The Supreme Court of South Carolina

The State of South Carolina, Prosecutor,

v.

Charles Gamble, Defendant,

Richland County
2006-GS-40-10427, 10428, 10429, 10430, 10431

The State of South Carolina, Prosecutor,

v.

Julian Whatley, Defendant,

Richland County
2007-GS-40-4848, 4849, 4851, 5136, 5139, 5140, 5141

The State of South Carolina, Prosecutor,

v.

Joseph Ard, Defendant,

Lexington County
1993-GS-32-2353

The State of South Carolina, Prosecutor,

v.

Carmen Major Jenkins, Defendant,

Greenville County
2008-GS-23-8407, 8408

 

The State of South Carolina, Prosecutor,

v.

Clarence William Jenkins, Defendant,

Greenville County
2008-GS-23-8409

State of South Carolina, Prosecutor,

v.

Nicholas Freeman, Antonio Bernard Melton, James E. Murphy, II, Rodriguez Lewis, Johnell
Alquinn Richardson, and Archie Lee Wilder, Defendants,

State Grand Jury Investigation No. 191
Florence County
2009-GS47-07

Joyce Duncanson, on behalf of herself and others similarly situtated, Plaintiffs,

v.

Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Inc., Defendant,

Aiken County
2004-CP-02-1275

Susan Stanfield, on behalf of herself and all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs,

v.

Anderson Area Medical Center, Defendant,

Anderson County
2004-CP-04-3017

Jerry C. Grubb and Cathy Lynn Dockins on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs,

v.

Tenet South Carolina, Inc. d/b/a Hilton Head Regional Medical Center, East Cooper Regional
Medical Center and Piedmont Medical Center, Defendants,

Beaufort County
2004-CP-07-1660

Andrew N. Page, III and Marsha Monteith, on behalf of themselves and others similarly situated, Plaintiffs,

v.

CareAlliance Health Services Corporation d/b/a Roper St. Francis Healthcare et al, Defendants,

Charleston County
2004-CP-10-3836

Robert A. Singletary, Sr. and all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs,

v.

Tenet Healthsystem Medical, Inc. d/b/a East Cooper Community Hospital, LLC. a/k/a East Cooper Regional Medical Center, Tenet Healthsystem Hilton Head, Inc., a/k/a Hilton Head Medical Center, And Piedmont Medical Center, Defendants,

Charleston County
2004-CP-10-4212

Ellen P. Cusamano and all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs,

v.

Trident Medical Center, LLC d/b/a Trident Medical Center, Burton Avenue Medical Associates, LLC a/k/a Summerville Medical Center, LLC, Colleton Medical Center, Daniel Island Medical Center, Moncks Corner Medical Center, St. George Diagnostic Center and Archdale Medical Center, Defendants,

Charleston County
2004-CP-10-4214

David Blair and all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs,

v.

Medical University of South Carolina, Defendant,

Charleston County
2004-CP-10-4215

David Blair and all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs,

v.

CareAlliance Health Services, Inc. d/b/a Roper Hospital, Inc. and Bon Secours St. Francis
Xavier Hospital, Inc., Defendants,

Charleston County
2004-CP-10-4217

Deborah Wilson and all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs,

v.

CareAlliance Health Services, Inc. d/b/a Roper Hospital, Inc. and Ben Secours St. Francis Xavier Hospital, Inc., Defendants,

Charleston County
2004-CP-10-4218

Olga S. Estrada, Plaintiff,

v.

Gaffney H.M.A., Inc. d/b/a Upstate Carolina Medical Center, Defendant,

Cherokee County
2004-CP-11-0745

Charles D. Bell, on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs,

v.

Georgetown Hospital System d/b/a Georgetown Memorial Hospital and Waccamaw Community Hospital, Defendants,

Georgetown County
2005-CP-22-0112

Greenville Hospital System, Plaintiff,

v.

Van Jadone Bagwell and Jennifer Bagwell, Defendants,

Greenville County
2004-CP-23-5365

William S. Robertson, as Personal Representative for the Estate of Mildred Driggers Robertson, Deceased, and all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs,

v.

Greenville Hospital System, Defendant,

Greenville County
2004-CP-23-7309

Willie H. Freeman, et al, Plaintiffs,

v.

Self Regional Healthcare, Defendant,

Greenwood County
2004-CP-24-1426

Andrew N. Page, III, on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs,

v.

HCA, Inc. d/b/a Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, Colleton Medical Center, Colleton
Surgical Center, Grand Dunes Surgical Center, Summerville Medical Center and Trident Medical Center, Defendants,

Horry County
2004-CP-26-5033

Austin Martin, on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs,

v.

Conway Medical Center, Defendant,

Horry County
2004-CP-26-5308

Lynn Bisbee, on behalf or herself and all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs,

v.

Kershaw County Medical Center, Defendant,

Kershaw County
2004-CP-28-0630

Mona E. Reese, Debby Werth, and Seneca B. Henry, on behalf of themselves and all others
similarly situated, Plaintiff,

v.

Lexington Medical Association, Inc. d/b/a Lexington Medical Center Batesburg-Leesville,
et al, Defendants,

Lexington County
2004-CP-32-3175

Christopher Michael Augustine and all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs,

v.

Lexington Health Services District, Inc., d/b/a Lexington Medical Center, Defendant,

Lexington County
2004-CP-32-3201

Matthew F. Job and all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs,

v.

Lexington Health Services District, Inc. d/b/a Lexington Medical Center, Defendant,

Lexington County
2004-CP-32-3397

Charles D. Bell, on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs,

v.

Oconee Memorial Hospital, Inc. d/b/a Oconee Memorial Hospital, Defendants,

Oconee County
2005-CP-37-0107

Willie R. Morgan and James M. Davis, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly
situated, Plaintiffs,

v.

The Regional Medical Center of Orangeburg, Defendants,

Orangeburg County
2004-CP-38-1204

Jarrod Garrett, et al, Plaintiffs,

v.

Palmetto Health Alliance d/b/a Palmetto Health Richland, Palmetto Health Baptist, and Palmetto Health Easley, Defendants,

Richland County
2004-CP-40-4116

Alexis Sams, Plaintiff,

v.

Palmetto Health Alliance d/b/a Palmetto Richland & Palmetto Baptist, Defendants,

Richland County
2004-CP-40-4168

Frances Bonetto, Plaintiff,

v.

Palmetto Health Alliance d/b/a Palmetto Richland & Palmetto Baptist, Defendant,

Richland County
2004-CP-40-4362

Charles J. Glenn, Jr., on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs,

v.

Sisters of Charity Providence Hospitals, d/b/a Providence Hospital, Defendant,

Richland County
2004-CP-40-5324

Kathy Green and all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs,

v.

Sisters of Charity Providence Hospitals, Defendant,

Richland County
2004-CP-40-5576

Alexis Sams, Plaintiff,

v.

Palmetto Health Alliance, Defendant,

Spartanburg County
2004-CP-42-0970

Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, Plaintiff,

v.

Melissa Doiron, Defendant,

Spartanburg County
2004-CP-42-2681

Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, Plaintiff,

v.

Virgil Hamrick, III. Defendant,

Spartanburg County
2004-CP-42-2682

Andrew N. Page, III, on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs,

v.

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System d/b/a Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care, B.J. Workman Memorial Hospital, & Gibbs Regional Cancer Center, Defendants,

Spartanburg County
2004-CP-42-3104

Tammy Rogers, as Personal Representative for the Estate of Elwillie Hill Smith, and all others
similarly situated, Plaintiffs,

v.

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, Defendants,

Spartanburg County
2004-CP-42-3189

Brenda Waddell Watt and all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs,

v.

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, Defendants,

Spartanburg County
2004-CP-42-3356

Bashirah DuBose, Linda Ann Hughes, Eddie L. Arrants, Jr., and Doris Bean, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs,

v.

Tuomey, Inc. d/b/a Tuomey Healthcare System, Defendant,

Sumter County
2004-CP-43-1113


ORDER


I find that the election of an additional Circuit Judge from the Twelfth Judicial allows me to assign the Honorable Ralph King Anderson, Jr., retired Judge of the Court Appeals serving as a Circuit Judge, to complex civil and criminal cases such as those above which require beginning to end management by an experienced trial judge. Now, therefore,

IT IS ORDERED that the Honorable Ralph King Anderson, Jr. be vested with exclusive jurisdiction to hear and dispose of the case of The State of South Carolina v. Charles Gamble. Judge Anderson shall decide all matters pertaining to this case, including motions to appoint or relieve counsel, and pursuant to this assignment shall exercise all powers and duties of a presiding circuit judge of the Fifth Judicial Circuit. Judge Anderson shall retain jurisdiction over this case regardless of where he may be assigned to hold court and may schedule such hearings as may be necessary at any time without regard to whether there is a term of court scheduled. The Order dated July 17, 2009 assigning this case to the Honorable G. Thomas Cooper is hereby rescinded.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Honorable Ralph King Anderson, Jr. be vested with exclusive jurisdiction to hear and dispose of the case of The State of South Carolina v. Julian Whatley. Judge Anderson shall decide all matters pertaining to this case, including motions to appoint or relieve counsel, and pursuant to this assignment shall exercise all powers and duties of a presiding circuit judge of the Fifth Judicial Circuit. Judge Anderson shall retain jurisdiction over this case regardless of where he may be assigned to hold court and may schedule such hearings as may be necessary at any time without regard to whether there is a term of court scheduled. The Order dated March 27, 2009 assigning this case to the Honorable J. Michelle Childs is hereby rescinded.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Honorable Ralph King Anderson, Jr. be vested with exclusive jurisdiction to hear and dispose of the case of The State of South Carolina v. Joseph Ard. Judge Anderson shall decide all matters pertaining to this case, including motions to appoint or relieve counsel, and pursuant to this assignment shall exercise all powers and duties of a presiding circuit judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit. Judge Anderson shall retain jurisdiction over this case regardless of where he may be assigned to hold court and may schedule such hearings as may be necessary at any time without regard to whether there is a term of court scheduled. The Order dated October 5, 2007 assigning this case to the Honorable John C. Hayes, III is hereby rescinded.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Honorable Ralph King Anderson, Jr. be vested with exclusive jurisdiction to hear and dispose of the cases of The State of South Carolina v. Carmen Major Jenkins and The State of South Carolina v. Clarence William Jenkins. Judge Anderson shall decide all matters pertaining to these cases, including motions to appoint or relieve counsel, and pursuant to this assignment shall exercise all powers and duties of a presiding circuit judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit. Judge Anderson shall retain jurisdiction over these cases regardless of where he may be assigned to hold court and may schedule such hearings as may be necessary at any time without regard to whether there is a term of court scheduled. The Order dated February 9, 2010 assigning these cases to the Honorable Edward W. Miller is hereby rescinded.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Honorable Ralph King Anderson, Jr. be vested with concurrent jurisdiction in all circuits of the state to dispose of all common pleas and general sessions matters, including trials by jury arising from the State of South Carolina v. Nicholas Freeman, Antonio Bernard Melton, James E. Murphy, II, Rodriguez Lewis, Johnell Alquinn Richardson, and Archie Lee Wilder. This case is State Grand Jury Investigation No. 191. The matter of the setting of bail and any motions to adjust the amount or conditions of bail for any defendant in this case shall be heard by the presiding judge of the state grand jury but matters relating to a violation of the terms or conditions of bail may be heard by Judge Anderson or the presiding judge of the state grand jury. However, once a defendant’s trial begins, Judge Anderson shall have exclusive jurisdiction to decide all bail issues. Judge Anderson shall retain jurisdiction over this case regardless of where he may be assigned to hold court and may schedule such hearings as may be necessary at any time without regard to whether there is a term of court scheduled.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Honorable Ralph King Anderson, Jr. be vested with exclusive jurisdiction to hear and dispose of all pretrial motions and other pretrial matters in the above hospital pricing cases and any future hospital pricing cases that may be filed in or remanded to the state court system. Judge Anderson shall have jurisdiction in all circuits in the state to dispose of all pretrial matters arising out of this litigation.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that copies of all pleadings and motions in the hospital pricing litigation presently pending, or which may be filed in the future shall be mailed by the clerk of court receiving the pleading or motion to Judge Anderson within five (5) days of filing.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Judge Anderson shall have jurisdiction to sign and issue a case management order directing the consolidation, if appropriate, of certain pretrial matters within the hospital pricing litigation.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that this is not a consolidation for trial purposes. At the conclusion of all pretrial matters, any party may move to have a trial ready case placed on the trial roster of the court of appropriate venue for trial. Judge Anderson shall preside over the trials of the hospital pricing cases.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Judge Anderson shall retain jurisdiction over the hospital pricing cases regardless of where he may be assigned to hold court and may schedule such hearings as may be necessary at any time without regard to whether there is a term of court scheduled

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Judge Anderson remains available for additional assignments by the Chief Justice or by the chief judges for administrative purposes for the various circuits as his assignments permit.

  s/Jean Hoefer Toal
Jean Hoefer Toal
Chief Justice

February 10, 2010
Columbia, South Carolina