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
(901)606-4937
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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January TBJ: Our 'Pro Bono Heroes' Honored

The January issue focuses on Tennessee lawyers who have given their time to help others, our "Pro Bono Heroes," along with updates on the Tennessee Supreme Court Access to Justice initiatives, and profiles of those honored by the TBA with Public Service Awards. There is also a personal account, by Memphis lawyer Buck Lewis, of an encounter at a pro bono clinic that changed lives, plus how technology can help even more. TBA President Jason Pannu discusses the importance of the Legal Services Corporation and Legal Aid. The issue also covers comparative fault and the "get out of jail free" cards available to certain special interest groups. Read the Tennessee Bar Journal!

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