CHRISTOPHER DYLAN THOMPSON v. BEST BUY STORES, L.P. - Articles

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Posted by: Landry Butler on Nov 28, 2016

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Kent T. Jones, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the appellant, Christopher Dylan Thompson.

Attorneys 2:

K. Stephen Powers and Travis B. Holly, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the appellee, Best Buy Stores, L.P.

Judge(s): SUSANO

Plaintiff Christopher Dylan Thompson ingested several doses of a liquid form of a drug, which he says was estazolam, before reporting to work for his employer, defendant Best Buy Stores, L.P. At work, he appeared tired and slow, and a manager told him to clock out and end his shift early. On his way home, plaintiff was involved in a car accident. He brought this negligent entrustment action, alleging that defendant breached a duty by not stopping him from leaving his place of employment in his own vehicle. The trial court granted defendant summary judgment, holding defendant “had no duty to prevent [plaintiff] from leaving the premises driving his own vehicle,” and relying on Lett v. Collis Foods, Inc., 60 S.W.3d 95 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2001), a factually similar case decided by this Court. We affirm.

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