Sotomayor: 'fidelity to the law' is her guide

In the first day of her confirmation hearing to the Supreme Court, Judge Sonia Sotomayor described her judicial philosophy in four words: "fidelity to the law." Some senators have said Sotomayor compromises her impartiality as a judge by relying too heavily on her personal background. Sotomayor said to them, "My personal and professional experiences help me listen and understand, with the law always commanding the result in every case." National Public Radio has photos and transcripts of the opening statements. connects you to more

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Richard C. Mangelsdorf, Jr., Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Jeld-Wen, Inc.

Donald P. Zuccarello, Nina H. Parsley, and Marshall H. McClarnon, Nashville, Tennessee, for appellee, Marvin L. Clark.


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 ordered Employer to provide pain management treatment to Employee. Employer has appealed, contending that the proposed treatment was made necessary by a pre-existing condition, an independent intervening cause, or both, rather than Employee's work injury. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.


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Thomas W. Tucker, III, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellants, Calsonic Kansei North America, Inc., and Travelers Indemnity Company.

Donald D. Zuccarello and Nina H. Parsley, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Janie Vincent.


This workers' compensation appeal has been referred to the Special Workers Compensation Appeals Panel in accordance with Tennessee Code Annotated section 50-6-225(e)(3) for hearing and reporting to the Supreme Court of findings of fact and conclusions of law. The trial court held that Employee suffered a compensable injury to her left shoulder; that she did not make a meaningful return to work and the statutory cap therefore did not apply; and awarded her benefits based upon a vocational disability of 35% to the body as a whole. Employer and its insurance company appealed. Upon our review of the record, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.


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