Tort and Insurance Law Section

This section provides a venue for attorneys to share views and to develop relationships with colleagues in this area of practice. The section offers CLE on issues impacting both tort and insurance law and sends out case updates to its members.

Liberty Mutual Group Inc.
Gateway Plz 1 5409 Maryland Way #212
Brentwood, TN 37027
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Farmers Insurance Exchange and...
6 Cadillac Dr., Suite 260
Brentwood, TN 37027

Court Seeks Comments on Rule Change Package

The Tennessee Supreme Court has published the annual package of recommendations from the Advisory Commission on Rules of Procedure and Evidence. Proposals include new authority for appellate courts to suspend rules; requirements for electronic copies of transcripts; specification of the color of application responses and amici in TRAP 9 and 11 matters; and refinement of criminal contempt provisions. Four TBA sections — Appellate Practice, Litigation, Tort and Insurance Law, and Criminal Justice — will review the recommendations and propose comments on behalf of the association. Comments on the proposals are due Nov. 27.

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Nashville Lawyers Win $27M Philip Morris Verdict

Kenny Byrd and John Spragens, both with the Nashville office of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, have won a $27 million verdict against Philip Morris USA after a Florida jury agreed that the company targeted teenagers as consumers. Among the evidence presented at trial was a company memo that stated, “today’s teenager is tomorrow’s regular customer.” The case of Judith Berger – who began smoking at age 14 – stemmed from a class action that was decertified, though individual cases were allowed to proceed. The Nashville Post has more.

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