TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Suzanne Craig Robertson on Oct 2, 2014

A recent Tennessee Supreme Court opinion holds that an order granting or denying a motion for summary judgment must contain a statement of the legal grounds on which the decision is based and that the statement contained in the order must be the product of the trial court’s own, independent analysis and judgment. The case, Mary C. Smith v. UHS of Lakeside Inc., also provides some significant standards for compliance with this Rule 56.04 “statement-of-legal-grounds” requirement. In the new October Tennessee Bar Journal, Andrée Sophia Blumstein explains.