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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 14, 2020
Supreme Court Courtroom
 10:00 a.m. (Time Limits: 15-15-5)  
2019-001191   Arthur Eleazer, Respondent, v. Leslie Hughey, Petitioner.

Brett L. Stevens, Stevens Law, LLC and Bryan Caskey, of Caskey & Imgrund, LLC of Columbia, for Petitioner. Kenneth M. Mathews, of Columbia and Katherine Carruth Goode, of Winnsboro, for Respondent.

In this custody dispute, the mother challenges: (1) whether the father met his burden of proving a substantial change in circumstances occurred and (2) whether a change in custody was in the best interests of the children. The Court granted a writ of certiorari to review the court of appeals decision. Eleazer v. Hughey, Op. No. 2019-UP-178 (S.C. Ct. App. filed May 22, 2019).

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2017-002576   Mohsen A. Baddourah, as member of the City Council of the City of Columbia, Appellant, v. Henry McMaster, in his capacity as Governor for the State of South Carolina, Respondent.

Tobias G. Ward, Jr., J. Derrick Jackson, Joseph M. McCulloch, Jr. and Kathy R. Schillaci, all of Columbia, for Appellant. Thomas A. Limehouse, Jr., of Office of the Governor, of Columbia, for Respondent.

This Court certified Appellant's appeal of an order dismissing his complaint, in which he sought a declaration that he was excepted from the Governor's suspension power under Article VI, section 8, of the South Carolina Constitution because (1) as an elected member of the Columbia City Council, he was part of the legislative branch of government, and (2) his alleged offense was not one involving a crime of moral turpitude. Appellant argues the circuit court erred in finding it lacked jurisdiction to review Respondent's Executive Order suspending him from office because it is a discretionary act and review would violate the separation of powers, in finding Appellant was not a member of the legislative branch, and in failing to address Appellant's assertion that domestic violence in the second degree is not a crime of moral turpitude.

 12:00 p.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., 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).

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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, 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).

Thursday, October 15, 2020
Supreme Court Courtroom
 10:00 a.m. (Time Limits: 15-15-5)  
2019-001056   Mark C. Mosley, Respondent, v. Christine Alston, Personal Representative of the Estate of Robert Alston, DaVita, Inc. d/b/a DaVita Walterboro Dialysis #3073, DVA Healthcare Renal Care, Inc., DVA Renal Healthcare, Inc. DaVita Healthcare Partners, Inc., and Howard Elj, Of which, DaVita, Inc., DVA Healthcare Renal Care, Inc. DVA Renal Healthcare, Inc., DaVita Healthcare Partners, Inc., and Howard Elj are, Petitioners.

Martin S. Driggers, Jr., Richard E. McLawhorn, Jr., and Brandon R. Gottschall, all of Sweeny, Wingate & Barrow, P.A., of Hartsville. James F. Flanagan, of Columbia, all of petitioners. John E. Parker, William F. Barnes, III and John E. Parker, Jr., all of Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth & Detrick, P.A., all of Hampton for Respondent. A. Johnston Cox, of Gallivan, White & Boyd, of Columbia, for amicus curiae South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys' Association. C. Mitchell Brown, A. Mattison Bogan and Nicholas A. Charles, all of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, of Columbia, for amici curiae Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America and South Carolina Chamber of Commerce. Wm. Grayson Lambert, of Burr & Forman LLP, of Columbia, for amici curiae Chambers of Commerce.

The Court granted a common law writ of certiorari to review a discovery order, directing the parties to brief (1) whether the matter involved exceptional circumstances warranting the issuance of a common law writ of certiorari; (2) whether a party must be held in contempt for failure to comply with a discovery order before an appeal may be taken to review the order; and (3) if a contempt order is not required before a discovery order may be reviewed on appeal, what limitations should be placed on the ability to immediately appeal a discovery order.

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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. General Counsel Joshua C. Rhodes and Senior Staff Attorney John K. DeLoach, both of Columbia, for Amicus Curiae South Carolina Association of Counties.

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. ยง 4-10-330 (Supp. 2019).

 

Cases to be Submitted Without Oral Argument

Ex Parte: Hartford Fire Insurance Company, Hartford Casualty Insurance Company, American Empire Surplus Lines Insurance Company, BITCO General Insurance Corporation, Clarendon National Insurance Company, Harleysville Insurance Company n/k/a Nationwide Insurance Company, Selective Insurance Company, Crum & Forster Specialty Insurance Company, and First Mercury Insurance Company, Appellants, In Re: The Havens Condominium Association, Plaintiff, v. Centex Homes, et. al., Defendants. The River Crossing Condominium Association, and Vincent J. Tamburro, on Behalf of Himself and Others Similarly Situated, Plaintiffs, v. Centex Homes, et. al., Defendants. The Tanglewood Condominium Association, Plaintiff, v. Centex Homes, A Nevada General Partnership, et. al., Defendants. The Woodlands Condominium Association, Plaintiff, v. Centex Homes, a Nevada General Partnership, et. al., Defendants. Of Which, The Havens Condominium Association, The River Crossing Condominium Association, Vincent J. Tamburro, The Tanglewood Condominium Association, The Woodlands Condominium Association, and Centex Homes, A Nevada General Partnership, are the Respondents.

Mark S. Barrow and Christy E. Mahon, both of Sweeney, Wingate & Barrow, P.A., of Columbia and Steven M. Klepper, of Kramon & Graham, P. A., of Baltimore, Maryland, Robert C. Calamari, Matthew A. Abee and Patrick F. O'Dea, all of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP, of Columbia, Clayton B. McCullouth and Ross A. Appel, both of McCullough Khan, LLC, of Charleston, Lawrence M. Hunter, Jr. of Hunter & Foster, P. A., of Greenville, Neil S. Haldrup and Thomas B. Boger, both of Wall Templeton & Haldrup, P. A., of Charleston and John S. Wilkerson III, of Turner Padget Graham & Laney, P. A., of Charleston and R. Hawthorne Barrett, of Turner Padget Graham & Laney, P. A., of Columbia, for Appellants. Amanda K. Anderson and Laura F. Locklair, both of Boyle, Leonard & Anderson, P. A., of Charleston, Phillip W. Segui, Jr. and Abigail Y. Bechtol, both of Segui Law Firm, PC, of Mt. Pleasant, John T. Chakeris, of The Chakeris Law Firm, of Daniel Island and Shaun W. Cranford, of Cranford Law, of Columbia, for Respondents.

Shireen Nicole Simmons, Appellant, v. The State of South Carolina, Respondent.

Jason Scott Luck, of Bennettsville, for Appellant. Attorney General Alan Wilson and Senior Assistant Attorney General David Spencer, both of Columbia, for Respondent.