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.

Chair
Liberty Mutual Group Inc.
Gateway Plz 1 5409 Maryland Way #212
Brentwood, TN 37027
(615)986-7700
Immediate Past Chair
Farmers Insurance Exchange and...
6 Cadillac Dr., Suite 260
Brentwood, TN 37027
(615)370-7002

Tullahoma City Attorney Stepping Down

After six years as Tullahoma city attorney, Randall Morrison has decided to step down and refocus his attention on building his private law practice. He recently added William Lockhart as a new partner to his firm and will be changing the firm’s name to Morrison & Lockhart, Tullahoma News reports. Morrison will continue to handle divorce and child custody cases but with the addition of Lockhart, the firm’s focus will expand to include criminal law, workers' compensation cases and personal injury cases.

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Court Clarifies Application of Statutes of Limitations

The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled today that a trial court must consider both the legal basis of a claim and the injuries for which damages are sought when determining which statute of limitations applies to a lawsuit. In the case decided today, a landowner seeking to sell property sued for breach of contract. The defendant countered that the suit was filed after the statute of limitations had run and the lower courts agreed. The appeal to the Supreme Court sought to determine which of two statutes of limitations should have been applied: a three-year period for injury to real property or a six-year period for contract action. Applying the test it articulated, the court determined that the suit should be considered a contract action and therefore was allowed because it was filed within the six-year time frame. The AOC has more.

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