Tort and Insurance Law Section

This section provides a venue for attorneys to share views and to develop relationships with colleagues in this area of practice. The section offers CLE on issues impacting both tort and insurance law and sends out case updates to its members.

Immediate Past Chair
Parke Morris & Associates
25 Dr. M.L. King, Jr, Ave # 208
Memphis, TN 38103
(901)244-5007
Chair
Bobby Leatherman, Attorney
P.O. Box 11838
Memphis, TN 38111-0838

Tennessee AG Sues Endo Pharmaceuticals for Role in Opioid Crisis

Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III today sued Endo Pharmaceuticals and Endo Health Solutions Inc. for making unlawful and false claims about the safety and benefits of its opioid products. The state’s lawsuit, filed in Knoxville, alleges Endo violated the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act and contributed to a devastating public health crisis in Tennessee. The allegations in the 180-page complaint detail how Endo deceptively marketed its opioid products as being less addictive and more effective than others on the market. The complaint alleges that Endo also knew the dangers of its opioid products and failed to clearly disclose those risks.
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Tennessee Nursing Home Chain Ordered to Pay $1.8 Million Regarding Resident's Brain Injury

Chattanooga-based nursing home conglomerate Grace Healthcare Support Services has been ordered to pay the family of a woman who suffered a brain injury in one of its homes after an employee rolled the patient out of a bed, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. The fall happened in the Grace Healthcare facility in Tucker, Georgia, when only one employee attempted to change the bedsheets of the resident, Christine Mitchell, despite a policy requiring two employees when changing the linens on the facility’s rail-less beds. Mitchell died just one month after the incident. A jury in the case did not find the nursing home responsible for her death; however, it ultimately held the provider responsible for pain and suffering throughout Mitchell's final days and awarded the family $1.8 million. The Grace Healthcare facility in Tucker currently holds one-star ratings in every category on Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare list, which is the lowest designation possible.

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