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STATE OF TENNESSEE v. KEVIN SWIFT

Court: TSC

Attorneys:

Nathan A. Bicks and C. Farris DeBoard, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Kevin Swift.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General; and J. Ross Dyer, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellee, the State of Tennessee.

Judge: HOLDER

We granted appeal in this case to clarify whether the location of the use of violence or fear is relevant in distinguishing theft from robbery. We hold that the temporal proximity between the taking of property and the use of violence or fear is the sole relevant factor. Applying this analysis to the facts of this case, we conclude that the evidence is insufficient to support the defendant's conviction for aggravated robbery and therefore reverse the judgment of the Court of Criminal Appeals. The evidence, however, supports a conviction for the lesser included offense of aggravated assault. We therefore vacate the defendant's conviction for aggravated robbery, modify the conviction to aggravated assault, and remand this case to the trial court to conduct a new sentencing hearing.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TSC/2010/swiftk_032510.pdf


EDUARDO SANTANDER, Plaintiff-Appellee, AMERICAN HOME ASSURANCE CO., Intervenor-Appellant, v. OSCAR R. LOPEZ, Defendant

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

David M. Rich, Nashville, Tennessee, for Plaintiff-Appellant, American Home Assurance Company.

R. Steven Waldron, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, for the Plaintiff-Appellee, Eduardo Santander.

Judge: FRANKS

Plaintiff was involved in a motor vehicle accident during the course and scope of his employment. Plaintiff brought a tort action against the driver of the other vehicle, and subsequently entered into a settlement with his employer and the workers' compensation carrier. Plaintiff then reached a settlement in the tort case, but before Judgment was entered his employer filed a Petition to Intervene in that case, asserting a subrogation lien on the tort recovery. The Trial Judge refused to allow intervention on the grounds that the Petition to Intervene was not timely filed. On appeal, we reverse and remand.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2010/santandere_032510.pdf


LUTHER THOMAS SMITH v. LESLIE NEWMAN, COMMISSIONER, TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND INSURANCE

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

John C. Lyell, II, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Luther Thomas Smith.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter, Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General, Laura T. Kidwell, Senior Counsel, and Sarah A. Hiestand, Senior Counsel, for the appellee, Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance.

Judge: DINKINS

Insurance producer, licensed in Tennessee, sold high-value life insurance policies on behalf of an insurance company and, through a premium financing company he controlled, loaned the amount of the first-year premiums on those policies to his policyholders; insurance company paid insurance producer a commission of at least 105% of the first-year premium on the policies he sold. The Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance found that insurance producer was rebating premiums and was engaging in dishonest practices in violation of applicable statutes; insurance producer's license was revoked and he was assessed a fine of $30,000.00. Insurance producer sought judicial review and the trial court affirmed the Commissioner's decision. Finding that the trial court properly applied the standard for reviewing the Commissioner's decision and that the revocation and fine are supported by the evidence, the judgment is affirmed.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2010/smithl_032510.pdf


CONSTRUCTION CRANE AND TRACTOR, INC. v. WIRTGEN AMERICA, INC.

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Charles W. Cook, III, Nashville, Tennessee, Jeffrey C. Smith and Emily C. Taube, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Construction Crane and Tractor, Inc.

Todd E. Panther, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Wirtgen America, Inc.

Judge: DINKINS

Distributor of road construction equipment sought an injunction and declaratory judgment against the manufacturer of such equipment following the manufacturer's termination of its sales and service agreement with the distributor without cause in accordance with the terms of the agreement. Distributor asserted that such termination violated the Tennessee Dealer Protection Act, Tenn. Code Ann. section 47-25-1301 et seq. The trial court found that the statutory provision prohibiting manufacturers from terminating a dealer's relationship with the manufacturer without cause was inapplicable to the parties because the operative agreement between the parties pre-dated the 1999 amendments to the Tennessee Dealer Protection Act prohibiting such terminations. Distributor appeals. Finding no error, we affirm.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2010/wirtgenamerica_032510.pdf


KENNETH L. ANDERSON v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Danny H. Goodman, Jr., Tiptonville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Kenneth L. Anderson.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; David H. Findley, Assistant Attorney General; and C. Phillip Bivens, District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: GLENN

The petitioner, Kenneth L. Anderson, appeals the denial of his petition for post- conviction relief, arguing that he received the ineffective assistance of elbow counsel. After review, we affirm the post-conviction court's denial of post-conviction relief.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2010/andersonk_032510.pdf


Requiring Local Education Agencies to Pay Portion of Health Insurance Costs from BEP Funds

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2010-03-25

Opinion Number: 10-36

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/AG/2010/ag_10_36.pdf

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Some states reworking disclosure laws after court ruling
Tennessee is among the states considering new disclosure laws in reaction to the Supreme Court's landmark ruling earlier this year that loosened restrictions on corporate and union spending in elections. The 5 to 4 ruling explicitly acknowledged that corporations could be required to disclose their spending on political ads and to take responsibility for approving them, much like politicians must do.
Read more in the Washington Post
Palin won't have to produce e-mail account details
U.S. Magistrate Judge Clifford Shirley has turned aside nearly all of the requests by Knoxville lawyer Wade Davies, who was asking that Sarah Palin produce documents relative to her private e-mail account. Davies' client, David Kernell, is charged with illegally accessing the account. Davies wanted to know more about that e-mail account, including how it was used, who had access to it and whether it was ever cited in reference to public records requests. But under Shirley's order, Palin only will have to produce records showing when she opened and later closed the account at issue. Palin is expected to testify in the case, set for trial April 20.
The News Sentinel has the details
Judge: CIA does not have to release 9/11 detainee info
A federal judge has denied -- again -- efforts by the American Civil Liberties Union to force the CIA to release names and documents relating to Sept. 11 detainees who were interrogated harshly. Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein listened to lawyers for the ACLU and the government for more than an hour yesterday before announcing he had not changed his mind and would issue a written ruling later. CIA Director Leon Panetta had told the judge in court papers that releasing documents about the agency's terror interrogations would gravely damage national security.
The First Amendment Center carried this AP story
Dismissals of gay service members to be more difficult
The military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy is still the law, but now the Pentagon has made it more difficult for the military to dismiss gay service members, announcing changes for investigations and expulsions.
National Public Radio reports
Politics
Mumpower says he will not seek reelection
State Rep. Jason Mumpower announced today he won't run for reelection. Having served in the legislature for nearly a third of his life, Mumpower said he wants to take the opportunity to "start a new phase of his life" before he turns 40. Mumpower broke the news to members of the House Republican Caucus this morning and then made it official on the House floor.
NashvillePost.com reports
Stay tuned for Gibbons' announcement
Shelby County District Attorney Bill Gibbons has scheduled news conferences Friday in Nashville and Memphis for a "significant update on the status of his gubernatorial campaign." Neither his campaign office nor the prosecutor's office would comment when asked whether he is withdrawing from the four-man Republican gubernatorial primary.
The Commercial Appeal has the story
Career Opportunities
IP seeks commercial litigator
International Paper Company, located in Memphis, is seeking a commercial litigator. Responsibilities include handling business, commercial and personal injury litigation; working with outside counsel; drafting and filing motions; reviewing paralegal work product; and keeping management apprised of legal trends. Six to 8 years of general commercial litigation experience is required and trial experience is a plus. To apply, contact Ann Morgan at (901) 419-7257 or ann.morgan@ipaper.com.
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Film shows civil rights movement through its music
As Nashville celebrates the 50th anniversary of civil rights sit-ins in the city, the Belcourt Theater is presenting the film, "Soundtrack for a Revolution," which tells the story of the American civil rights movement through its powerful music -- the freedom songs protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, in paddy wagons, and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality. The film features new performances of the freedom songs by top artists; archival footage; and interviews with civil rights foot soldiers and leaders, including Congressman John Lewis, Harry Belafonte, Julian Bond, and Ambassador Andrew Young. There are two showings only, on Sunday, April 25 at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. at the Belcourt.
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