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Court: TWCA


Kent E. Krause and Jason A. Lee, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellants, Randstad North America, L.P. and ACE American Insurance Company

Jill T. Draughon, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Rene Burns


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. In this case, the trial court ruled that the employee, Ms. Rene Burns, sustained a 49% permanent partial disability to the hand. The employer asserts that the trial court erred because it considered Ms. Burns' disfigurement and alleged fear of equipment as part of the vocational disability award. Consequently, the employer contends that the trial court's award was excessive. We agree and modify the award to 35% permanent partial disability.


Court: TWCA


Terry L. Hill and Laurenn S. Disspayne, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Regis Corporation.

William Joseph Butler and E. Guy Holliman, Lafayette, Tennessee, for the appellee, Glenda Overton.


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 the employee, Glenda Overton, 80% permanent partial disability to the body as a whole and temporary partial disability benefits in a stipulated amount. It also awarded a 25% lack of good faith penalty on the temporary disability for non-payment. The employer, Regis Corporation, has appealed, alleging that the trial court erred in finding that Ms. Overton sustained a permanent injury or, in the alternative, that the amount of the award is excessive. Regis also contends that the trial court erred in assessing the penalty for non-payment of the temporary disability benefits. We affirm the award of permanent disability and reverse the assessment of the penalty for non-payment.


Court: TWCA


Vanessa Rae Comerford, Franklin, Tennessee, for the appellant, Travelers Indemnity Co., St. Paul Travelers

Anthony C. Maxwell, and John Milton Meadows, III, Livingston, Tennessee, for the appellee, Edith L. Staggs


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 employee, Edith Staggs, brought this action, claiming that she fell, injuring her hip, as a result of a slippery floor while working at Hardee's. Her employer's insurance company, Travelers Indemnity Co., claims that she fell as a result of a seizure. The trial court awarded benefits to Ms. Staggs, and found her to be a credible witness. Travelers Indemnity Co. appeals, arguing that the trial court ruled incorrectly when it determined that Ms. Staggs was a credible witness and that she sustained a compensable injury. We affirm the trial court's judgment.


This is a correction to a Court of Appeals opinion, originally filed on October 10, 2008.

Court: TCA


James L. Harris, Nashville, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Erica Lin.

J. Brooks Fox and Elizabeth A. Sanders, Nashville, Tennessee, for the Appellee, The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County.


Erica Lin ("Plaintiff") began working as a teacher for The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County ("Defendant") in 2002. During her employment, Plaintiff complained of actions which she believed to be discriminatory based on her race and alleged disability. Defendant sent Plaintiff a letter on April 1, 2006, informing her that her employment was being terminated effective May 26, 2006. Plaintiff eventually abandoned her race and disability discrimination claims and proceeded only on a claim for retaliatory discharge. Defendant filed a motion for summary judgment claiming the undisputed material facts established that Plaintiff was terminated for poor work performance. The Trial Court granted the motion for summary judgment, and Plaintiff appeals. We conclude that Defendant's motion for summary judgment neither negated an essential element of Plaintiff's claim nor conclusively established an affirmative defense. Therefore, we vacate the order granting Defendant's motion for summary judgment and remand for further proceedings.


Court: TCCA


J. Liddell Kirk, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Damian R. Kelly.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; John H. Bledsoe, Assistant Attorney General; Mike Flynn, District Attorney General; and Robert Headrick, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.


The Defendant, Damian R. Kelly, was convicted of one count of aggravated sexual battery, a Class B felony, and sentenced as a Range I, standard offender to ten years in the Department of Correction. On this direct appeal, he contends (1) that the trial court erred in allowing the investigating detective to testify regarding his interpretations of the Defendantís credibility based upon his physical gestures; and (2) that the trial court erred in using as a sentencing enhancement factor its finding that the Defendant committed the crime to gratify his desire for pleasure or excitement. After review, we conclude that the trial court did not commit reversible error. Accordingly, we affirm the Defendant's conviction and sentence.


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