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Court: TSC


Court: TCA


Renee Andrews-Turner and David Kozlowski, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, for the appellant, Trina Green.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Lauren S. Lamberth, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellee, James G. Neeley.

Judge: CAIN

Claimant appeals the denial of her claim for unemployment benefits, arguing that the denial was not based on substantial and material evidence since the only proof of work-related misconduct offered by her former employer was hearsay. We reverse the judgment of the chancery court, finding that although the hearsay evidence was admissible, the testimony was uncorroborated due to the failure of the unemployment agency to maintain a proper record. Thus, we find that the former employer failed to present substantial and material evidence sufficient to support the denial of Claimant's unemployment benefits.


Court: TCA


Karla C. Hewitt, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Cydnie Browning O'Rourke.

Helen Sfikas Rogers, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, James Patrick O'Rourke.


The trial court disqualified a law firm representing the wife in post-divorce proceedings. An attorney who had represented the husband joined the firm, which later began representing the wife. It was not disputed that the attorney who had represented the husband was disqualified from representing the wife. The trial court imputed this disqualification to the attorney's new firm. We affirm the trial court's order.


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