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.

Henry D. Fincher, Attorney at Law
305 E. Spring Street
Cookeville, TN 38501

Administrative Med Mal Scheme Discussed

The Medical Malpractice Study Committee of the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee met today to consider SB507 by Sen. Jack Johnson (HB546 by Rep. Glen Casada), which moves medical malpractice claims out of the court system into a Patients’ Compensation System, relieves physicians of personal malpractice liability, and sets up an independent medical review panel of physicians and medical experts to review plaintiffs' claims. Presenting the legislation were representatives of the group Patients For Fair Compensation. Those in opposition and raising concerns included the Tennessee Medical Association and State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company. Legislators attending today’s meeting included Sen. Jack JohnsonSen. Mark GreenSen. Reginald TateRep. Glen CasadaRep. Dennis PowersRep. Joe PittsRep. David Shepard and Rep. Kelly Keisling. Check TBAImpact for updates on this issue.

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CSX Seeks to Move Blount County Suit to Federal Court

CSX Transportation Inc. wants to transfer a class-action lawsuit from Blount County Circuit Court to federal court, The Daily Times reports. The class-action lawsuit was filed after a train derailment on July 2 that resulted in the evacuation of 5,000 Maryville residents. The suit seeks unspecified damages. CSX is facing three other lawsuits in the derailment.

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