Justice Ginsburg to receive Benjamin L. Hooks Award

The Memphis Bar Association will welcome U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Memphis on Monday for the joint annual meeting of the MBA and the Memphis Bar Foundation. Justice Ginsburg will speak at the Sept. 11 event on "Women's Progress at the Bar and on the Bench." During the meeting, she will be presented with the Memphis Bar Foundation's Benjamin L. Hooks Award, which honors a lawyer or judge whose work promotes public awareness of the legal profession, legal education and social justice. Area attorneys who also will receive awards are Courtney Felts, David M. Cook, Caren B. Nichol and Jef Feibelman. Download a press release about dinner and the awards here:


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John Cobb Rochford, Jeff T. Goodson, and John Palmer Webb of Nashville, Tennessee for Appellants, Dawn Nepp and Doug Merrick.

William Caldwell Hancock of Nashville, Tennessee for Appellees, Margaret Hart and Thomas Hart.


This is an appeal of a judgment on a jury verdict. Plaintiffs-homeowners contracted with a construction company, a corporation wholly owned by a single stockholder, to construct their residence. Because of alleged breach of contract and negligent construction, the homeowners filed suit against the corporation and also the sole stockholder and his wife, a director, alleging that they were in fact the alter egos of the corporation. Prior to trial, the corporation was voluntarily dismissed by the homeowners, and the case was tried against the individual defendants on the alter ego theory. The jury found that owner-defendants were liable under the alter ego theory for negligent construction and breach of contract. Judgment was entered on the jury verdict. Plaintiffs-homeowners appealed stating that the trial court erred in dismissing some of the other causes of action, but a review of the record reveals that no motion for a new trial was filed by plaintiffs-homeowners as required by Tenn. R. App. P. 3 (e), and thus those issues are waived. The individual defendants asserted affirmative issues for review as cross appellants. Although the individual defendants filed a motion for a new trial, many of the issues raised were not specifically stated therein and are consequently considered waived on appeal by virtue of Tenn. R. App. P. 3 (e). Finding that there is material evidence to support the jury verdict, we affirm.



Court: TCCA


J. Thomas Caldwell, Ripley, Tennessee, for the appellant, William Larry Littles.

Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Brian Clay Johnson, Assistant Attorney General; and Elizabeth T. Rice, District Attorney General; and James Walter Freeland, Jr., Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.


This is a direct appeal from a conviction on a jury verdict of driving under the influence of an intoxicant (DUI), fourth or subsequent offense. The Defendant, William Larry Littles, filed a motion to suppress evidence obtained as a result of a warrantless seizure, alleging the police did not have reasonable suspicion to conduct the investigatory stop that led to the seizure. The Defendant's motion to suppress was denied. Following his conviction he was sentenced to eighteen months in the custody of the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC). This sentence was suspended, and he was ordered to serve 180 days in jail followed by supervised probation. On appeal, the Defendant raises a single issue: that the trial court erred in denying his motion to suppress. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.



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