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Court: TCA


Antwan Anglin, Only, Tennessee, pro se

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Report, and Kellena Baker, Nashville, Tennessee, for appellees


Prisoner filed Petition for a writ of certiorari. The Trial Court refused to issue the writ. We affirm.

Corrected Opinion

Court: TCA


Clifford E. Wilson of Madisonville, Tennessee for Appellants, William R. Hill and Suzann C. Hill

W. Stuart Scott and Autumn L. Gentry of Nashville, Tennessee for Appellees, Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange and Fort Loudoun Electric Cooperative


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.


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