AMERICAN TRAFFIC SOLUTIONS, INC. v. THE CITY OF KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE, ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Oct 18, 2013

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Thomas Anthony Swafford, Jack Robinson Dodson, III, and Rocklan W. King, III, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, American Traffic Solutions, Inc.

Attorneys 2:

Pamela S. Lorch, Senior Counsel, Office of the Attorney General, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellees, Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter.

Judge(s): MCCLARTY

This appeal concerns the application of a statutory amendment to a contract the plaintiff had with the city. The plaintiff claims the amendment to Tennessee Code Annotated section 55- 8-198, effective July 1, 2011, violates article I, section 20 of the Tennessee Constitution. In the alternative, the plaintiff argues that the amendment does not apply to existing contracts. The trial court concluded that the retroactive application of the amendment was not a constitutional violation. The plaintiff appeals. We affirm.