BETTY SAINT ROGERS v. LOUISVILLE LAND COMPANY ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Apr 19, 2012

Court: TN Supreme Court

Attorneys 1:

James F. Logan, Jr., Cleveland, Tennessee, for the appellant, Betty Saint Rogers.

Attorneys 2:

David F. Hensley, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the appellees, Louisville Land Company and Joe V. Williams, III.

Judge(s): LEE

In this appeal, the defendants seek a review of the trial court’s decision to award the plaintiff compensatory and punitive damages based on the tort of intentional infliction of emotional distress arising out of inadequate maintenance of the cemetery where the plaintiff’s son was buried. To recover damages for intentional infliction of emotional distress, a plaintiff must prove that the defendant’s conduct was either intentional or reckless, was so outrageous that it is not tolerated by civilized society, and caused a serious mental injury to the plaintiff. The primary question presented is whether the plaintiff in this action proved the requisite serious mental injury to support the trial court’s award of compensatory and punitive damages. We hold that the plaintiff’s proof was deficient. The judgment of the Court of Appeals is affirmed.

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