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Court: TSC


David G. Mills, Cordova, Tennessee, for the appellant, Jerry T. Troup, Jr.

Justin Nicholas Joy, Kevin O’Neal Baskette, and Stephen C. Barton, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellee, Fischer Steel Corporation.


The plaintiff in this case suffered an on-the-job injury and filed a tort claim against the third-party defendant. We granted review to determine whether the third-party defendant is entitled to argue the comparative fault of a principal contractor who is an employer for purposes of the Workers' Compensation Law. We conclude that the third-party defendant may not argue the comparative fault of a principal contractor even if the principal contractor does not have a subrogation interest in the plaintiff's recovery. The third-party defendant may, however, argue that the principal contractor was the sole cause in fact of the plaintiff's injuries. We also conclude that the jury instruction provided by the trial court accurately and adequately explained the jury’s ability to consider whether the actions of the principal contractor were the cause in fact of the plaintiff's injuries. Accordingly, we reverse the ruling of the Court of Appeals and remand this case to the Court of Appeals for consideration of the issues pretermitted by its opinion.


Court: TWCA


Jennifer Webb Arnold, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the appellants, Franklin County Board of Education and Tennessee School Boards Risk Management Trust.

M. Christopher Coffey, Knoxville, Tennessee for the appellee, Kay Hill.

Judge: WADE

This workers' compensation appeal has been referred to the Special Workers' Compensation Appeals Panel of the Supreme Court in accordance with Tennessee Code Annotated section 50-6-225(e)(3) for a hearing and a report of findings of fact and conclusions of law. The trial court awarded permanent partial disability benefits of 65% to the body as a whole. The employer has appealed, contending that the trial court used an incorrect method to calculate the average weekly wage. The employer also argues that the amount of the award is excessive and that it is entitled to a credit for an overpayment of temporary disability benefits. We hold that the method used to calculate the average weekly wage was, in fact, erroneous and modify the judgment accordingly. We also hold that the Employer is entitled to credit for the overpayment of temporary disability benefits. We otherwise affirm the trial court's judgment.


Court: TWCA


Richard C. Magelsdorf, Jr. and Catherine E. Cunningham, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellants, Graphic Packaging International, Inc. and Liberty Mutual Insurance Company.

David J. Deming, David M. Drobny, and William D. McGee, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Myron L. Robbins.

Judge: WADE

This workers' compensation appeal has been referred to the Special Workers' Compensation Appeals Panel of the Supreme Court in accordance with Tennessee Code Annotated section 50-6-225(e)(3) for a hearing and a report of findings of fact and conclusions of law to the Supreme Court. The trial court awarded 50% permanent partial disability to the body as a whole to the employee. The employer asserts that the trial court erred by finding that the employee sustained a compensable aggravation of his pre-existing congenital condition. In the alternative, the employer contends that the trial court erred by finding that the employee did not have a meaningful return to work and by awarding more than two and one-half times the medical impairment under Tennessee Code Annotated section 50-6-241(a). We affirm the finding of compensability, reverse the finding that the employee did not have a meaningful return to work, and modify the award to 37.5% permanent partial disability to the body as a whole.


Court: TCA


S. Joshua Kahane, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, James E. Rasberry.

John Helflin, III and Thomas R. Dyer, for the appellees, Orman Campbell, O.D., Cathryn Pitts Campbell Holland, Christy Campbell Lino, Beverly Allene Campbell Swain, Bonnie H. Campbell, Carolyn Campbell Scalan, Orman Campbell, Trustee of the Gary Ehteredge Campbell Trust.


Plaintiff brought suit to enforce a contract for the sale of real estate contending that one of the selling heirs was the authorized agent of the remaining heirs to enter into the agreement. Defendants filed a motion for summary judgment supported by affidavits and the Plaintiff countered with his affidavit. Finding no genuine issue of material fact, the trial court granted the motion and we affirm.


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