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Church Of God In Christ, Inc., Et Al. v. L. M. Haley Ministries, Inc., Et Al. (Concurring)
Date: September 21, 2017
Docket Number: W2015-00509-SC-R11-CV
Church Of God In Christ, Inc., Et Al. v. L. M. Haley Ministries, Inc., Et Al.
Date: September 21, 2017
Docket Number: W2015-00509-SC-R11-CV
William Thomas McFarland v. Michael S. Pemberton, et al. (Dissenting)
Date: September 20, 2017
Docket Number: E2014-02176-SC-R11-CV
William Thomas McFarland v. Michael S. Pemberton, Et Al.
Date: September 20, 2017
Docket Number: E2014-02176-SC-R11-CV
Jeanie Holsclaw v. Ivy Hall Nursing Home, Inc. (Dissenting)
Date: September 19, 2017
Docket Number: E2016-02178-SC-T10B-CV
Jeanie Holsclaw v. Ivy Hall Nursing Home, Inc.
Date: September 19, 2017
Docket Number: E2016-02178-SC-T10B-CV
Tennessee Department of Correction v. Pressley  
Date: September 14, 2017
Docket Number: M2015-00902-SC-R11-CV

Justia Opinion Summary: A “preferred service” state employee does not have a protected property interest in his or her employment, and the State did not bear the ultimate burden of proof in a post-termination administrative appeal under section...

Beard v. Branson  
Date: August 30, 2017
Docket Number: M2014-01770-SC-R11-CV

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was whether a surviving spouse who files a wrongful death lawsuit was acting as a legal representative of the decedent and whether a wrongful death lawsuit filed pro se by the surviving spouse was void ab initio...

State v. Itzol-Deleon  
Date: August 25, 2017
Docket Number: M2014-02380-SC-R11-CD

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the Supreme Court expressly overruled its decision in State v. Barney, 986 S.W.2d 545 (Tenn. 1999), and held that double jeopardy principles apply when determining whether multiple convictions of sexual off...

Ray v. Madison County  
Date: August 16, 2017
Docket Number: M2016-01577-SC-R23-CV

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court accepted certification of questions of law from a federal district court and answered (1) for split confinement sentences, Tennessee trial judges are authorized to fix a percentage the defendant must se...

In Re: Paul Julius Walwyn, BPR #18263
Date: August 4, 2017
Docket Number: M2016-01507-SC-BAR-BP
Bray v. Khuri  
Date: July 5, 2017
Docket Number: W2015-00397-SC-R11-CV

Justia Opinion Summary: A potential plaintiff who provides pre-suit notice to one potential defendant is not required under Tenn. Code Ann. 29-26-121(a)(2)(E) to provide the single potential defendant with a HIPAA-compliant medical authorizatio...

State v. Stephens  
Date: June 16, 2017
Docket Number: E2014-02514-SC-R11-CD

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of aggravated stalking. The Court of Criminal Appeals reduced Defendant’s conviction from aggravated stalking to misdemeanor stalking on the basis of insufficient evidence. Spe...

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