Freeman v. Colwell Mortg. Corp., No. 1283

CourtCourt of Appeals of South Carolina
Writing for the CourtCURETON; SHAW; BELL
Citation377 S.E.2d 108,297 S.C. 335
PartiesBetty L. FREEMAN, Appellant, v. COLWELL MORTGAGE CORPORATION, Respondent. . Heard
Docket NumberNo. 1283
Decision Date14 December 1988

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377 S.E.2d 108
297 S.C. 335
Betty L. FREEMAN, Appellant,
v.
COLWELL MORTGAGE CORPORATION, Respondent.
No. 1283.
Court of Appeals of South Carolina.
Heard Dec. 14, 1988.
Decided Jan. 23, 1989.

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[297 S.C. 336] J. Allen Lewis, Jr., of Yarborough, Lewis & Weaver, Florence, for appellant.

W. Francis Marion, Jr., Greenville, for respondent.

CURETON, Judge:

This case involves an alternative order in claim and delivery. The trial judge held the order did not create a lien against the property of Appellant--Betty L. Freeman and thus Colwell was not negligent in failing to remove the order from the public record after notice. Freeman appeals from the trial court's granting of Colwell's motion for summary judgment. We reverse.

In 1976 Appellant-Betty L. Freeman and her husband purchased a mobile home and financed it through Wilson Mortgage & Finance Corporation. Wilson Mortgage subsequently became Colwell Mortgage Corporation, the Respondent in this appeal. In 1978, Freeman and her husband divorced.

In 1982, Colwell brought a claim and delivery action to repossess the mobile home or obtain a money judgment against Freeman and her ex-husband. The trial court issued its default judgment finding Colwell entitled to possession of the mobile home and if possession could not be had then Colwell "to have judgment for the reasonable value of the property, the sum

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of $10,120.74 plus $1518.11 attorney fees and $30.00 costs for this action, for a total judgment of $11,668.85." The mobile home was repossessed, but the "Order For Judgment" was not removed from the records of the Clerk of Court.

[297 S.C. 337] In June 1985, Freeman discovered the "Order For Judgment" while attempting to sell her home. At that time she notified Colwell and demanded a "release" from the judgment. Freeman alleges Colwell failed to release the judgment until November 1985. In her complaint Freeman specified as an allegation of negligence the failure to remove the judgment in a reasonable and timely manner. She alleged she was unable to sell her home as a result of Colwell's negligence even though she had a purchaser. 1 She seeks recovery of lost profits. She also claims she suffered mental anguish and the loss of a good credit rating and standing in her community.

Freeman first argues the trial court committed error in finding the "Order For Judgment" was a conditional judgment which did not create a lien on Freeman's property. She argues the "Order For Judgment" was an alternative judgment which constituted a final monetary verdict and in turn constituted a lien on her real estate.

Section 15-69-210, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, permits the recovery of an alternative judgment of possession of the item or the value of the item in case delivery cannot be had and for damages for the detention of the item. Pursuant...

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  • In re Killian, C/A No. 05-14629-HB (Bankr. S.C. 7/23/2009), C/A No. 05-14629-HB.
    • United States
    • United States Bankruptcy Courts. Fourth Circuit. U.S. Bankruptcy Court — District of South Carolina
    • July 23, 2009
    ...Dept. of Transportation, 348 S.C. 125, 133 (Ct. App. 2001). A duty of care may be created by statute. Freeman v. Colwell Mortg. Corp., 297 S.C. 335, 338 (S.C. Ct. App. 1989); see also Rayfield v. S.C. Dep't of Corrections, 297 S.C. 95, 101 (S.C. Ct. App. 1988) ("[A] statute may be the ......
  • Wilson v. Moseley, No. 24664
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of South Carolina
    • June 6, 1996
    ...claim which on its face appears valid, but resort to extrinsic evidence will show its invalidity." Freeman v. Colwell Mortgage Corp., 297 S.C. 335, 377 S.E.2d 108 (1989). The deed of conveyance from a tax sale must be held and taken as prima facie evidence of a good title in the holder......
2 cases
  • In re Killian, C/A No. 05-14629-HB (Bankr. S.C. 7/23/2009), C/A No. 05-14629-HB.
    • United States
    • United States Bankruptcy Courts. Fourth Circuit. U.S. Bankruptcy Court — District of South Carolina
    • July 23, 2009
    ...Dept. of Transportation, 348 S.C. 125, 133 (Ct. App. 2001). A duty of care may be created by statute. Freeman v. Colwell Mortg. Corp., 297 S.C. 335, 338 (S.C. Ct. App. 1989); see also Rayfield v. S.C. Dep't of Corrections, 297 S.C. 95, 101 (S.C. Ct. App. 1988) ("[A] statute may be the ......
  • Wilson v. Moseley, No. 24664
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of South Carolina
    • June 6, 1996
    ...claim which on its face appears valid, but resort to extrinsic evidence will show its invalidity." Freeman v. Colwell Mortgage Corp., 297 S.C. 335, 377 S.E.2d 108 (1989). The deed of conveyance from a tax sale must be held and taken as prima facie evidence of a good title in the holder......

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