Appeals Court Questions TJC Award in TennCare Case

A federal appeals court on Wednesday questioned the $2.5 million in legal fees a district court awarded attorneys from the Tennessee Justice Center for representing TennCare patients in a costly and protracted legal battle over how patients are treated in the state’s Medicaid program. According to the Tennessean, attorneys representing the state called the award excessive and appealed, contending that the court “abused its discretion” by considering some work billable that the state claims was irrelevant to the TennCare case. Judge John Nixon, who issued the award, will re-examine a number of line items the state contends should not be compensated.