Litigation Section

This section provides the trial attorney with information on the most recent trends in trial techniques through annual seminars and its newsletter. The section currently produces a quarterly case update to the members of the section.

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Court: Unlimited Surety Bond Not Required to Appeal

The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled today that an unlimited surety bond is not required for an appeal of a civil case from General Sessions Court to Circuit Court. Ruling in a 2007 Shelby County case, the court found that a cash bond covering the amount of court costs and litigation taxes is enough to permit an appeal. The unanimous ruling also noted that courts can request additional security under state law if necessary. The AOC has more on the decision.

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Chattanooga Lawyer Sues Phone Book for Wrong Listing

Chattanooga attorney Charles Dupree, who has practiced in the city since 1974, has sued YP Southeast Advertising & Publishing LLC and Yellowbook after his name was listed backward -- with Charles being listed as his last name and Dupree being listed as his first name -- in both the white and yellow pages. Dupree said he was contacted last spring by the directory sales staff to confirm his 2014 listing. He advised that the listing should remain the same. In his complaint, Dupree says the mix-up suggests he has gone out of business and that lawyers and clients have remarked about him 'not being in the telephone book.’ The suit seeks $65,000 in damages.

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