The South Carolina Court of Appeals is considering making the City of Charleston a defendant in the Sofa Super Store lawsuit following the fire three years ago that killed nine firefighters in the line of duty. Now, a lower court order that barred the city from being a defendant in the case has been denied by the South Carolina Court of Appeals because the court wants to hear more arguments.
The Post and Courier reports that attorneys for the Sofa Super Store argue the city was negligent about firefighter safety in the blaze. However, eight of the nine families have sued the store, and various furniture and equipment manufacturers. These families opposed making Charleston the defendant in the cases. They have settled with 20 of the 30 defendants over time for nearly $7 million. There is no settlement with the store.