RONNIE GORDON V. TRACTOR SUPPLY COMPANY - Articles

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Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Jun 9, 2016

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Cyrus L. Booker, Brentwood, Tennessee, and Quenton I. White, Nashville, Tennessee for the appellant, Ronnie Gordon.

Attorneys 2:

Mark A. Baugh, Caldwell G. Collins, and Michael T. Schmitt, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Tractor Supply Company.

Judge(s): CLEMENT

Plaintiff appeals the summary dismissal of his claims for malicious prosecution, false imprisonment, and negligent supervision. Plaintiff was arrested and subsequently indicted for two criminal offenses based on statements given to police by two of Defendant's employees at the Tractor Supply Company store in Lenoir City, Tennessee. When the criminal case went to trial, one of the charges was dismissed on the day of trial, and the jury found the defendant not guilty of the other charge. Thereafter, Plaintiff commenced this action asserting several claims. Following discovery, Defendant filed a motion to summarily dismiss all claims. The trial court granted the motion as to three of the claims: malicious prosecution, false imprisonment, and negligent supervision. The plaintiff appealed. We affirm the dismissal of the false imprisonment claim. As for the claims for malicious prosecution and negligent supervision, we have determined that material facts are disputed. Therefore, we reverse the dismissal of the claims for malicious prosecution and negligent supervision and remand for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.