Commission sends governor 3 Supreme Court nominees

The Judicial Selection Commission today recommended Court of Appeals Judge Sharon G. Lee of Knoxville, Kingsport lawyer D. Bruce Shine and Chattanooga lawyer John Westley McClarty as candidates to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the Sept. 15 retirement of Chief Justice William. M. Barker. Gov. Phil Bredesen must select one of these applicants or reject the entire list and request a second round of names.
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Court: TCA


George H. Nolan, Nashville, TN, for Appellant.

Robert J. Walker, Nashville, TN, for Appellees.

Kathryn Hays Sasser, Nashville, TN, for Appellees.


This is an appeal from a legal malpractice lawsuit. Appellant sued law firm and lawyer for three instances of legal malpractice. On a motion for partial summary judgment, the trial court dismissed two of the three theories based upon the statute of limitations. See Tenn. Code Ann. section 28-3- 104(a)(2). Appellant filed a motion asking the trial court to certify the Order dismissing the two theories as a final order, pursuant to Tenn. R. Civ. P. 54.02. The trial court granted the motion. Appellant appealed the Order dismissing its first two theories. We find that it was error for the trial judge to certify the Order granting partial summary judgment as a final order, under Tenn. R. Civ. P. 54.02. We vacate the judgment and remand the case for trial.


Court: TCA


Kurt F. Luna, Lewisburg, Tennessee, appellant, pro se.

Steven D. Lipsey, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Ford Motor Credit Company.

Judge: KIRBY

This appeal arises from the dismissal of an appeal from a general sessions judgment. The appellant purchaser defaulted on a loan from the appellee finance company for the purchase of a vehicle. The finance company then filed an action to recover possession of the vehicle. The general sessions court entered a judgment in favor of the finance company. The purchaser appealed the judgment to the circuit court. The finance company moved to dismiss the appeal for failure to file the required bond. The circuit court found that the purchaser was not indigent and granted the motion to dismiss. The purchaser appeals, challenging the circuit court's finding that he was not indigent. We find that an appeal bond was not required under Tennessee caselaw. Therefore, we reverse the decision of the circuit court and remand for further proceedings.


Court: TCA


John B. Curtis, Jr., and Bruce D. Gill, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the appellants, National Healthcare Corporation et al.

Deborah Truby Riordan and Lisa E. Circeo, Lexington, Kentucky, for the appellee, Nina McKey.


This appeal concerns the enforceability of an arbitration agreement included in a nursing home's admission documents. The trial court denied the defendants' motion to compel arbitration based upon its finding that the defendants had not proven that the family members who signed the arbitration agreement had authority to do so under the Tennessee Healthcare Decisions Act. We affirm the decision of the trial court.


Court: TCA


Lisa Erickson Circeo and Deborah Truby Riordan, Nashville, Tennessee; Brian G. Brooks, Greenbrier, Arkansas; and Susan Nichols Estes, Little Rock, Arkansas, for the appellants, Virginia L. Ricketts, as administratrix of the Estate of Mary Lenore Williamson, deceased, and on behalf of the wrongful death beneficiaries of Mary Lenore Williamson.

Christy Tosh Crider, Sonya R. Smith, and John Michael Phillips, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellees, Christian Care Center of Cheatham County, Inc. and Care Centers Management of Cheatham County, Inc.


This is an interlocutory appeal concerning the enforceability of an arbitration agreement included in a nursing home's admission agreement. The trial court ruled that the arbitration agreement was enforceable. Because we find that the person who signed the admission agreement did not have the authority to act for the decedent, we reverse the decision of the trial court.

Vote of Municipal Planning Commission to Approve or Disapprove a Plat

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2008-08-18

Opinion Number: 08-135

Authority of General Sessions and City Courts to Issue Subpoenas for Telephone and Other Electronic Records in the Possession of Service Providers

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2008-08-18

Opinion Number: 08-136

Assistant District Attorney Serving as a Municipal Judge

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2008-08-18

Opinion Number: 08-137


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