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Supreme Court to Hold Arguments in Greenville

Supreme Court to Hold Arguments in Greenville

On Thursday, November 7, 2002, The Supreme Court of South Carolina will hold arguments at the Greenville County Courthouse.  The cases to be argued are:

9:00 a.m. Barbara M. Robinson and Timothy M. Robinson, of whom Barbara M. Robinson is the Petitioner v. Venture Capital, Inc., KML Holdings, Inc. and The City of Greenville, Respondents

This case involves the flow of water from a parking lot owned by Venture Capital, Inc., and KML Holdings, Inc. (collectively Venture) onto Barbara Robinson’s (Robinson’s) property.  The circuit court granted the City of Greenville (City) summary judgment, finding that the City was immune from liability under the Tort Claims Act because it was not grossly negligent in issuing the permit to construct the parking lot.  The circuit court also granted City summary judgment on Robinson’s claim for inverse condemnation.  After a trial on the merits, the circuit court issued a mandatory injunction ordering Venture to construct obstructions in the curb of the parking lot, restore Robinsion’s property to an uneroded condition, and provide for soil stability.  The Robinson’s appealed and the Court of Appeals affirmed the circuit court.  The Supreme Court has granted a writ of certiorari to review this matter.

10:00 a.m. John Doe and Jane Doe, Petitioners v. The Ward Law Firm, P.A., Respondent. IN RE: S. Doe (10-28-83)

S. Doe is the adopted son of petitioners.  Petitioners brought this action seeking access to the records of the Ward Law firm and the Spartanburg County Clerk of Court relating to the adoption.  They also asked that a third party be appointed to obtain a complete social and medical history from the birth parents.  The family court denied the requests of the petitioners, and the Court of Appeals affirmed.  The Supreme Court has granted a writ of certiorari to review the decision of the Court of Appeals.

11:00 a.m. Woodrow F. Clark and Nadine M. Clark, Respondents v. Greenville County, Petitioner.

Respondents brought this action alleging that a landfill operated by Greenville County had contaminated their real property.  The circuit court issued an order finding that the action was barred by the statute of limitations.  The Court of Appeals reversed the circuit court, and the Supreme Court has granted a petition for writ of certiorari to review the decision of the Court of Appeals.