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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.
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
 10:00 a.m. (Time Limits: 10-10-5)  
2019-001080   Annalee Walsh, Respondent, v. Boat-N-RV Megastore and Ridgeland Recreational Vehicles, Inc., Defendants, Of which Ridgeland Recreational Vehicles, Inc., d/b/a Boat-N-RV Megastore is the Petitioner.

M. Todd Carroll, of Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP, of Columbia, for Petitioner. Darrell Thomas Johnson, Jr. and Joshua R. Fester, both of Law Office of Darrell Thomas Johnson, Jr., of Hardeville, for Respondent.

In this matter, we consider whether the court of appeals erred in upholding a circuit court order denying Petitioner's motion to compel arbitration of Respondent's claims seeking the return of monies paid toward the purchase of a recreational vehicle. Petitioner argues the circuit court should have compelled arbitration because the contract Respondent signed to purchase the vehicle contained an arbitration clause. Respondent contends the contract was never effective due to the failure of a condition precedent contained in an Agreement Pending Financing/Regulation Z Disclosure form.

 11:20 a.m. (Time Limits: 10-10-5)  
2019-001134   City of Myrtle Beach, For Itself and a Class of Similarly Situated Plaintiffs, Respondent, v. Horry County, Appellant.

William Grayson Lambert, of Burr & Forman LLP, of Columbia, James K. Gilliam and Adam R. Artigliere, both of Burr & Forman LLP, of Greenville and Henrietta U. Golding, of Burr & Forman LLP, of Myrtle Beach, for Appellant. John M. S. Hoefer and Chad N. Johnston, both of Willoughby & Hoefer, P.A., of Columbia and R. Walker Humphrey, II, of Willoughby & Hoefer, P.A., of Charleston, for Respondents.

This case centers around Horry County's challenge to an injunction placed on its collection of a hospitality fee.

Thursday, August 20, 2020
 10:00 a.m. (Time Limits: 15-15-5)  
2019-000535   Madel C. Rivero, as Personal Representative for the Estate of Lilia Lorena Blandin, Respondent, v. Sheriff Steve Loftis, in his capacity as Sheriff of Greenville County, Petitioner.

Andrew F. Lindemann, of Lindemann, Davis & Hughes, P. A., of Columbia, Russell W. Harter, Jr. and Carly H. Davis, both of Chapman Harter & Harter, P.A., of Greenville, for Petitioner. Daniel J. Farnsworth, Jr., of Farnsworth Law Offices, of Greenville, J. Christopher Wilson, of Wilson Law Group, of Bamberg, Daniel W. Luginbill, of McGowan, Hood & Felder, of Mt. Pleasant and Kathleen C. Barnes, of Barnes Law Firm, LLC, of Hampton, for Respondent.

The Court granted Sheriff Steve Loftis's petition for a writ of certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision affirming the trial court's denial of Loftis's motion for a new trial and for a judgment notwithstanding the verdict (JNOV). This action arises out of the murder of Lilia Blandin by her husband, Avery Blandin, in Greenville, South Carolina, and was brought by Madel Rivero, as the Personal Representative for Lilia's Estate, pursuant to the South Carolina Tort Claims Act for an alleged failure to arrest. Rivero's complaint alleged Sheriff Loftis failed to follow department protocols and was grossly negligent in failing to place Avery Blandin under arrest following a 911 call and police dispatch to the couple's residence. We will consider whether the court of appeals (1) reversed an allegedly unappealed ruling that the voir dire question was unambiguous, (2) erred in determining an evidentiary hearing concerning juror concealment was not required, and (3) erred in finding there was more than one reasonable inference to be drawn by the jury as to causation in fact.

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2018-002255   James Mikell "Mike" Burns, Garry R. Smith and Dwight A. Loftis, Appellants, v. Greenville County Council and Greenville County, Respondents.

Robert C. Childs, III of Childs Law Firm, LLC of Greenville and J. Falkner Wilkes, of Greenville, for Appellants. Sarah P. Spruill and Boyd B. Nicholson, Jr., both of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A., of Greenville, for Respondents.

In this direct appeal, the Court will review whether the Greenville County Master-in-Equity erred in affirming the validity of two Greenville County ordinances, a road maintenance fee and a telecommunications fee. Appellants contend the ordinances did not receive the required number of votes to pass and the ordinances violate the Equal Protection Clause. Finally, we will review whether the Master-in-Equity erred in denying the Appellants' request for attorneys' fees.