The Supreme Court of South Carolina
RE: V.C. Summer Nuclear Project Litigation
By Order dated October 31, 2017, the Honorable John C. Hayes, III was assigned to oversee all outstanding and future litigation regarding customer-related claims requesting reimbursements or refunds of monies paid in the form of increased utility rates since the abandonment of the V.C. Summer Nuclear Project. I find that these duties should be reassigned. Now, therefore, pursuant to the provisions of Article V, Section 4 of the South Carolina Constitution,
IT IS ORDERED that the Honorable Jean Hoefer Toal, retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, be vested with exclusive jurisdiction to hear and dispose of all pretrial motions and other pretrial matters in any case that may arise statewide pertaining to customer-related claims requesting reimbursement or refunds as a result of the abandonment of the V.C. Summer Nuclear Project. At the conclusion of all pretrial matters in a case, Justice Toal may preside over the trial of that case or assign the trial to another circuit judge.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that copies of all pleadings and motions in the litigation presently pending or which may be filed shall be forwarded by the clerk of court receiving the pleading or motion to Justice Toal with five (5) days of filing. However, any motions for continuance shall be forwarded immediately.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Justice Toal may require mediation in any case at any time in the proceeding as she deems appropriate.
This order is effective immediately and shall remain in effect unless modified or rescinded by the Chief Justice.
s/Donald W. Beatty
Donald W. Beatty
Chief Justice of South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina
September 11, 2019