal & Financial Network (ALFN). The ALFN is a professional organization comprised of members of the residential mortgage banking and legal… Read More


July 8th, 2015

MCGINNES INDUSTRIAL MAINTENANCE CORPORATION v. THE PHOENIX INSURANCE COMPANY AND THE TRAVELERS INDEMNITY COMPANY :: 2015 :: Supreme Court of Texas Decisions :: Texas Case Law :: Texas Law :: U.S. Law :: Justia. Texas has joined a growing number of jurisdictions which have ruled that enforcement actions by EPA can qualify as a “suit”… Read More


June 3rd, 2015

Bottom line: A covenant violation by a homeowner does not justify or excuse a violation by another homeowner. Noticing other plastic mailboxes in the neighborhood, a homeowner installs her own without seeking the approval of the architectural committee of his homeowners association. Soon thereafter, she gets a violation notice from the association board of directors:… Read More


May 18th, 2015

In our last post in this series, we looked at the form of indemnification available when there is no contract between the parties—equitable indemnification. However, there are two requirements that the party seeking indemnification must remember: (1) The party seeking indemnification must be “without fault” and (2) There must be a “special relationship” between the… Read More


May 18th, 2015

COLUMBIA, SC – Rogers Townsend & Thomas, PC, is pleased to announce that attorney  T. McRoy “Roy” Shelley III, a shareholder in the Firm’s Columbia office, was named Law-Related Education (LRE) Lawyer of the Year by the South Carolina Bar. The award is presented annually to a member of the South Carolina Bar who has:… Read More


May 15th, 2015

The ‘living concrete’ that can heal itself – CNN.com. The construction industry is nothing if not innovative. Dutch researchers have found a way to mix bacteria into concrete in order to repair cracks. The bacteria remain  dormant until water (entering through a crack) dissolve a plastic encapsulation, whereupon the bacteria grow and consume a calcium… Read More


May 12th, 2015

SMITH v. GEORGIA FARM BUREAU MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY – FindLaw. In a March 31, 2015 opinion, the Georgia Court of Appeals held that an absolute pollution exclusion provision in a CGL policy did not exclude coverage for alleged damages from lead-based paint. The Court’s analysis was based on the premise that “[p]olicies of insurance will… Read More


April 13th, 2015

I write this blog in response to a question from one of my readers, a current association board treasurer and secretary who read my previous post about recorded meetings. Scenario: The association holds an open meeting. The secretary (or any other person acting on behalf of the board) records the meeting for the purpose of… Read More


March 31st, 2015

Coal ash upside? State, Duke seek beneficial uses. The “heated” attention being paid to Coal Ash in the Carolinas (and other, particularly southern, states where coal-fired power plants are still prevalent) has also brought renewed interest in the beneficial reuse of coal ash. Coal ash has some tremendously useful properties that make it ideal for… Read More


March 31st, 2015

Just like with the NCAA basketball brackets (‘tho with a much smaller betting pool), I made my predictions of winners and losers at the opening session of this year’s Carolinas Construction & Environmental Claims Conference. The opening session was entitled “Seeing the Forest and the Trees: An overview of the current issues affecting construction, environmental,… Read More


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