CARRIE K. LIGHTFOOT v. XEROX BUSINESS SERVICES, ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Sep 12, 2016

Court: TN Workers Comp Appeals Board

Attorneys 1:

Arthur C. Grisham, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the employee-appellant, Carrie Lightfoot.

Attorneys 2:

Fredrick R. Baker, Cookeville, Tennessee, for the employer-appellee, Xerox Business Services.

Judge(s): DAVIDSON

The employee has appealed the trial court’s dismissal of her claim, contending that a dismissal with prejudice for failure to prosecute and failure to comply with the court’s orders was unwarranted. Following a show cause hearing, the trial court dismissed the case with prejudice after the employee and her attorney failed to appear at a hearing and failed to take actions as directed by the trial court. The primary issue on appeal is whether the trial court abused its discretion in dismissing the case with prejudice. Having carefully reviewed the record, we find no abuse of discretion, affirm the trial court’s decision, and certify the trial court’s order of dismissal as final.

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