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Court: TCA


Keith V. Moore, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, William E. George, Inc.

James M. Simpson and Jessica A. Benton, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellee, Eric H. McPherson

W. Timothy Hayes, Jr., Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellee, John H. Roebuck & Associates, Inc.

Judge: KIRBY

This appeal involves the breach of a real estate contract. The plaintiff hired the defendant auctioneer to sell his home at auction. After the defendant corporate purchaser was the high bidder at the auction, it signed a sales contract and made a substantial down payment on the property. The down payment was retained by the auctioneer as his commission. Shortly after that, the auctioneer promised the purchaser that the purchaser's real estate agent would be paid a commission on the sale. Later, the defendant auctioneer refused to pay the purchaser's agent a commission and, consequently, the purchaser refused to close on the sale. The auctioneer retained the earnest money. The seller filed this lawsuit against the purchaser for failing to close on the sale, and against the auctioneer for breach of fiduciary duty. The purchaser filed a counterclaim against the seller and a cross-claim against the auctioneer for breach of contract. All of the parties filed cross motions for summary judgment. The trial court granted summary judgment in favor of the seller against the purchaser, but held in favor of the auctioneer against the seller. The trial court ordered the purchaser to pay damages to the seller for its breach of the sales agreement and permitted the auctioneer to retain the earnest money. The purchaser now appeals. We affirm, rejecting the purchaser's claim of fraudulent inducement, and concluding that the seller is entitled to damages pursuant to the plain language of the sales agreement.



Court: TCA


Noel H. Riley, II, Dyersburg, Tennessee, for the appellant, Charles Patterson

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter, Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General, Jennifer L. Brenner, Assistant Attorney General, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellees, Tennessee Department of Correction, et al


This appeal involves a petition for writ of certiorari filed by an inmate seeking review of his disciplinary conviction for assaulting a fellow inmate. TDOC did not oppose the issuance of the writ, and the certified record was filed with the trial court. Upon review of the record, the trial court denied the petition, and we affirm.


BOBBY GERALD RILEY, and Wife, TANYA RILEY, Individually and as next of kin for HUNTER RILEY v. JAMES ORR

Court: TCA


William Ritchie Pigue and Matthew C. Pietsch, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, James Orr

Walter W. Bussart and Lee Bussart Bowles, Lewisburg, Tennessee, for the appellees, Bobby Gerald Riley, Tanya Riley, and Hunter Riley

Judge: KIRBY

This is an appeal of a jury verdict. The plaintiff was hunting with his son. The defendant was also hunting in the general area, and accidentally shot the plaintiff. The plaintiff filed a lawsuit against the defendant for negligence, and included a claim for negligent infliction of emotional distress on behalf of his son. The parties stipulated as to the defendant's liability, and a jury trial was held on the issue of damages. The jury instructions included instructions on the plaintiff father's mental pain and suffering and the son's emotional injury, but did not separately address the plaintiff father's emotional injury. After deliberating, the jury returned a verdict awarding damages to the plaintiff father as well as an award for the son's emotional injury. The trial court denied the defendant's motion for a new trial and approved the verdict. The defendant now appeals. On appeal, the defendant challenges the sufficiency of the evidence supporting the verdict on several elements of damages, and argues that the inconsistency in the jury instructions on emotional injury necessitates a new trial. We affirm in part, vacate in part, suggest remittitur as to the award for future medical expenses, and remand for further proceedings.



Court: TCA


Robert F. Uhlmann, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Royal Furniture Company

Robert L. J. Spence, Jr., Bryan M. Meredith, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellee, Studsvik Logistics, LLC


This appeal involves a judgment creditor's attempt to enforce a Mississippi default judgment in the general sessions court of Shelby County. The trial court concluded that the general sessions court lacked jurisdiction to enforce the judgment, and it set aside a conditional judgment entered by the general sessions court based on the Mississippi judgment. The judgment creditor appeals. We affirm.



Court: TCCA


Michael G. Hatmaker, Jacksboro, Tennessee, attorney for appellant, Larry Gene Lay, aka Big Ike.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Rachel West Harmon, Assistant Attorney General; William Paul Phillips, District Attorney General; and Michael Ripley, Senior Assistant District Attorney General, attorneys for appellee, State of Tennessee.


The Defendant, Larry Gene Lay, aka Big Ike, appeals as of right from the Campbell County Criminal Court's revocation of his community corrections sentences and order of incarceration. He contends that the trial court's revocation is erroneous and based upon insufficient proof. Following our review, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.



Court: TCCA


Timothy Clayton Thompson, Whiteville, Tennessee, Pro Se.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Melissa Roberge, Assistant Attorney General; Randall E. Nichols, District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: OGLE

Petitioner Timothy Clayton Thompson pled guilty to one count of especially aggravated kidnapping and one count of aggravated rape. This court affirmed his conviction and Petitioner did not request supreme court review. Five years later, Petitioner filed this petition for post-conviction relief, seeking a delayed direct appeal and collaterally attacking his conviction. The post-conviction court concluded the petition was filed outside the limitations period and dismissed it without a hearing. Upon review, we conclude Petitioner is entitled to an evidentiary hearing to determine whether due process concerns toll the statute of limitations. We therefore reverse the post-conviction court's judgment and remand for appointment of counsel and for an evidentiary hearing consistent with this opinion.


Ordinance Imposing Fine Greater Than $50.00 on Large Motor Vehicles in Residential Areas

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2010-04-19

Opinion Number: 10-53


Coverage of Abortion Services

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2010-04-19

Opinion Number: 10-54



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