Free seminars will help improve online research skills

The Tennessee Bar Association and Fastcase will be offering two online webinars in October to help you boost your online legal research skills. Both are free and are accredited for one-hour of E&P CLE credit. The webinars will give you an overview of how Fastcase works and how you can use it more effectively in your practice. All TBA members have free access to Fastcase and can use it to research court opinions from all 50 states, the U.S. Supreme Court and all Federal Courts of Appeal, as well as statutes, regulations, constitutions, and court rules from all 50 states and from federal sources. Both courses begin at noon central/1 p.m. eastern.

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Court: TSC


Court: TCA


Michael J. Stewart, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Karen M. Dunegan.

M. Keith Davis, Dunlap, Tennessee, for the Appellee, Wayne Griffith.

Judge: LEE

The plaintiff brought this quiet title action asking the trial court to declare her the owner of a parcel of disputed property. Both parties proffered a chain of title ostensibly demonstrating ownership of the unimproved, wooded parcel, and both had been paying property taxes to Bledsoe County on the disputed property. After hearing the plaintiff's proof at a bench trial, the trial court held that the plaintiff's action was actually one for ejectment, which the trial court found "was not plead and which the proof presented at trial was insufficient to sustain," and dismissed the plaintiff's case. We hold that the plaintiff was not required to bring an action for ejectment in order to obtain the relief of a judgment declaring who owns the disputed property. We therefore vacate the trial court's judgment and remand for a new trial.


Court: TCA


Charles F. Morrow and Elizabeth E. Chance of Memphis, Tennessee for Appellant, Coldwell Banker Hoffman-Burke, Inc., Realtors

Robert L. Moore and Dawn Davis Carson of Memphis, Tennessee for Appellant, Jim Perdue

Henry C. Shelton, III and Tricia T. Olson of Memphis, Tennessee for Gary and Gail Weaver


This is the second appeal of this breach of contract case. In Gary Weaver, et al v. Thomas R. McCarter, et al, No. W2004-02803-COA-R3-CV, 2006 WL 1529506 (Tenn. Ct. App. June 6, 2006), this Court affirmed the trial court's grant of summary judgment in favor of plaintiffs and remanded the case "for further clarification concerning the amount of damages awarded with respect to plaintiff's claims of negligence per se, negligent misrepresentation, and breach of contract." Upon remand, the trial court entered judgment against the defendants jointly and severally and in favor of plaintiffs for compensatory damages and pre-judgment interest. Finding that the trial court abused its discretion in awarding pre-judgment interest, we reverse that portion of the Judgment. We reverse in part and affirm in part.


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