Litigation Section

This section provides the trial attorney with information on the most recent trends in trial techniques through annual seminars and its newsletter. The section currently produces a quarterly case update to the members of the section.

Immediate Past Chair
Beck Owen & Murray
100 S Hill St Ste 600
Griffin, GA 30223-3415
(865)522-2717
Chair
Gullett, Sanford, Robinson, &...
150 Third Ave So, Ste 1700
Nashville, TN 37201
(615)244-4994
Vice-Chair
Woolf, McClane, Bright, Allen...
900 S. Gay Street, Suite 900
Knoxville, TN 37902-1848
(865)215-1000
Staff Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219
(615)383-7421

Judge Orders TVA Contractor Negotiate with Sickened Kingston Coal Ash Spill Workers

A federal judge is ordering a TVA contractor accused in the nation’s first and largest case of mass poisoning by coal ash to sit down at the bargaining table with sickened workers, Knoxnews reports. Chief U.S. District Judge Tom Varlan on Friday ordered Jacobs Engineering into mediation in a toxic tort lawsuit filed on behalf of the hundreds of blue-collar laborers who were sickened — some fatally — after unprotected long-term exposure to the 7.3 million tons of coal ash that spilled from a dike at the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant in Roane County a decade ago. Jacobs was the firm placed in charge of the clean up process by TVA.
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6th Circuit Panel Strikes Down Tennessee's Punitive Damage Cap

A 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled in a recent decision that a 2011 Tennessee law that caps punitive monetary damages in civil lawsuits is unconstitutional, The Times Free Press reports. The ruling strikes at a provision in the 2011 Tennessee Civil Justice Act, which sharply curtailed monetary damages, including punitive damages. A spokesperson for the Tennessee Attorney General's office said the state is reviewing whether to appeal or not.
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