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Event Date and Time:  Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 9:30 AM

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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, October 18, 2017
Supreme Court Courtroom
09:30 a.m. (Time Limits: 10-10-5)

2017-000426    South Carolina Department of Social Services, Respondent, v. Mattie Walls, Carley Jason Walls, Dwayne Anderson and Barbara Anderson, Defendants, Of whom Carley Jason Walls is the Petitioner. In the interest of a minor under the age of eighteen.

Melinda Inman Butler, of Union, for Petitioner. Scarlet Bell Moore, of Greenville, for Respondent. 

Petitioner Carley J. Walls challenges the court of appeals' opinion affirming the termination of his parental rights.

10:00 a.m. (Time Limits: 10-10-5)
2017-000477    South Carolina Department of Social Services, Respondent, v. Mattie Walls, Carley Jason Walls, Dwayne Anderson, and Barbara Anderson, Defendants, Of whom Mattie Walls is the Petitioner. In the interest of a minor under the age of eighteen.

Julius H. Hines and Tara C. Sullivan, both of K&L Gates LLP, of Charleston and Edward S. McCallum, III, of Law Offices of Edwards S. McCullum, III, of Greenwood, for Petitioner. Scarlet Bell Moore, of Greenville, for Respondent. 

Petitioner Mattie Walls challenges the court of appeals' opinion affirming the termination of her parental rights.

10:30 a.m. (Time Limits: 15-15-5)
2015-002533    Jacklyn Donevant, Respondent, v. Town of Surfside Beach, Petitioner.

Charles Franklin Thompson, Jr., of Malone Thompson Summers & Ott, LLC, of Columbia, for Petitioner. Henrietta U. Golding and James Keith Gilliam, both of McNair Law Firm, PA, of Myrtle Beach, for Respondent. 

Jacklyn Donevant brought an action against the Town of Surfside Beach for wrongful termination. She claimed Surfside's town administrator fired her for refusing to violate the building code. The trial court denied Surfside's directed verdict motion, and the jury returned a verdict for Donevant. The court of appeals affirmed the trial court's decision in Donevant v. Town of Surfside Beach, 414 S.C. 396, 778 S.E.2d 320 (Ct. App. 2015). Surfside petitioned for a writ of certiorari, which the Court granted.

Thursday, October 19, 2017
Supreme Court Courtroom
09:30 a.m. (Time Limits: 15-15-5)

2017-000784    South Carolina Department of Social Services, Respondent, and Sherry Powers, Edward Anthony Dalsing and Tammy Gaye Causey Dalsing, Intervenors, of whom Edward Anthony Dalsing and Tammy Gaye Causey Dalsing, are Petitioners, v. Erica Smith and Andrew Jack Myers, Respondents. In the interest of a minor under the age of eighteen.

James F. Thompson, of James Fletcher Thompson, LLC, of Spartanburg and Larry Dale Dove, of Dove Law Group, LLC, of Rock Hill, both for Petitioners. Melinda Inman Butler, of Union, Nathan Sheldon, of Rock Hill and Debra A. Matthews, of Winnsboro, Shawn L. Reeves, of Columbia and David E. Simpson, of Rock Hill, for Respondents. Allison B. Bullard, of Harling & West LLC, of Lexington, for Amicus Curiae Law Professors and Lecturers. 

The Court granted certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision in South Carolina Department of Social Services v. Smith, 419 S.C. 301, 797 S.E.2d 740 (Ct. App. 2017).

10:00 a.m. (Time Limits: 10-10-5)
2016-000460    DomainsNewMedia.com, LLC, Respondent, v. Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, Appellant.

Robert E. Stepp, Tina Cundari and Bess J. DuRant, all of Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC, of Columbia, for Appellant. Andrew S. Radeker and Taylor M. Smith, IV, both of Harrison & Radeker, P.A., of Columbia, for Respondent. William W. Wilkins and Kirsten E. Small, both of Nexsen Pruet, LLC, of Greenville, for Amicus Curiae Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. 

In this direct appeal, the Court considers whether the circuit court erred in finding that the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce is subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

10:30 a.m. (Time Limits: 20-20-10)
2016-000320    Betty Fisher, as Real Representative for Alice Shaw-Baker, Petitioner, v. Bessie Huckabee, Kay Passailaigue Slade, Sandra Byrd, and Peter Kouten, and Does 1 through 100, Defendants, Of whom Bessie Huckabee, Kay Passailaigue Slade, Sandra Byrd, and Peter Kouten are the Respondents.

John Hughes Cooper and Lisa Fisher, both of John Hughes Cooper, P.C., of Mount Pleasant, for Petitioner. Peter A. Kouten, of Johns Island, and Warren W. Wills, III, of the Law Office of W. Westbrook Wills, III, of Folly Beach, for Respondents. 

The Court reviews the court of appeals' decision in Fisher ex rel. Shaw Baker v. Huckabee, 415 S.C. 171, 781 S.E.2d 156 (Ct. App. 2015).

 

Cases to be Submitted Without Oral Argument
Yancey Thompson, Petitioner, v. State of South Carolina, Respondent.
Appellate Defender Robert M. Pachak, of Columbia, for Petitioner. Attorney General Alan M. Wilson, Deputy Attorney General Donald J. Zelenka and Senior Assistant Deputy Attorney General Melody J. Brown, all of Columbia, for Respondent.
Gregg Taylor, Petitioner, v. State of South Carolina, Respondent.
Mark John Devine, of Charleston, for Petitioner. Attorney General Alan McCrory Wilson and Assistant Attorney General Justin James Hunter, both of Columbia, for Respondent.