Supreme Court of South Carolina

 

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The summary below each case is prepared to offer lawyers and the public a general overview of what issues are included in a case which will be argued. The summary is not a limit on what issues a party to a case may present at oral argument.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

09:30 a.m. (Time Limits: 15-15-5)  
2018-001878   The State, Respondent, v. Sha'quille Washington, Petitioner.

Jack B. Swerling, of Columbia and Katherine Carruth Goode, of Winnsboro, for Petitioner. Attorney General Alan M. Wilson, Senior Assistant Attorney General David Spencer, both of Columbia and Solicitor Scarlet A. Wilson, of Charleston, for Respondent.

The Court granted a writ of certiorari to review the court of appeals decision in State v. Washington, 424 S.C. 374, 818 S.E.2d 459 (Ct. App. 2018).

10:00 a.m. (Time Limits: 10-10-5)  
2019-001604   The State of South Carolina, Petitioner, v. Tony Latrell Kinard, Respondent.

Attorney General Alan McCrory Wilson, Senior Assistant Deputy Attorney General William M. Blitch, Jr., both of Columbia and Solicitor David M. Stumbo, of Greenwood, for Petitioner. Michael Vincent Laubshire and Richard James Dolce, both of Columbia, for Respondent.

The Court granted the State a writ of certiorari to review the court of appeals' interpretation of S.C. Code Ann. § 56-5-2953(A) (2018) in State v. Kinard, 427 S.C. 367, 831 S.E.2d 138 (Ct. App. 2019).

10:30 a.m. (Time Limits: 15-15-5)  
2019-000842   The State, Petitioner, v. John Kenneth Massey, Jr., Respondent.

Attorney General Alan Wilson, Senior Assistant Deputy Attorney General Megan Harrigan Jameson, Senior Assistant Attorney General Mark R. Farthing, all of Columbia and Solicitor Kevin S. Brackett, of York, for Petitioner. Appellate Defender David Alexander, of Columbia, for Respondent.

The Court granted the State's petition for a writ of certiorari to review the decision of the court of appeals in State v. Massey, 426 S.C. 90, 825 S.E.2d 717 (Ct. App. 2019). The issue on appeal concerns the interpretation of S.C. Code Ann. section 16-11-10, which defines the term "dwelling" for purposes of South Carolina's first-degree burglary statute.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

09:30 a.m. (Time Limits: 10-10-5)  
2019-001134   City of Myrtle Beach, For Itself and a Class of Similarly Situated Plaintiffs, Respondent, v. Horry County, Appellant.

William Grayson Lambert, of Burr & Forman LLP, of Columbia, James K. Gilliam and Adam R. Artigliere, both of Burr & Forman LLP, of Greenville and Henrietta U. Golding, of Burr & Forman LLP, of Myrtle Beach, for Appellant. John M. S. Hoefer and Chad N. Johnston, both of Willoughby & Hoefer, P.A., of Columbia and R. Walker Humphrey, II, of Willoughby & Hoefer, P.A., of Charleston, for Respondents.

This case centers around Horry County's challenge to an injunction placed on its collection of a hospitality fee.

10:00 a.m. (Time Limits: 10-10-5)  
2019-001016   South Carolina Public Interest Foundation, Amy Hill, and Rebecca Bonnette, Individually, and on behalf of all others similarly situated, Appellants, v. Calhoun County Council, Respondent.

James G. Carpenter, of The Carpenter Law Firm, PC, of Greenville, for Appellants. Robert E. Tyson, Jr. and Benjamin R. Gooding, both of Robinson Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC, of Columbia, Charles E. Rhodes, III, R. Patrick Flynn and Michael W. Allen, Jr., all of Pope Flynn Group, of Columbia, for Respondent.

In this direct appeal, we review the circuit court's decision to grant the County's motion for summary judgment, which found Appellants' claims were barred by the statute of limitations and declined to consider the merits of their claims challenging a county ordinance adopted pursuant to S.C. Code Ann. § 4-10-330 (Supp. 2019).

10:30 a.m. (Time Limits: 15-15-5)  
2019-001201   Grays Hill Baptist Church, Petitioner, v. Beaufort County, and The Beaufort County Zoning Board of Appeals, Defendants, and The United States of America, Defendant-Intervenor, Of which Beaufort County and The United States of America are the Respondents.

H. Fred Kuhn, Jr. of Moss, Kuhn & Fleming, P.A. of Beaufort for Petitioner. Mary Bass of Howell, Gibson & Hughes of Beaufort and Assistant United States Attorney Lee E. Berlinksy of Charleston, for Respondents.

The Court granted a writ of certiorari to review the court of appeals decision in Grays Hill Baptist Church v. Beaufort County, 427 S.C. 57, 828 S.E.2d 234 (Ct. App. 2019).

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

09:30 a.m. (Time Limits: 15-15-5)  
2019-000038   Stoneledge at Lake Keowee Owners' Association, Inc.; C. Dan Carson; Jeffrey J. Dauler; Joan W. Davenport; Michael Furnari; Donna Furnari; Jessy B. Grasso; Nancy E. Grasso; Robert P. Hayes; Lucy H. Hayes; Ty Hix; Jennifer D. Hix; Paul W. Hund, III; Ruth E. Isaac; Michael D. Plourde; Mary Lou Plourde; Carol C. Pope; Steven B. Taylor; Bette J. Taylor; and Robert White, Individually and on Behalf of all others similarly situated, Petitioners-Respondents, v. IMK Development Co., LLC; Keowee Townhouses, LLC; Ludwig Corporation, LLC; SDI Funding, LLC; Medallion at Keowee, LLC; Integrys Keowee Development, LLC; Marick Home Builders, LLC; Bostic Brothers Construction, Inc.; Miller/Player & Associates; Bradford D. Seckinger; John Ludwig; William Cox; Larry D. Lollis; Rick Thoennes; M Group Construction and Development; LLC; Mel Morris; Joe Bostic; Jeff Bostic; Clear View Construction, LLC; Michael Franz; MHC Contractors; Miguel Porras Choncoas; Builders First Source-Southeast Group; Mike Green; Southern Concrete Specialties; Carl Compton d/b/a Compton Enterprize a/k/a Compton Enterprises; Gunter Heating & Air; All Pro Heating; A/C & Refrigeration, LLC; Coleman Waterproofing; Heyward Electrical Services, Inc.; Tinsley Electrical, LLC; Hutch N Son Construction, Inc.; Upstate Utilities, Inc.; Southern Basements; Carl Catoe Construction, Inc.; T.G. Construction, LLC; Delfino Construction; Francisco Javier Zarate d/b/a Zarate Construction; Alejandro Avalos Cruz; Herberto Acros Hernandez; Martin Hernandez-Aviles; Francisco Villalobos Lopez; Ambrosio Martinez-Ramirez; Ester Moran Mentado; Socorro Castillo Montel; MJG Construction and Homebuilders, Inc. d/b/a MJG Construction; KMAC of the Carolinas, Inc.; Eufacio Garcia; Everado Jarmamillio; Garcia Parra Insulation, Inc.; J&J Construction; Jose Nino; Jose Manuel Garcia; Eason Construction, Inc.; Vincent Morales d/b/a Morales Masonry and Miller/Player & Associates, Defendants, Of Which Marick Home Builders, LLC and Rick Thoennes are the Respondents-Petitioners.

Robert T. Lyles, Jr. and Lee Anne Walters, both of Lyles & Associates, LLC, of Charleston, for Petitioners-Respondents. Jason M. Imhoff, of The Ward Law Firm, of Spartanburg, for Respondents-Petitioners.

The Court granted cross-petitions for certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision in Stoneledge at Lake Keowee Owners' Association, Inc. v. IMK Development Co., LLC, 425 S.C. 276, 821 S.E.2d 509 (Ct. App. 2018).

10:00 a.m. (Time Limits: 15-15-5)  
2019-000041   Stoneledge at Lake Keowee Owners' Association, Inc., C. Dan Carson, Jeffrey J. Dauler, Joan W. Davenport, Michael Furnari, Donna Furnari, Jessy B. Grasso, Nancy E. Grasso, Robert P. Hayes, Lucy H. Hayes, Ty Hix, Jennifer D. Hix, Paul W. Hund, III, Ruth E. Isaac, Michael D. Plourde, Mary Lou Plourde, Carol C. Pope, Steven B. Taylor, Bettie J. Taylor, and Robert White, Individually, and on behalf of all others similarly situated, Petitioners-Respondents, v. IMK Development Co., LLC, Larry D. Lollis, William C. Cox, Integrys Keowee Development, LLC, Marick Home Builders, LLC, Bostic Brothers Construction, Inc., Rick Thoennes, Defendants, Of Which Bostic Brothers Construction, Inc. is the Respondent-Petitioner.

Robert T. Lyles and Lee Anne Walters, both of Lyles & Associates, LLC, of Charleston, for Petitioners-Respondents. Alan R. Belcher, Jr. and Elizabeth F. Wieters, both of Hall Booth Smith, P.C., of Mt. Pleasant and Paul Trainor, of Hall Booth Smith, P.C., of Atlanta, Georgia, for Respondent-Petitioner.

The Court granted cross-petitions for certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision in Stoneledge at Lake Keowee Owners' Association, Inc. v. IMK Development Co., LLC, 425 S.C. 268, 821 S.E.2d 504 (Ct. App. 2018).

10:30 a.m. (Time Limits: 15-15-5)  
2019-001206   The State, Respondent, v. Felix Kotowski, Petitioner.

Appellate Defender Lara M. Caudy, of Columbia for Petitioner. Attorney General Alan Wilson and Senior Assistant Attorney General David Spencer, both of Columbia and Solicitor David M. Pascoe, Jr., of Summerville, for Respondent.

The Court granted a writ of certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision in State v. Kotowski, 427 S.C. 119, 828 S.E.2d 605 (2019).

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Furman University

09:30 a.m.
2019-000535   Madel C. Rivero, as Personal Representative for the Estate of Lilia Lorena Blandin, Respondent, v. Sheriff Steve Loftis, in his capacity as Sheriff of Greenville County, Petitioner.

Andrew F. Lindemann, of Lindemann, Davis & Hughes, P. A., of Columbia, Russell W. Harter, Jr. and Carly H. Davis, both of Chapman Harter & Harter, P.A., of Greenville, for Petitioner. Blake A. Hewitt, of Bluestein Thompson Sullivan, L.L.C., of Columbia, Daniel J. Farnsworth, Jr., of FArnsworth Law Offices, of Greenville, J Christopher Wilson, of Wilson Law Group, of Bamberg, Daniel W. Luginbill, of McGowan, Hood & Felder, of Mt. Pleasant and Kathleen C. Barnes, of Barnes Law Firm, LLC, of Hampton, for Respondent.

10:30 a.m.
2019-000705   Georgetown County, Petitioner, v. Davis & Floyd, Inc., Republic Contracting Corporation, S&ME, Inc., The South Carolina Department of Transportation and The City of Georgetown, Defendants, Of whom The South Carolina Department of Transportation and the City of Georgetown are the Respondents.

Louis H. Lang of Tighe & Robinson, LLC of Columbia, for Petitioner. David L. Morrison, of Morrison Law Firm, LLC of Columbia and Lisa A. Reynolds of Anderson & Reynolds, LLC of Charleston, for Respondent

11:30 a.m.
2019-000693   Bradley Sanders, Petitioner, v. South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles and Columbia Police Department, Respondents below, Of whom South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles is the Respondent.

Heath Preston Taylor, of Taylor Law Firm, LLC, of West Columbia, for Petitioner. Frank L. Valenta, Jr., Philip S. Porter and Brandy Anne Duncan, all of the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, of Blythewood, for Respondent.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Furman University

09:30 a.m.
2019-001345   The State, Petitioner, v. Billy Lemurces Taylor, Respondent.

Attorney General Alan Wilson, Deputy Attorney General Donald J. Zelenka, Senior Assistant Deputy Attorney General Melody J. Brown, all of Columbia and Solicitor W. Walter Wilkins, III, of Greenville, for Petitioner. Appellate Defender David Alexander, of Columbia, for Respondent.

10:30 a.m.
2019-001019   The State, Respondent, v. Rhajon Akeem Reshae Sanders, Petitioner.

Deputy Chief Appellate Defender Wanda H. Carter, of Columbia, for Petitioner. Attorney General Alan Wilson, Senior Assistant Deputy Attorney General William M. Blitch, Jr., both of Columbia and Solicitor Scarlett A. Wilson, of Charleston, for Respondent.

11:30 a.m.
2019-000816   Angela D. Keene, Individually and as Personal Representative of the Estate of Dennis Seay, Deceased, and Linda Seay, Respondents, v. CNA Holdings, LLC, Petitioner.

Bert Glenn Utsey, III of Peters Murdaugh Parker Eltzroth & Detrick, PA of Charleston SC for Respondent Angie Keene, Bert Glenn Utsey, III of Peters Murdaugh Parker Eltzroth & Detrick, PA of Charleston SC for Respondent Linda Seay, C. Mitchell Brown of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP of Columbia SC for Petitioner CNA Holdings, LLC, Theile Branham McVey of Kassel McVey of Columbia SC for Respondent Angie Keene, Theile Branham McVey of Kassel McVey of Columbia SC for Respondent Linda Seay, Allen Mattison Bogan of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP of Columbia SC for Petitioner CNA Holdings, LLC, John D. Kassel of Kassel McVey of Columbia SC for Respondent Angie Keene, John D. Kassel of Kassel McVey of Columbia SC for Respondent Linda Seay, Kevin W. Paul of Dallas TX for Respondent Angie Keene, Kevin W. Paul of Dallas TX for Respondent Linda Seay, Blake Terence Williams of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP of Columbia SC for Petitioner CNA Holdings, LLC, Chris Panatier of Dallas TX for Respondent Angie Keene, Chris Panatier of Dallas TX for Respondent Linda Seay, Richard C. Godfrey of Chicago IL for Petitioner CNA Holdings, LLC