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Edward W. Laney, IV

Of Counsel | Columbia, SC |

elaney@turnerpadget.com   |   vcard   |   803-227-4233

Biography

Eddie was admitted to practice in 1985 and has been trying cases in state and federal court throughout his career. He also has argued cases before the South Carolina Supreme Court, South Carolina Court of Appeals and Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Eddie currently concentrates his practice on complex personal injury cases, coverage issues, bad faith actions and trucking accidents. He served as the firm’s chief executive officer from 2009-2014.

Eddie has deep ties to South Carolina and the law firm. He is a native of South Carolina and has lived in the state his entire life. Eddie’s late father, E.W. Laney, was one of the firm’s early partners. Eddie was employed as a law clerk by the firm during law school and has worked with Turner Padget as a lawyer since he was admitted to practice.

Representative Matters

Insurance

  • Obtained summary judgment on a claim for underinsured motorist coverage for injuries sustained in a drive-by shooting.
  • Prevailed on summary judgment with the court ruling the operator of the insured vehicle did not have permission to use the vehicle at the time of the accident.
  • Granted summary judgment that the insurance company made a meaningful offer of underinsured motorist coverage.
  • Trial court reversed on appeal and obtained a ruling that reporting an accident eight months after it occurred did not satisfy the statutory requirement for an uninsured motorist claim that the accident be reported to authorities within a reasonable time.
  • Obtained a reversal of trial court on appeal and established precedent in South Carolina that a life insurer is not required to show a causal connection between the insured’s death and the matter misrepresented to rescind a policy for fraud.


Personal Injury

  • On a wrongful death claim where liability admitted, case settled at pre-trial offer after two days of trial.


Trucking

  • Successfully defended a trucking company and its driver on a wrongful death claim in a multiple-day trial in federal court.

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