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GWINN FAYNE AND ALFRED FAYNE v. TERESA VINCENT and DAVID VINCENT

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

J. Michael Sharp, Cleveland, Tennessee, for appellants.

Michael A. Anderson, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for appellees.

Judge: FRANKS

In this dispute over the sale of a home, the Trial Court initially granted purchasers a rescission of the sale, but purchasers appealed to this Court. We ruled that the Trial Court had failed to put the purchasers in the position they would have occupied had the sale never occurred, and remanded the issues of various costs, pre-judgment interest and the fair rental of the property to take into consideration in placing the parties in a pre-contract status quo position. Also, remanded was the issue of attorney's fees and whether the sellers had violated the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act. On remand, the Trial Court ruled that sellers had violated the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act and awarded attorney's fees and pre-judgment interest, as well as adjusting the Judgment to place the parties in status quo upon rescission. The appeal ensued by the sellers, and we affirm the Judgment of the Trial Court, as well as an award of attorney's fees to the purchasers for their representation on appeal.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2008/fayneg_031208.pdf


CARL J. KIRBY v. ARTHUR SCHARHAG AND BEATRIZ SCHARHAG

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Arthur Scharhag and Beatriz Scharhag, Walland, Tennessee, pro se.

Lance A. Evans, Maryville, Tennessee, for appellee.

Judge: FRANKS

This matter originated in Sessions Court, where the Sessions Court held the defendants in contempt of court and awarded plaintiff attorney's fees. On appeal to Circuit Court, the Trial Court held the defendants were not in contempt of court but awarded attorney's fees and additional costs. On appeal, we affirm in part and reverse in part and remand.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2008/kirbyc_031208.pdf


PHILLIP C. PENNY, KURTIS SCHILK, AND ROBERT TEBBETTS v. THE CITY OF MEMPHIS AND CITY OF MEMPHIS CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Thomas E. Hansom and Leigh H. Thomas, Memphis, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Kurtis Schilk.

Elbert Jefferson, Jr., City Attorney, and Gerald L. Thornton, Senior Assistant Attorney, Memphis, Tennessee, for the Appellee, City of Memphis.

Judge: KIRBY

This case involves the termination of a municipal police officer. The police department received a report on an attempted suicide by a mental patient. The appellant officer and other officers responded. When the officers arrived at the scene, the suicide victim was sitting on his front porch, bleeding from self-inflicted wounds. As the officers approached the individual, he tried to flee. Attempting to gain control over the individual, the officers repeatedly struck him with their police batons. The individual ran from the police and fell in the street. The officers again struck him with batons and handcuffed him while he was on the ground. The appellant officer held him on the ground by placing his baton across the back of his shoulders. Shortly afterward, the individual stopped breathing and died of a heart attack. After an investigation, three of the officers, including the appellant, were terminated for using excessive force in this incident. The terminations were upheld by the municipal civil service commission. The three officers then filed a petition for writ of certiorari, claiming that the commission's decision was arbitrary and unsupported by substantial and material evidence. The trial court granted the petition as to two officers and reversed their terminations. However, it denied the petition as to the appellant officer because his termination was based on his disciplinary history as well as his conduct during the incident in question. The terminated officer now appeals. We affirm, finding that the commission's decision to uphold the officer's termination was supported by substantial and material evidence in the record.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2008/pennyp_031208.pdf


TEMPLE BAPTIST CHURCH, MANCHESTER, TENNESSEE v. C & H COMMERCIAL CONTRACTOR, INC.

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Gregory Lee Cashion and Kenneth S. Schrupp, Nashville, TN, for appellant, Temple Baptist Church Manchester, Tennessee.

Vanessa A. Jackson, Tullahoma, Tennessee, for appellee, C & H Commercial Contractors, Inc.

Judge: BLACKWOOD

Claimant/Appellant Temple Baptist Church brought suit against Defendant/Appellee C & H Commercial Contractors, Inc. to enforce a provision for liquidated damages pursuant to a construction contract entered into by the parties. The contract contained a provision for liquidated damages at the rate of $250.00 per day if the contractor failed to complete the work within the time required by the contract. Temple Baptist Church also sought awards for a credit due under the contract for sales tax and for the contractor's failure to obtain a bond. C & H Commercial Contractors filed an answer and counterclaim alleging that the church had wrongfully terminated the contract. The case was tried without a jury in March of 2006. The trial court found that both parities were mutually responsible for the delay in construction for a period of 220 days. The trial court found that the contractor was responsible for delays after this period and awarded liquidated damages in the amount of $14,250.00. The trial court also awarded attorney fees in the amount of $16,034.50, but denied the credits sought by the church. We affirm.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2008/templebaptist_031208.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. RONALD FRANK WEBB

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Thomas Harding Potter, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant (on appeal) and Larry M. Warner, Crossville, Tennessee (at trial), for the appellant, Ronald Frank Webb.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Leslie E. Price, Assistant Attorney General; William Edward Gibson, District Attorney General; and Douglas E. Crawford, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: TIPTON

The defendant, Ronald Frank Webb, was convicted by a Cumberland County Criminal Court jury of driving under the influence, third offense, a Class A misdemeanor, for which the court sentenced him to eleven months and twenty-nine days, with 120 days to be served in jail at seventy-five percent release eligibility. The defendant claims on appeal that the trial court erred in giving lengthy and confusing instructions to the jury and in commenting that the instructions were confusing. We affirm the judgment of the trial court pursuant to Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Rule 20.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2008/webbr_031208.pdf


Propriety of Bonding Company Acting as Surety Requiring Defendant to Deposit Full Amount of Bond

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2008-03-12

Opinion Number: 08-49

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/AG/2008/ag_08_49.pdf

Annexation Under Tenn. Code Ann. Section 6-58-111(d)(2) (2005) After Agreement Not to Annex

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2008-03-12

Opinion Number: 08-50

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/AG/2008/ag_08_50.pdf

Validity of Pending Legislation Affecting Surface Coal Mining Operations

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2008-03-12

Opinion Number: 08-51

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/AG/2008/ag_08_51.pdf

Confidentiality of Information Related to the City of Murfreesboro's Drug and Alcohol Testing Obtained Under the Drug-Free Workplace Programs Statutes

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2008-03-12

Opinion Number: 08-52

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/AG/2008/ag_08_52.pdf

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Commission names top three choices for circuit court seat
The Tennessee Judicial Selection Commission today recommended three attorneys for Gov. Phil Bredesen to consider in filling the the 20th Judicial District Circuit Court seat recently vacated by Judge Walter C. Kurtz. They are: Joseph Pitts Binkley Jr.; Michael F. Jameson with North, Pursell, Ramos & Jameson PLC; and Mary Ashley "Marsh" Nichols, Davidson County Circuit Court Special Master.
Today's Tennessean looked at the 10 applicants who were under consideration
Disaster legal services available in 3 new counties
The federal government on Tuesday authorized disaster assistance for three additional Tennessee counties as a result of severe storms that hit the state last month. The counties are McNairy, Tipton and Wayne. Attorneys in these areas are encouraged to volunteer to provide disaster legal assistance to victims. Those who volunteer will be matched with pro bono clients by local legal aid organizations.
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Paper: secret orders must go
The Knoxville News Sentinel writes in its editorial today that secret orders barring attorneys from practicing in federal court are "scary" and should be rescinded. A judge's ability to pursue such an order came to light recently with news that U.S. District Chief Judge Curtis L. Collier of Chattanooga had filed a motion to prohibit Knoxville lawyer Herbert S. Moncier from practicing in federal court.
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Law firms turn to pipeline projects for diversity
More law firms are funding so-called pipeline projects in an effort to find promising minority students at an earlier stage, reports the National Law Journal. Scholarships, mentoring programs and debate programs are among the outreach efforts being undertaken to spur interest in the law among high school and college students. But the approach has met skepticism by those who say firms should focus on retaining minorities and women already in the profession.
Law.com has the report
Do men and women pursue the law for different reasons?
A study by Harvard Law School students find that women view a career in the law as a way to do good for others, while men are less likely to offer that response when asked why they are pursuing a law degree. Women also are less likely to think of personal interests or a desire to obtain a position of power when deciding what career to chose, the study says.
The ABA Journal explores the issue
Growing number of law schools offer practical skills
A number of prominent law schools, including Harvard and Stanford, have responded to criticisms that schools do not prepare graduates for the workplace by rethinking how they teach. Now Washington & Lee University in Virginia is planning fundamental changes likely to spark debate in the legal community. In a nutshell, the school plans to have students spend their final year in practicum courses that will imitate real-world lawyering.
The AP reports on this trend in the Washington Times
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Legislature ratifies court rules package
The General Assembly has ratified and approved amendments and revisions to the Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure, Rules of Appellate Procedure, Rules of Evidence, Rules of Criminal Procedure and Rules of Juvenile Procedure. The amendments take effect July 1.
Learn more about the changes
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Lecture marks anniversary of church-state separation ruling
Dr. Jim McCollum, whose mother's lawsuit against his public school system resulted in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision McCollum v. Board of Education, will appear March 17 at two area universities. From 7:30 to 9 a.m., he will speak at Vanderbilt University and from 1 to 2 p.m., he will speak at Middle Tennessee State University, reports the Murfreesboro Post. The events are sponsored by the Nashville chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. For more information or to RSVP call (615) 646-9946.

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