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The New Tennessee Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims

A Primer

On July 1, 2014, the Tennessee Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims was born. About a month later, the Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board opened its doors. Our courts were part of a historic change in the law: Tennessee joined 48 other states in their approach to workers’ compensation claims. Going forward, state trial courts with general jurisdiction would no longer decide workers’ compensation cases, but rather, specialized courts devoted exclusively to workers’ compensation would resolve them.

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50th Birthday: What’s in a Name?

Repeat after me: Tennessee Bar Journal. Tennessee Bar Journal. TENNESSEE BAR JOURNAL. Is this hard? Does it sound anything at all like “TBA Journal?” (Okay, yes it kind of does, but we’re going to ask you nicely to try to call this magazine by its God-given, correct name.)[1] Before that, there was Tennessee Lawyer, an eight-page newsletter that the Tennessee Bar Association published from 1952 to 1985. In its January 1965 issue some big news was reported:

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Full Court Press

With Justice — now Dean — Gary Wade on our cover this month, it seemed like a good time to add up all the times the Tennessee Bar Journal has connected to its judicial roots by reporting on the moves of the members of our Supreme Court. The Journal started out with Tennessee’s Supreme Court Justice Hamilton S. Burnett giving it his congratulations in 1965 and has included much news of the court for 50 years, as new justices have joined and left it.

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Design Patent Damages Awards Under 'Apple v. Samsung'

On May 18, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued its opinion[1] in Apple v. Samsung, which affirmed that Samsung infringed upon Apple’s design and utility patents, upholding a damages award of over half a billion dollars.[2] The design patents at issue were the design of the iPhone’s front facing, including its rounded edges and those features extending to the phone’s bezel, as well as the “ornamental design for [the iPhone’s] … display screen,” all of which the court determined Samsung’s products infringed.[3]

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Just Rewards

Honoring Excellence with Annual Awards

Columnists Bring Practice Areas to Center Stage

The 'Journal' covers these substantive areas of the law through the insightful writing of regular columnists.

Youth Courts Model Restorative Justice

  • In one courtroom, a teenage boy watches as tears fall down his mother’s face. The mom is on the stand answering questions about her son’s use of tobacco. The boy is a juvenile first offender charged with possession and use of tobacco. The mother’s tears express the pain and grief she feels that her son has taken on a habit she herself has fought so many years. When the young man takes the stand, a 16-year-old girl turns a piercing gaze on the young man. She asks the boy to look at his mother’s face, closely.
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