'Sloan suits start with sunshine law'

March 17, 2010

By Joanne Brooks, Staff Writer, The Greenville News
Now 80 years old, retired road builder Edward “Ned” Sloan has sued various governmental entities on more occasions than either he or his lawyer can remember.

Sloan’s guess: more than 40 times. His attorney James Carpenter thinks the number is around 50 or 60.

His courtroom opponents have included Greenville County Schools, the state Department of Transportation, the governor of South Carolina, the Greenville Hospital System, the City of Greenville, Greenville County and Friends of the Hunley, among others.

Additionally, the South Carolina Public Interest Foundation, which Sloan set up about five years ago, has filed lawsuits in Spartanburg, Colleton County, Greenwood County, Pickens County, several in Richland County against state government entities, and “maybe a few other places,” his attorney says.