JAMES EDWARD PHELPS v. JACQUELINE ANN NEWMAN ET AL.

After he lost his job at the University of Tennessee, the plaintiff filed this action against UT and several of his coworkers. The complaint can be summarized thusly: the plaintiff had an intimate relationship with a female coworker and, after it ended, she and three of her friends, who were also coworkers of the plaintiff, set out to get him fired. He seeks to impose liability on the four individuals and UT under various theories. The defendants filed a motion to dismiss which the trial court granted. The plaintiff filed a motion to alter or amend which the trial court denied. The plaintiff appeals. We affirm in part and reverse in part.

Attorney 1: 

David B. Hamilton, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, James Edward Phelps.

Attorney 2: 

Michael D. Fitzgerald, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellees, Jacqueline Ann Newman, Nick Coffee, Brenda Ford, David Elliott, and The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Judge: 
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