Jacobs v. Harman, 22121

Citation282 S.C. 17,316 S.E.2d 146
Decision Date30 May 1984
Docket NumberNo. 22121,22121
CourtUnited States State Supreme Court of South Carolina
PartiesRichard E. JACOBS, David H. Jacobs, Dominic A. Visconsi, R.F. Coffin, Edward H. Crane, and Anthony W. Weigand, co-partners doing business under the firm name and style of JVJ Columbia Joint Venture, Appellants, v. William K. HARMAN and Janice P. Harman, Respondents.

William C. Stork of Barnes, Stork, Herlong, Wolff & Reyner, Columbia, for appellants.

W. Ralph Garris, Columbia, for respondents.


The appellant partnership initiated this action for specific performance of an option to purchase real estate. The trial judge denied the appellant's Motion to Strike portions of the respondent's Answer and overruled the appellant's objections to the respondent's Requests for Admissions.

The parties assert that this Court has jurisdiction over the appeal from the denial of the Motion to Strike because it is in the nature of a demurrer. Thomas v. Colonial Stores, Inc., 236 S.C. 95, 113 S.E.2d 337 (1960). The Thomas rule does not apply to this equitable action for specific performance. The trial judge can best determine what is relevant in equity cases after introduction of the evidence. Smith v. Heyward, 110 S.C. 148, 96 S.E. 289 (1918); Pelfrey v. Bank of Greer, 270 S.C. 691, 244 S.E.2d 315 (1978).

The order overruling the objections to the Requests for Admissions is also not appealable before final judgment. See Pendergrass v. Martin, 275 S.C. 413, 272 S.E.2d 172 (1980).

We, accordingly, dismiss the appeal without prejudice to raise the issues at trial.


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