TBA Convention opens with record numbers

Tennessee lawyers from across the state began gathering in Memphis today for the Annual TBA Convention. With some 400 lawyers registered in advance, it promises to be the largest event in recent history. Kicking off activities today was a joint education session with the Tennessee Judicial Conference, followed by an address from former University of Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer. In his speech, Fulmer reflected on TBA President Buck Lewis' theme for the year -- Leaving a Proud and Enduring Legacy -- with his own thoughts about building a legacy.

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CORRECTION: On pages 1 and 9 Steve Bailey has been removed as a party

Court: TSC


John T. Milburn Rogers, Greeneville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Brandon T. Bean.

Thomas L. Kilday and Thomas J. Garland, Jr., Greeneville, Tennessee, for the appellees, Terri Lynn Lemons and Thomas N. Sturgill.


In this extraordinary appeal pursuant to Rule 10 of the Tennessee Rules of Appellate Procedure, the plaintiff asserts that the trial court erred in denying the plaintiff's recusal motion. We conclude that the trial court erred by considering the opinion of a third party in violation of Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 10, Canon 3(B)(7) and applying an erroneous standard in evaluating the motion for recusal. Further, we conclude that a person of ordinary prudence in the judge's position would find that the contentious history between the judge and the plaintiff's counsel provides a reasonable basis for questioning the ability of the trial court to be fair and impartial. We reverse the decision of the trial court and remand for proceedings consistent with this opinion.



Court: TWCA


E. Patrick Lancaster, Olive Branch, Mississippi, for the appellant, Roberts Petroleum Company, Inc.

Jeffrey A. Garrety and Michael J. Cash, Jackson, Tennessee, for the appellee, Terry Wayne Bynum.Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General & Reporter; Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General; Diane Dycus, Deputy Attorney General and Juan G. Villasenor, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellee, the Second Injury Fund.


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. Employee suffered a significant work-related injury to his left Shoulder. An attempt to repair the injury by surgery failed. Employee had sustained a previous injury to his right shoulder. After the left shoulder injury occurred, he reported symptoms of bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome. The trial court found him to be permanently and totally disabled. It determined that his earlier injury had caused a disability of 15% to the body as a whole. On that basis, it assigned 85% of the liability for the present injury to Employer and 15% to the Second Injury Fund. Employer has appealed, arguing that the trial court erred by finding that Employee was permanently and totally disabled. Employer and the Second Injury Fund also contend that the trial court erred in its method of apportioning the award. We affirm the finding of permanent and total disability. We agree that the method used to apportion the award was incorrect and remand the case for additional proceedings on that issue.



Court: TCA


Will Myers, Nunnelly, TN, pro se

Brian Casper, Nashville, TN, for Appellee


In this appeal, we are asked to determine whether the trial court erred in dismissing Mr. Myers' suit against Hidden Valley, finding that Hidden Valley had substantially complied with the requirements of Tennessee Code Annotated section 48-57-201. We affirm the decision of the trial court and award attorney fees to Hidden Valley.


Constitutionality of Section 2 of Amendment No. 1 to SB 2133 Limiting Applicability to School District Population

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2009-06-17

Opinion Number: 09-122



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