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PATSY C. CATE v. JAMES DANIEL THOMAS

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Lanis L. Karnes of Jackson, Tennessee for Appellant, James Daniel Thomas

John Van den Bosch, Jr., of Jackson, Tennessee for Appellee, Patsy C. Cate

Judge: CRAWFORD

This case arises out of an ejectment action filed by Appellee against Appellant. Appellee claims ownership of the disputed property under a 1990 Warranty Deed and Appellant asserts that this Deed should be set aside due to fraud. The trial court found that the 1990 Deed was valid and that Appellant was a tenant at will on the property. The trial court further found that Appellant was in arrears on rent and that Appellee had a right to possession of the property and rents. We affirm.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2005/catep121405.pdf


CHRISTINE V. JONES v. CULLEN A. RAY

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Larry L. Roberts and Rebecca C. Kaman, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Christine V. Jones.

James H. Drescher, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Cullen A. Ray.

Todd A. Bricker, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Horace Mann Insurance Company.

Judge: SUSANO

The plaintiff and the defendant were riding double on a motorcycle with the defendant in front. The parties were proceeding south on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Williamson County when a deer came from the left and struck the side of the motorcycle, causing the plaintiff to sustain multiple fractures of her left leg. The plaintiff’s uninsured motorist carrier, who was served with process in the case, moved for summary judgment with respect to the plaintiff’s suit. The trial court granted summary judgment and dismissed the suit. The plaintiff appeals, arguing that there are genuine issues of material fact which preclude summary judgment. We affirm.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2005/jonesc121405.pdf


DERRICK LAWRENCE, ET AL. v. TREES N TRENDS

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Bert Bates, Cleveland, Tennessee, for the Appellants Derrick Lawrence and Kim Lawrence.

Alaric A. Henry and Amanda G. Branam, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the Appellee Trees-N-Trends.

Judge: SWINEY

Derrick Lawrence and Kim Lawrence (“Plaintiffs”) sued Trees-N-Trends (the “Store”) alleging outrageous conduct and/or negligent infliction of emotional distress. While Plaintiffs were shopping at the Store, a customer reported to the Store’s manager that Plaintiffs had a gun and intended to commit a robbery. The Store’s assistant manager, Whitney Finnell (“Finnell”), called 911 indicting there was a possible armed robbery but then clarifying that the report was based solely on information provided by a customer. Plaintiffs purchased some items and were confronted by police officers as they exited the store, made to lie on the pavement, and were handcuffed while the officers ascertained whether Plaintiffs were armed. Plaintiffs were not armed. The Trial Court granted summary judgment to the Store, and Plaintiffs appeal claiming there are genuine issues of material fact. We affirm.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2005/lawrenced121405.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE, EX REL. DIANA FRANCES IRWIN v. JOSEPH MABALOT

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Paul G. Summers, Attorney General & Reporter, Stuart F. Wilson-Patton, Senior Counsel, for the appellant, State of Tennessee, ex. rel., Diana Frances Irwin, c/o Division of Child Support.

Clark Lee Shaw, Cynthia J. Bohn, Derek K. Burks, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Joseph Mabalot.

Judge: COTTRELL

A mother left her husband after a brief marriage and moved to Arizona with their young child. The mother obtained an Arizona divorce by default in 1991. She and the child received public assistance sporadically during the ensuing years. In 2003, the State of Arizona petitioned the Tennessee court under the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act to impose an order for child support and medical insurance on the father, who had remained a Tennessee resident. After a hearing, the court ordered the father to pay prospective child support as well as retroactive child support dating back to the filing of the petition. The State appealed, contending that the trial court erred in failing to order the father to pay retroactive support from the date of divorce. We remand this case to the trial court for findings of fact and conclusions of law as are required under Tenn. Code Ann. § 36-5-101(e).

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2005/mabalotj121405.pdf


JULIE ANN NAHON v. ISAAC NAHON

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

William E. Miller, Cordova, Tennessee, for the appellant, Isaac Nahon.

Mitchel D. Moskovitz and Jason A. Creech, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellee, Julie Ann Nahon.

Judge: FARMER

Plaintiff Julie Nahon (“Plaintiff”) filed for divorce from Defendant Isaac Nahon (“Defendant”). The parties later entered into a Marital Dissolution Agreement (“MDA”) whereby Defendant agreed to obtain a loan and pay off certain marital debts. Four days later, Defendant repudiated the MDA after failing to obtain his anticipated loan. Plaintiff sought to enforce the MDA as a contract. The trial court held that the MDA was a valid and enforceable contract, and subsequently incorporated the MDA into the parties’ Final Decree of Absolute Divorce. Defendant appealed. Defendant subsequently failed to adhere to the financial obligations set forth in the Permanent Parenting Plan and MDA. As a result, Plaintiff filed several contempt petitions against Defendant. The trial court eventually entered an Order on Petition for Contempt against Defendant which granted Plaintiff final and enforceable judgments against Defendant for all delinquent obligations under the Permanent Parenting Plan and MDA. Defendant now appeals both the final divorce decree and the Order on Petition for Contempt. For the reasons set forth below, we reverse in part and affirm in part.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2005/nahonj121405.pdf


RICHARD PETERSEN, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS NATURAL PARENT OF THE MINOR CHILD, RACHEL PETERSEN, DECEASED, AND KAREN FOSMIRE, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS NATURAL PARENT AND LEGAL GUARDIAN OF RACHEL PETERSEN, DECEASED v. GENESIS LEARNING CENTERS AND THERAPEUTIC INTERVENTIONS, INC.

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

John S. Hicks and Christy Tosh Crider, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Therapeutic Interventions, Inc.

Clinton L. Kelly, Hendersonville, Tennessee, and Thomas Boyers, V, Gallatin, Tennessee, for the appellees, Richard Petersen and Karen Fosmire.

Judge: KIRBY

This is an action to enforce a settlement agreement. In the underlying lawsuit, the plaintiffs filed a complaint against the defendant foster care provider for the wrongful death of their daughter. The defendant had an insurance policy with “withering” limits, in which the policy limits are reduced by the amount expended in defending the lawsuit. The week before trial, counsel for the defendant sent a letter to counsel for the plaintiffs offering to settle the case for the remaining policy limits which, at the time, were $575,000. The plaintiffs asked the defendant to allow the offer to remain open for forty-eight (48) hours. The defendant agreed, but the defendant’s trial preparation continued. Two days later, the plaintiffs accepted the defendant’s offer. By that time, the policy limits had eroded to $450,000. The plaintiffs filed a motion to enforce the settlement agreement in the amount of $575,000. The trial court granted the motion. The defendant now appeals. We reverse, concluding that the parties’ correspondence does not reflect a meeting of the minds on the settlement amount.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2005/petersonr121405.pdf


LORNA McGUIRE TOWNSEND v. JAMES ROSS TOWNSEND

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Terry J. Leonard, Camden, Tennessee, for Appellant James Ross Townsend.

Mitchell D. Moskovitz, Memphis, Tennessee, and Jason A. Creech, Memphis, Tennessee, for Appellee Lorna Townsend.

Judge: KIRBY

This is a divorce and child custody case. After thirteen years of marriage, the wife filed a complaint for divorce and sought custody of the couple’s two minor children, alleging irreconcilable differences and inappropriate marital conduct. The husband admitted irreconcilable differences, but argued that the wife had committed the inappropriate marital conduct. After a lengthy trial, the trial court designated the wife as primary residential parent, ordered the husband to pay child support, divided the marital property, ordered the husband to pay the wife $70,000, awarded the wife attorney’s fees, and taxed the costs of the litigation against the husband. The husband appeals. We affirm.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2005/townsendl121405.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. CURTIS PALMER
Concurring opinion to opinion released 12-13-2005

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Mark Mesler, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Curtis Palmer.

Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Elizabeth B. Marney, Assistant Attorney General; William L. Gibbons, District Attorney General; Phillip Gerald Harris, Assistant District Attorney General; and Patience Branham, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, the State of Tennessee.

Judge: TIPTON

I concur in the results and most of the reasoning in the majority opinion. I respectfully disagree, though, with its conclusion that an oral request can suffice for the requirement in T.C.A. § 40-18-110(b), (c) that the jury instruction request must be in writing and specifically identify the lesser included offense for which instruction is sought. As I have previously concluded, though, the statute does not bar this court from considering the lack of an instruction on a lesser included offense as plain error. See State v. Roberto Vasques, et al., No. M2004- 00166-CCA-R3-CD, Davidson County, slip op. at 24 (Tenn. Crim. App. Oct. 7, 2005). However, I agree with the majority opinion’s conclusion that any error was harmless.

Concurring opinion
http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2005/palmerc_con121405.pdf


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Knox county clerk decides not to run for sessions court
The Knoxville News Sentinel reported today that Knox County Circuit Court Clerk Cathy Quist picked up a petition Tuesday from the Knox County Election Commission to run for re-election, ending her interest in replacing retiring Sessions Court Judge Brenda J. Waggoner.
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The Memphis Business Journal reports on the pros and cons of lawyer advertising, featuring interviews with six attorneys from various sized firms.
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ABA announces law school scholarship award
The ABA recently announced that it is accepting applications for the 2006-2007 Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund. The fund provides financial assistance to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply for and attend law school. The award provides $5,000 to an entering first-year student and can be renewed for two additional years, for a total of $15,000.
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Judge DeLozier announces he won't seek re-election
The Maryville Daily Times reports today that Blount County Judge Hugh E. DeLozier Jr. will not seek re-election as judge of General Sessions Court, Section 1 – a position he has held for the past 25 years.
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Special offer for last-minute CLE program
TennBarU is offering more than 150 hours of video replays (100+ ethics hours) between Dec. 27 and Dec. 30 at the Tennessee Bar Center in Nashville. We still need moderators to fill some of the three hour shifts -- moderators will earn 6 hours credit for each shift. Interested? Call TennBarU Administrator Kathleen Caillouette at (615) 383-7421 and schedule your shift today.
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