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Court: TCA


Sonya W. Henderson, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, for the appellant, Bessie McGill.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter, Michael e. Moore, Solicitor General and Heather C. Ross, Senior Counsel, for the State of Tennessee.


The Claims Commission dismissed Claimant's action pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated section 9-8- 402(b) and for failure to reply to the Commission's show cause order. We affirm.



Court: TCA


John R. Wingo and Derek C. Jumper, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, AmSouth Bank.

C. Bennett Harrison, Jr., and Brian W. Holmes, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Saturn & Mazer Title Services, Inc.


The issue on appeal is the extent of a bank's liability under the Uniform Commercial Code, Tenn. Code Ann. section 47-4-101 et seq., for the payment of checks drawn on a bank customer's trust account over forged endorsements. The bank customer, a real estate title services company, filed this action seeking a refund of the face value of checks improperly charged to its trust account over forged endorsements. In granting summary judgment for the customer, the trial court found that the customer was entitled to recover the face value of two forged checks. The trial court, however, denied the claim regarding two other forged checks as being barred by the statute of limitations, and the court denied the customer's request for prejudgment interest. The bank appealed contending the customer cannot recover more than its actual losses, which are less than the face value of the checks. The customer appeals the denial of prejudgment interest. We have determined that the bank's liability is limited to the actual loss sustained by the customer, and find no error with the trial court's denial of prejudgment interest. Therefore, we reverse in part and affirm in part the decision of the trial court.



Court: TCCA


Robert L. Jolley, Jr., Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Jerry Wayne Wright.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Renee W. Turner, Assistant Attorney General; Steve Bebb, District Attorney General; and Andrew Mark Freiberg and Chalmers Thompson, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: OGLE

A Monroe County Criminal Court jury convicted the appellant, Jerry Wayne Wright, of second degree murder and possession of drug paraphernalia, and the trial court sentenced him to consecutive sentences of twenty and two years, respectively. On appeal, the appellant contends that (1) the trial court should have suppressed his statement to police because the police did not have probable cause to arrest him; (2) the evidence is insufficient to support his second degree murder conviction because the State did not prove he killed the victim "knowingly"; (3) the trial court should have granted his request for a continuance; (4) the trial court erred by failing to grant his request for a mistrial when a State witness testified that the appellant had been held in continuous custody since his arrest; (5) the trial court should have granted his request to sever the offenses; and (6) his sentences are excessive. Upon review of the record and the parties' briefs, we affirm the appellant's convictions. However, because the trial court committed reversible errors during sentencing, we remand the case for a new sentencing hearing.



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