CHRISTOPHER FURLOUGH v. SPHERION ATLANTIC WORKFORCE, LLC - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Feb 22, 2013

Court: TN Supreme Court

Attorneys 1:

Todd I. Heird, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Spherion Atlantic Workforce, LLC.

Attorneys 2:

Michael Anthony Walker, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Christopher Furlough.

Judge(s): CLARK

We accepted review of this appeal to determine whether, when a workers’ compensation settlement involving an employee represented by counsel is approved by the Department of Labor and the SD-1 form is submitted contemporaneously with the settlement agreement, a court may set the settlement aside as non-final based on the court’s determination that the SD-1 form was not “fully completed.” We hold that when the Department of Labor approves a settlement, it implicitly approves the accompanying SD-1 form, and a court has no authority to set the settlement aside based on its independent finding that the SD-1 form was not “fully completed.” We therefore reverse the judgments of the Panel and of the trial court and dismiss the employee’s petition.

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