Brown v. Allstate Insurance Co – Case Brief Summary (South Carolina)

In Brown v. Allstate Insurance Co., 344 S.C. 21, 542 S.E.2d 723 (S.C. 2001), the appellate court found that the trial court's admission of evidence of Brown's "non-prosecution for arson was irrelevant and inadmissible...." Id. at 725.

However, because the case was tried to the court, rather than to a jury, and there was no indication that the judge relied on the "incompetent evidence," the appellate court found the error harmless. Id. at 726.

That Brown was a non-jury trial is, of course, a fact of notable import. Indeed, it was that fact on which the Brown court relied in reaching its decision that the error was harmless.