TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND THE DIVISION OF HEALTH RELATED BOARDS v. KANDALA CHARY ET AL.

The Tennessee Department of Health appeals from the award of attorneys’ fees and costs to four doctors following the dismissal of its administrative action against the doctors. Following a contested case hearing in which all material facts were stipulated, the Board of Medical Examiners dismissed all charges upon the finding that “the Department had not proven facts sufficient to establish that Respondent[s] violated Tenn. Code Ann. §§ 63-6-101 et seq., 63-6-214, and Tenn Comp. R. [and] Regs.” When the Department did not seek judicial review of the dismissal, the doctors requested and were awarded their attorneys’ fees and costs. The Department then filed a Petition for Judicial Review of the award. The chancery court affirmed the award and this appeal followed. Finding there is substantial and material evidence to support the administrative law judge’s decision to award the attorneys’ fees and costs under Tennessee Code Annotated § 4-5-325, we affirm.

Attorney 1: 

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter, and Sue Ann Sheldon, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Tennessee Department of Health and the Division of Health Related Boards.

Attorney 2: 

Daniel Davis Warlick, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Kandala Chary.

Francis Joseph Scanlon, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellees, Susan Alex, Murty Narapareddy, and Shirish Joglekar.

Judge: 
CLEMENT
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