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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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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

10:00 a.m.    
2020-000334   Faye P. Croft, Personally and as Trustee of the James A. Croft Trust; James A. Croft Trust; William A. Harbeson; Heyward G. Hutson; James Stephen Greene, Jr.; South Carolina Public Interest Foundation; Summerville Preservation Society; and Dorchester County Taxpayers Association, individually, and on behalf of all others similarly situated, Petitioners, v. Town of Summerville and Town of Summerville Board of Architectural Review, Respondents.

W. Andrew Gowder, Jr., Austen and Gowder, LLC of Charleston and Michael T. Rose, Michael Rose Law Firm, PC of Summerville for Petitioners. Timothy A. Domin, Clawson and Staubes LLC of Charleston and G. W. Parker, Town Attorney, of Summerville for Respondents.

11:20 a.m.    
2020-000329   John Willie Mack, Sr., Petitioner, v. State of South Carolina, Respondent.

Appellate Defender Jessica M. Saxon, of Columbia, for Petitioner. Attorney General Alan Wilson and Assistant Attorney General Chelsea F. Marto, both of Columbia, for Respondent.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021


10:00 a.m.    
2020-000266   In Re: Application of Carolina Water Service, Inc., (n/k/a Blue Granite Water Company) for Approval of an Increase in its Rates for Water and Sewer Services, Appellant.

Frank R. Ellerbe, III and Samuel J. Welborn, both of Robinson Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC, of Columbia, for Appellant. Jeffrey M. Nelson, Andrew M. Bateman, Steven W. Hamm and Christopher M. Huber, all of South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff, of Columbia, Laura P. Valtorta, of Valtorta Law Office, of Columbia and L. Becky Dover and Carrie Grube-Lybarker, both of South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs, for Respondents. James S. Knowlton, of Fort Mill, Pro se Intervenor. Catherine M. Wannamaker, of Southern Environmental Law Center, of Charleston, for Amicus Curiae Congaree Riverkeeper, Inc.

11:20 a.m.    (Time Limits: 20-20-10)  
2019-000074   South Carolina Coastal Conservation League, Appellant, v. South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, KDP, II, LLC, and KRA Development, LP, Respondents.

Amy Elizabeth Armstrong, of South Carolina Environmental Law Project, of Pawleys Island, for Appellant. Bradley D. Churdar, of South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, of Charleston, G. Trenholm Walker and Thomas P. Gressette, Jr., both of Walker Gressette Freeman & Linton, LLC, of Charleston, for Respondents.

In this appeal from the Administrative Law Court, we consider South Carolina Coastal Conservation League's challenge to South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control's approval of permits for KDP II, LLC and KRA Development, LP's construction of infrastructure along the banks of the Kiawah River at Captain Sam's Spit.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021


10:00 a.m.    
2020-001285   Miriam Butler and Evelyn Stewart, in her capacity as personal representative of Joseph Stewart and individually and on behalf of others similarly situated, Plaintiffs, v. The Travelers Home and Marine Insurance Company, and The Standard Fire Insurance Company, Defendants.

David E. Massey and Summer C. Tompkins, of Law Offices of David E. Massey Trial Lawyers, of Columbia; J. Brandon McWherter, of McWherter Scott Bobbitt PLC, of Franklin, TN; Erik D. Peterson, of Mehf, Fairbanks & Peterson Trial Lawyers, PLLC, of Lexington, KY; and T. Joseph Snodgrass, of Larson King, LLP, of St. Paul, MN for plaintiffs. William P. Davis, of Baker, Ravenel & Bender, LLP, of Columbia and Stephen E. Goldman and Wystan M. Ackerman, both of Robinson & Cole LLP, of Hartford, CT for Defendants.

11:20 a.m.    
2020-000024   The State, Petitioner, v. Ontario Stefon Patrick Makins, Respondent.

Attorney General Alan McCrory Wilson, Senior Assistant Attorney General David A. Spencer, both of Columbia and Solicitor William Walter Wilkins III, of Greenville, for Petitioner. Appellate Defender Taylor Davis Gilliam, of Columbia, for Respondent.