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Posted by: Landry Butler on Sep 19, 2017

Head Comment: With dissenting opinion by PAGE

Court: TN Supreme Court

Attorneys 1:

Robert Bates and Tony Seaton, Johnson City, Tennessee, for the appellant, Jeanie Holsclaw.

Attorneys 2:

Steven H. Trent and Mark A. Fulks, Johnson City, Tennessee, for the appellee, Ivy Hall Nursing Home, Inc.

Judge(s): PER CURIAM

This case is on appeal from a trial court judge’s decision not to recuse herself based on a telephone call to a university department director concerning a potential expert witness’ qualifications. Upon the trial court’s denial of the defendant’s motion for recusal of the trial court judge, the defendant filed an accelerated interlocutory appeal in the Court of Appeals pursuant to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 10B, section 2. The Court of Appeals reversed the trial court’s decision, holding that recusal of the trial judge was necessary. We granted the plaintiff’s accelerated application for permission to appeal to this Court. Having thoroughly reviewed the filings of both parties and the applicable law, we conclude that the trial court’s denial of the motion to recuse was appropriate in this case. Therefore, we reverse the decision of the Court of Appeals.