ROY W. KEITH v. MICHAEL J. JACKSON, SR., AND NATA M. JACKSON - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Feb 22, 2013

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1: Garrett P. Swartwood, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellants, Michael J. Jackson, Sr., and Nata M. Jackson.

Attorneys 2:

Mark S. Dessauer, Kingsport, Tennessee, for the appellee, Roy W. Keith.

Judge(s): SWINEY

This appeal arises from a dispute concerning a contract for employment. Roy W. Keith (“Keith”) sued Michael J. Jackson, Sr. and Nata M. Jackson (“the Jacksons”) 1 in the Circuit Court for Greene County (“the Trial Court”), alleging that he was not paid separation payments due to him under an employment agreement. The Jacksons answered the complaint, arguing essentially that Keith waived these payments when he accepted a job in the new corporation. Keith filed a motion for summary judgment, which the Trial Court granted. The Jacksons appeal to this Court. We hold that the Trial Court erred in granting summary judgment as there remained a material controversy regarding whether Keith waived his right to payment under the employment agreement. We vacate the judgment of the Trial Court.

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