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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.

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Thursday, May 6, 2021

09:30 a.m.    
2020-001572   Mercury Funding, LLC, Petitioner, v. Kimberly Chesney, in her official capacity as Tax Collector of Beaufort County, Respondent. And Jason P. Phillips, in his official capacity as the Anderson County Treasurer and Delinquent Tax Collector; Jill Catoe, in her official capacity as Kershaw County Treasurer and Delinquent Tax Collector; David A. Adams, in his official capacity as Richland County Treasurer and Delinquent Tax Collector; and Jennifer Page, in her official capacity as Lancaster County Delinquent Tax Collector, Intervenors-Respondents.

Costa M. Pleicones, Steve A. Matthews, A. Parker Barnes III, and Sarah P. Spruill all of Haynesworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A., of Columbia, for Petitioners. Mary B. Lohr of Howell Gibson & Hughes, P.A., of Beaufort, for Respondent. Jonathan M. Robinson, G. Murrell Smith Jr., Shanon N. Peake, and Austin T. Reed, all of Smith Robinson Holler DuBose and Morgan, LLC., for Intervenors-Respondents.

10:30 a.m.    
2020-000462   Grange Mutual Casualty and Trustguard Insurance Company, Respondents, v. 20/20 Auto Glass, LLC, Petitioner.

Joshua M. Henderson of Henderson, Brandt and Vieth, PA of Spartanburg and Charles J. Lloyd amicus curiae, Livgard and Lloyd, PLLP of Minneapolis, MN for Petitioner. Wesley B. Sawyer and Ronald B. Diegel, Murphy and Grantland PA of Columbia for Respondents.

11:30 a.m.    
2020-000481   David B. Lemon, Claimant, Respondent, v. Mt. Pleasant Waterworks, Employer, and State Accident Fund, Carrier, Petitioners.

Kirsten Leslie Barr, Trask & Howell, LLC, of Mt. Pleasant for Petitioners. Carl H. Jacobson, Uricchio Howe Krell, PA of Charleston for Respondent.


Tuesday, May 25, 2021

09:30 a.m.    
2020-000439   United Services Automobile Association, Respondent, v. Belinda Pickens, Appellant.

Thomas J. Rode, Thurmond Kirchner and Timbes, PA of Charleston and Richard C. Alexander, Terrence Wise of North Charleston for Appellant. J.R. Murphy and Wesley B Sawyer, Murphy and Grantland, PA of Columbia for Respondent.

10:30 a.m.    
2020-000970   Jennifer Pinckney, Howard Duvall and Kay Patterson, Petitioners, v. Harvey Peeler, in his official capacity as President of the South Carolina Senate; James H. Lucas, in his official capacity as Speaker of the South Carolina House of Representatives; and Henry D. McMaster, in his official capacity as Governor of South Carolina, Respondents.

Matthew T. Richardson of Wyche, P.A., of Columbia; and Gerald Malloy, of Malloy Law Firm of Hartsville, for petitioners. Thomas A. Limehouse, Jr., Chief Legal Counsel; Anita (Mardi) S. Fair, Deputy Legal Counsel, Office of the Governor, of Columbia, for Respondent Governor Henry D. McMaster; Kenneth M. Moffitt and John P. Hazzard, V., both of Columbia, for respondent Harvey Peeler, President of the South Carolina Senate; Bradley S. Wright and Wm. Grayson Lambert of Burr & Forman LLP of Columbia, for respondent James H. Lucas, Speaker of the House of Representatives. Robert K. Merting, of R. K. Merting, LLC, of Greenville, amici curiae for The South Carolina Division Sons of Confederate Veterans Inc., Department of Georgia and South Carolina, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, The Washington Light Infantry of Charleston, SC 1807, Palmetto Guard of Charleston, South Carolina Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc., American Heritage Association, and the South Carolina History Preservation Committee, Inc.

11:30 a.m.    
2020-000448   Pickens County, Respondent, v. South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and MRR Pickens, LLC, Petitioners.

Chad N. Johnston, Willoughby and Hoefer, PA, Jessica J.O. King, Williams Mullen Law, Robert F. Goings and Jessica L. Gooding, Goings Law Firm, LLC, Etta R. Linen and Karen Christine Ratigan, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Services, of Columbia and R. Walker Humphrey, II, Willoughby and Hoefer, PA, of Charleston for Petitioners.


Wednesday, May 26, 2021

 09:30 a.m.    
2020-000523   Carla Denise Garrison and Clint Garrison, Petitioners/Respondents, v. Target Corporation, Respondent/Petitioner.

Joshua T. Hawkins, Helena L. Jedziniak of Hawkins & Jedziniak, LLC of Greenville, and John Howell of Mississippi for Petitioner-Respondents. John C. Moylan, III, of Wyche, PA of Columbia, Knox L. Haynsworth, III of Brown, Massey, Evens, McLeod & Haysnesworth, LLC of Greenville and Lewis F. Powell, III and George P. Sibley, III of Hunton, Andrews, Kurth, LLP of Richmond, Virginia for Respondent-Petitioners. William Grayson Lambert of Burr & Forman, LLP of Columbia as Amici Curiae Chambers of Commerce and Industry Groups.

10:30 a.m.    
2019-001900   Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC, Appellant-Respondent, v. South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff, Hasala Dharmawardena, CMC Recycling, Cypress Creek Renewables, LLC, SC Department of Consumer Affairs, Sierra Club, South Carolina Coastal Conservation League, South Carolina Energy Users Committee, South Carolina Solar Business Alliance, Inc., the South Carolina State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Upstate Forever, Vote Solar, and Walmart, Inc., Respondents, of whom South Carolina Energy Users Committee is, Respondent-Appellant.

Heather Shirley Smith, Deputy General Counsel for Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC and Duke Energy Progress, of of Greenville, Frank R. Ellerbe, III and Robert E. Stepp, both of Robinson Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC, of Columbia, Sarah P. Spruill, of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A., of Greenville and Thomas S. Mullikin, of Mullikin Law Firm, of Camden, for Appellant-Respondent. Scott Elliott, of Elliott & Elliott, P.A., of Columbia, for Respondent-Appellant. Jeffrey M. Nelson, Jenny R. Pittman, C. Lessie Hammonds, Andrew M. Bateman, Alexander W. Knowles and Christopher M. Huber, all of South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff, of Columbia and Wallace K. Lightsey, of Wyche, P.A., of Greenville, for Respondent. William Grayson Lambert and Bradley S. Wright, both of Burr & Forman LLP, of Columbia, for Amicus Curiae South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation.

11:30 a.m.    
2019-001904   Duke Energy Progress, LLC, Appellant, v. South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff, Nucor Steel-South Carolina, Cypress Creek Renewables, LLC, SC Department of Consumer Affairs, Sierra Club, South Carolina Coastal Conservation League, South Carolina Energy Users Committee, South Carolina Solar Business Alliance, Incorporated, The South Carolina State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Upstate Forever, Vote Solar, and Walmart, Inc., Respondents.

Heather Shirley Smith, Deputy General Counsel for Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC and Duke Energy Progress, of of Greenville, Frank R. Ellerbe, III and Robert E. Stepp, both of Robinson Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC, of Columbia, Sarah P. Spruill, of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A., of Greenville and Thomas S. Mullikin, of Mullikin Law Firm, of Camden, for Appellant-Respondent. Scott Elliott, of Elliott & Elliott, P.A., of Columbia, for Respondent-Appellant. Jeffrey M. Nelson, Jenny R. Pittman, C. Lessie Hammonds, Andrew M. Bateman, Alexander W. Knowles and Christopher M. Huber, all of South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff, of Columbia and Wallace K. Lightsey, of Wyche, P.A., of Greenville, for Respondent. William Grayson Lambert and Bradley S. Wright, both of Burr & Forman LLP, of Columbia, for Amicus Curiae South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

10:30 a.m.    
2020-000710   Jeanne Beverly, individually and on behalf of others similarly situated, Respondent, v. Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, LLC, Petitio
ner.

James Lynn Werner, William R. Thomas, Katon E. Dawson, Jr, Parker, Poe, Adams and Bernstein, LLP of Columbia for Petitioner.

11:30 a.m.    
2020-001283   In Re: Application of Blue Granite Water Company for Approval to Adjust Rate Schedules and Increase Rates, Appellant.

Frank R. Ellerbe, III, Samuel J. Wellborn of Robinson Gray Stepp and Laffitte, LLC of Columbia for Appellant. Andrew M. Bateman, Alexander W. Knowles, Christopher M. Huber, Steven W. Hamm, South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff and Carri Grube Lybarker, Roger P. Hall, Connor J. Parker, South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs, both of Columbia, for Respondents.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

10:30 a.m.    
2020-000677   Lukas Stasi and Brittney L. Stasi, Petitioners, v. Lukas Stasi and Brittney L. Stasi, Petitioners, Of whom Mallory Sweigart is the Respondent. In the interest of a minor under the age of eighteen.

Thomas F. McDow, Erin K. Urquhart, McDow & Urquhart and Barrett W. Martin of Barrett W. Martin, PA of Rock Hill for Petitioners.

11:30 a.m.    
2020-000445   PCS Nitrogen, Inc., Petitioner, v. Continental Casualty Company, Admiral Insurance Company, United States Fire Insurance Company, ACE Property & Casualty Insurance Company, Certain Underwriters at Lloyd's London, the Aviva Companies, the Winterthur Companies, Certain London Market Insurance Companies, Providence Washington Insurance Company (as Successor in Interest by way of Merger to Seaton Insurance Company, f/k/a Unigard Security Insurance, f/k/a Unigard Mutual Insurance Company), Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company (f/k/a Stonewall Insurance Company), Lexington Insurance Company, Starr Indemnity & Liability Company (f/k/a Republic Insurance Company), First State Insurance Company, Century Indemnity Company (f/k/a California Union Insurance Company and Insurance Company of North America), Defendants, of whom Continental Casualty Company, Admiral Insurance Company, United States Fire Insurance Company, Certain Underwriters at Lloyd's London, the Aviva Companies, the Winterthur Companies, Certain London Market Insurance Companies, Providence Washington Insurance Company (as Successor in Interest by way of Merger to Seaton Insurance Company, f/k/a Unigard Security Insurance, f/k/a Unigard Mutual Insurance Company), Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company (f/k/a Stonewall Insurance Company), Lexington Insurance Company, Starr Indemnity & Liability Company (f/k/a Republic Insurance Company) and First State Insurance Company, are Respondents.

Wm. Howell Morrison and Sarah Spurill of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd,PA of Greenville and Michael H. Ginsberg and Matthew R. Divelbiss as Pro Hac Vice for Jones Day of Pittsburgh, PA for Petitioner.


Thursday, June 17, 2021

10:30 a.m.    
2020-000457   Gunjit Rick Singh, Petitioner, v. Simran P. Singh, Respondent.

Shelia McNair Robinson, of Moore Taylor Law Firm, P.A., of West Columbia, Katherine Carruth Goode, of Winnsboro and Robert N. Rosen, of Rosen Law Firm, LLC, of Charleston, for Petitioner. O. Grady Query, Michael W. Sautter, Michael H. Ellis and Alexander W. Tesoriero, all of Query Sautter & Associates, LLC, of Charleston, for Respondent.
 11:30 a.m.    
2020-000660   Shelton Lathal Butler, Jr., Petitioner, v. State of South Carolina, Respondent.

Tommy A. Thomas and Jessica E. Kinard, both of Irmo, for petitioner. Attorney General Allan Wilson and Assistant Attorney General Chelsey F. Marto, both of Columbia, for respondent.