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26373 - SCDOT v. McDonald’s Corporation

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
In The Supreme Court

South Carolina Department of Transportation, Respondent,

v.

McDonald's Corporation and Joel A. Pellicci and Linda Pellicci, Defendants,

of whom McDonald's Corporation is Petitioner.


ON WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO THE COURT OF APPEALS


Appeal From Horry County
 Edward B. Cottingham, Circuit Court Judge


Opinion No. 26373
Submitted August 22, 2007 - Filed August 27, 2007  


VACATED AND DISMISSED


Michael H. Quinn, Quinn Law Firm, LLC, of Columbia, for Petitioner.

Barbara Munig Wessinger, S.C. Department of Transportation Legal Division, of Columbia; and Larry B. Hyman, Jr., of Conway, for Respondent.


PER CURIAM:  In this condemnation action, both petitioner and respondent filed motions in limine to exclude certain evidence from the proceedings.  The trial judge granted respondent's motion and denied petitioner's motion.  Petitioner appealed, and the Court of Appeals affirmed.  S.C. Dep't of Transp. v. McDonald's Corp., Op. No. 2006-UP-237 (S.C. Ct. App. filed May 9, 2006).  Petitioner seeks a writ of certiorari from the decision of the Court of Appeals.  We grant the petition, dispense with further briefing, vacate the opinion of the Court of Appeals, and dismiss the appeal.

A motion in limine is generally not considered a final order on the admissibility of evidence and, for that reason, is not immediately appealable.  See, e.g. State v. Floyd, 295 S.C. 518, 369 S.E.2d 842 (1988).  Because the appeal should have been dismissed, the Court of Appeals erred in addressing the merits of the appeal.  Accordingly, we vacate the opinion of the Court of Appeals and dismiss the appeal as the order on the motions in limine is not immediately appealable.

VACATED AND DISMISSED.

TOAL, C.J., MOORE, WALLER, BURNETT and PLEICONES, JJ., concur.