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Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Feb 10, 2016

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Larry Parrish, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, William Goetz.

Attorneys 2:

J. Lewis Wardlaw, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellees, Donel Autin and Dana Autin.

Judge(s): GOLDIN

This is an appeal from the trial court‘s grant of a Tennessee Rule of Civil Procedure 12.02(6) motion to dismiss. In the proceedings below, the plaintiff filed an amended complaint alleging that false and defamatory statements made about him by the defendants, along with the defendants‘ subsequent lawsuit against him, caused him to suffer severe physical and emotional distress and incur $150,000 in attorney‘s fees. The trial court dismissed the amended complaint after determining that it fails to state a claim upon which relief could be granted. Having reviewed the amended complaint and thoroughly considered the arguments raised on appeal, we affirm.