Compromise reached on medical malpractice

The state Senate Judiciary Committee today revived and sent to the Senate floor, legislation that is said to represent "an uncomfortable compromise" between the parties. The compromise will be offered in the form of an amendment, which will replace the text of the original bill. The draft amendment requires records to be available within 30 rather than 10 days; provides for early notice that a claim may be made; calls for certification by a medical expert that the case or a defense has merit or that more information is needed; relaxes rules on medical record confidentiality; and enhances sanctions for filing a medical malpractice action without a certificate. Read the Nashville Post's story on the compromise or download the draft amendment:

http://www.tba2.org/tbatoday/legislation/2007/sb2001_draft.pdf

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FEDERATED RURAL ELECTRIC INSURANCE EXCHANGE, ET AL. v. WILLIAM R. HILL, ET AL.

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Clifford E. Wilson of Madisonville, Tennessee for Appellants, Federated rural Electric Insurance Exchange and Fort Loudoun Electric Cooperative

W. Stuart Scott and Autumn L. Gentry of Nashville, Tennessee for Appellees, William R. Hill and Suzann C. Hill

Judge: CRAWFORD

Employer and its insurer filed suit against employee for fraud in the procurement of workers' compensation benefits. Employee and his wife filed a counter-complaint alleging intentional infliction of emotional distress. retaliatory discharge and loss of consortium. The trial court dismissed the counter-complaint for failure to state a claim. Employee sought to amend the counter-complaint to add procurement of breach of employment contract and a tortious interference claim against the insurer. The trial court also denied these claims. Employee and his wife appeal. We reverse in part, affirm in part, and remand.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2007/federated_032707.pdf


JOAN FRYE, ET AL. v. ST. THOMAS HEALTH SERVICES, ET AL.

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

P. Robert Philp, J., Brentwood, Tennessee, for the appellants, Joan Frye and John Frye

Matthew C. Lonergan and Karyn C. Bryant, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellees, St. Thomas Hospital, St. Thomas Health Services, Catherine Doyle, and Seton Corporation

Judge: CAIN

Employee and Husband filed action against hospital and other related persons and entities alleging various claims arising from employee's employment with hospital including claims for hostile work environment, age discrimination, constructive discharge, retaliation, wrongful discharge, and aiding and abetting. Hospital filed motion for summary judgment which was granted by the trial court, dismissing all of Plaintiffs' claims. Plaintiffs appealed. We affirm the decision of the trial court in all respects.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2007/fryej_032707.pdf


RONALD RAY STONER v. TIFFANY DENISE STONER MORGAN

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

David B. Hamilton, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Ronald Ray Stoner

Bradley L. Henry, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Tiffany Denise Stoner Morgan

Judge: KOCH

This appeal involves a mother's efforts to invoke Tenn. Code Ann. section 36-5-3003(2005) to transfer a post-divorce custody dispute from the Sumner County General Sessions Court to the Circuit Court for Knox County. The general sessions court ordered the case to be transferred but granted the father permission to appeal to this court pursuant to Tenn. R. App. P. 9. We concur with the general sessions court that this is a proper case for an interlocutory appeal. We have also determined that the trial court's order transferring the case to Knox County must be reversed because the children have not resided in Knox County for at least six months as required by Tenn. Code Ann. section 36-5-3003(b).

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2007/stonerr_032707.pdf


State Representative on Board of Tellico Reservoir Development Agency

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2007-03-26

Opinion Number: 07-36

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/AG/2007/ag_07-36.pdf

Assessor's Authority to Reduce Assessment

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2007-03-26

Opinion Number: 07-37

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/AG/2007/ag_07-37.pdf

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Councilman Ford pays off utility bill; avoids cutoff
City Councilman Edmund Ford paid the remainder of the more than $13,000 he owed Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division today, avoiding the promised cutoff if he didn't pay by 5 p.m. Meanwhile, investigations continue as to why MLGW protected Ford from disconnection even though he owed money on three accounts.
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Memphis federal building closer to new name
The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation on Monday to redesignate the federal building in Memphis as the "Clifford Davis/Odell Horton Federal Building." The name change honors Odell Horton, the first black federal judge appointed after Reconstruction. Similar legislation has been introduced in the Senate by Lamar Alexander.
WLMT reports on Horton's career
Gonzales' aide takes the fifth
Monica Goodling, counsel and White House liaison to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, has notified the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee that she will invoke her right against self-incrimination and not answer questions at upcoming Senate hearings about the firings of eight U.S. attorneys. The White House said the announcement was unfortunate but it respects her decision.
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Court site now searchable
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Hispanic drivers more likely arrested, not cited
Hispanic persons in Nashville are almost four times more likely than persons of all other ethnicities to be physically arrested rather than issued citations for driving without driver's licenses, according to new data compiled by the Metro Criminal Justice Planning Unit. The police department says that is because a greater number of Hispanics are unable to produce identification when stopped.
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Paper calls for gang court
In an editorial Monday, the online news source Chattanoogan.com called for a special court to handle the area's growing gang problem. The paper recommended that city and county leaders join forces to develop one system that relies heavily on parental involvement.
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Miller named chair of civil rights committee
Dr. Bernie Miller, founding pastor of New Covenant Fellowship Church in Chattanooga, has been named chair of the Tennessee Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Serving on the committee with Miller are: Tiffany Cox, Tennessee Department of Education; Amber Gooding, Tennessee Human Rights Commission; Gregory Grisham, Weitraub, Stock & Grisham; Dorothy Jones; Carol Swain, Vanderbilt University; Vicki Lott; Josh Thomas, office of U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander; Eliud Trevino, El Crucero; Susan Williams, Highlander Research and Education Center; and Tom Edd Wilson, the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce.
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Supreme Court to review child porn law
The Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide the constitutionality of a child pornography law that the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals criticized as criminalizing speech about illegal images. The case will be argued in the fall.
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Shelby County mayor's son charged with rape
AC Wharton III, the eldest of Shelby County Mayor AC Wharton's three sons, was arrested this morning in Knoxville on charges of statutory rape. In announcing the arrest, Mayor Wharton asked the media and the public to respect the situation as a family matter, reports the Commercial Appeal.

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Lien law bill approved by subcommittee
The TBA-initiated bill to rewrite the mechanics and materialman's lien law and create a new streamlined construction lien law, HB1879/SB2031, moved out of the Civil Practice Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee this afternoon.
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Exclusionary rule bill postponed
Legislation (SB0168/HB1255) that attempts to create a good faith exception to the exclusionary rule for searches conducted with or without a warrant was to be considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee today, but was not taken up when the committee ran out of time. Action has been deferred until April 3.
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Art Stolnitz, a University of Tennessee College of Law graduate and longtime supporter, died Thursday, March 22, in Palm Desert, Calif.
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