FARMERS INSURANCE EXCHANGE v. MARK A. SHEMPERT, ET AL.

The trial court denied Defendant’s motion to dismiss on the basis of the doctrine of prior suit pending and entered summary judgment in favor of Plaintiff under-insured/uninsured motorist insurance carrier. We hold that the action was barred under the doctrine of prior suit pending where the subject matter of the current lawsuit, namely, insurance coverage, was asserted by Plaintiff insurance carrier as a defense in an action previously filed by Defendant insured and pending in the circuit court. Summary judgment in favor of Plaintiff insurance carrier is reversed. This action is remanded to the trial court for dismissal in accordance with this Opinion.

Attorney 1: 

Robert A. Cox and Ronna D. Kinsella, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellants, Mark A. Shempert and Deborah A. Shempert.

Attorney 2: 

Bradford D. Box and Jonathan David Stewart, Jackson, Tennessee, for the appellee, Farmers Insurance Exchange.

Judge: 
FARMER
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