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Supreme Court - Roster of Cases for Hearing

   
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.
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Supreme Court Courtroom
 10:30 a.m. (Time Limits: 10-10-5)  
2020-000370   J. Daniel Mahoney, Respondent, v. The Muhler Company, Inc. and Henry Hay III, in his individual capacity, Petitioners.

Andrew K. Epting, Jr. and Jaan G. Rannik, both of Epting & Rannik, LLC, of Charleston, for Petitioners. Clayton B. McCullough, of McCullough Khan, LLC, of Charleston, for Respondent.

The Court granted a writ of certiorari to consider whether an order compelling arbitration was immediately appealable when the order simultaneously severed a portion of the arbitration agreement concerning the selection of arbitrators.

 11:30 a.m. (Time Limits: 10-10-5)  
2020-000567   The State, Respondent, v. Shane Alexander Washington, Petitioner.

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

The Court granted a writ of certiorari to determine whether the court of appeals erred in affirming the trial court's admission of subsequent acts of unindicted sexual misconduct.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Supreme Court Courtroom
 10:30 a.m. (Time Limits: 15-15-5)  
2020-000431   Alicia M. Rudick, Petitioner, v. Brian R. Rudick, Respondent.

Gregory S. Forman, of Charleston, for Petitioner. Marian D. Nettles, of Nettles Turbeville & Reddeck, of Lake City and Kevin M. Barth, of Barth, Ballenger & Lewis, LLP, of Florence, for Respondent.

The Court granted a writ of certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision in Rudick v. Rudick, Op. No. 2016-002169 (S.C. Ct. App. filed Dec. 18, 2019). The Court will determine whether the family court's award of alimony was proper.

 11:30 a.m. (Time Limits: 15-15-5)  
2020-001195   Curt O. Hall, Plaintiff, v. UBS Financial Services Inc. and Mary Lucy Reid, Defendants.

Townes B. Johnson, III, of Townes B. Johnson, III, LLC, of Greenville, for Plaintiff. Ashley P. Cuttino, of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., of Greenville, for Defendants.

The United States District Court for the District of South Carolina asks this Court to determine: (1) whether terminable-at-will employment relationships are contractual in nature as a matter of law; (2) whether the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing arises in the context of terminable-at-will employment relationships, and whether an employer's termination of an at-will employee may give rise to a claim by the former employee against the employer for breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing; and (3) whether an employer's termination of an at-will employee, which results from a third-party employee's report to the employer, may give rise to a claim by the former employee against the third-party employee for tortious interference with a contractual relationship.