Leadership Law class tackles issues in the judiciary

The Tennessee Bar Association's Leadership Law class is in Knoxville today and Thursday for its Issues in the Courts program. The class will meet with members of the state Supreme Court, take part in several educational programs and assist in a public service project at the Wesley House. Producers for the program are Knoxville attorneys Nathan Rowell, Pam Reeves and Jason Long, Chattanooga attorney Chris Varner and Nashville attorney John Tarpley.
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Court: TCA


William E. Friedman, Memphis, Tennessee, for the Plaintiff/Appellant, Barry I. Chook.

Forrest R. Jenkins, Germantown, Tennessee, for the Defendant/Appellees, Tashawn N. Pirela Jones and Kenneth Jones.

Darryl D. Gresham and Harry W. Lebair, IV, Memphis, Tennessee for the unnamed Appellee, GEICO Indemnity Company.

Judge: KIRBY

This is an appeal of a discovery matter. The plaintiff was involved in a motor vehicle accident with the defendants. One year and one day after the accident, the plaintiff filed a lawsuit asserting negligence. The complaint sought money damages for damage to property and personal injury. The defendants filed a motion to dismiss based on the statute of limitations. The plaintiff sought extensive discovery of the defendants' personal records. The trial court denied the plaintiff's motion to compel discovery and granted the defendants' motion to dismiss. The plaintiff now appeals. We find that the order from which the plaintiff appeals is not a final judgment. Accordingly, we dismiss the appeal.



Court: TCA


Douglas R. Pierce and Drew Farmer, Nashville, Tennessee, for the Defendant/Appellant, Maury County, Tennessee.

L. Bruce Peden, Columbia, Tennessee, for the Plaintiff/Appellees, Wendell Harris and A.C. Howell.

Judge: KIRBY

This appeal involves a change in county retirement benefit plans. The county had to adopt a new retirement plan for its employees. The administrator of the new retirement plan conducted an actuarial study to determine the county's cost to join. The cost for the new plan did not credit employees' years of employment as favorably as the old plan, but had more favorable benefits in other respects. By resolution, the county legislative body appropriated the funds to cover the cost for the new plan determined by the actuarial study. Thereafter, county employees sued the county based on the wording of the resolution, alleging that the county had breached an agreement with them. The trial court found that the resolution created an enforceable contract between the county and the class of plaintiff employees and awarded judgment to the employees. The county appeals. We reverse, finding that the class of plaintiff employees did not rebut the presumption that legislation does not create contractual rights.



Court: TCCA


Albert J. Newman, Jr., Knoxville, Tennessee, the appellant, Chad Howard Brooks.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Clarence E. Lutz, Assistant Attorney General; Randall E. Nichols, District Attorney General; Leon Franks, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, the State of Tennessee.


Petitioner, Chad Howard Brooks, appeals the post-conviction court's dismissal of his post-conviction petition without an evidentiary hearing. After a thorough review we affirm the judgment of the post- conviction court.


Establishment of New Specialty Earmarked License Plate Recognizing Catholic Charities

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2010-03-17

Opinion Number: 10-34



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