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Darryl F. Bryant, Sr. v. Darryl F. Bryant, Jr.
Date: April 19, 2017
Docket Number: M2014-02379-SC-R11-CV
Kilburn v. Granite State Insurance Co.  
Date: April 10, 2017
Docket Number: M2015-01782-SC-R3-WC

Justia Opinion Summary: Charles Kilburn was injured in a motor vehicle accident and underwent surgery to resolve his neck injury complaints. Charles took oxycodone to alleviate his back pain. Several months after his surgery, Charles died due t...

State of Tennessee v. James Robert Christensen, Jr.
Date: April 7, 2017
Docket Number: W2014-00931-SC-R11-CD
Jenkins v. Big City Remodeling  
Date: April 5, 2017
Docket Number: E2014-01612-SC-R11-CV

Justia Opinion Summary: When homeowners’ partially completed house and its contents were destroyed by fire, the homeowners sued the general contractor and the flooring subcontractors for damages, alleging that the fire was caused by the neglige...

State v. Tuttle  
Date: April 5, 2017
Docket Number: M2014-00566-SC-R11-CD

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the Supreme Court overruled State v. Jacumin, in which the Court rejected a totality-of-the circumstances analysis for determining whether an affidavit establishes probable cause and instead adopted another...

Moore-Pennoyer v. State  
Date: March 28, 2017
Docket Number: E2015-01701-SC-R11-CV

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff was the secretarial assistant of Circuit Judge Harold Wimberly when Judge Wimberly lost the contested general election to William Ailor. Ailor informed Plaintiff that he would not require her services after tak...

West v. Schofield  
Date: March 28, 2017
Docket Number: M2015-01952-SC-RDM-CV

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs Stephen Michael West and Derrick D. Schofield were each convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. Plaintiffs bought a declaratory judgment action seeking a declaration that the written protocol...

Reginald Dion Hughes v. Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole (Dissent)
Date: March 23, 2017
Docket Number: M2015-00722-SC-R11-CV
Aragon v. Aragon  
Date: March 16, 2017
Docket Number: M2014-02292-SC-R11-CV

Justia Opinion Summary: The trial court entered a divorce decree between Mother and Father that incorporated an agreed parenting plan that did not designate a primary residential parent. After the divorce, Father spent the majority of the resid...

Hardy v. Tournament Players Club at Southwind, Inc.  
Date: March 8, 2017
Docket Number: W2014-02286-SC-R11-CV

Justia Opinion Summary: Employee asserted a private right of action against Employer under the Tennessee Tip Statute, Tenn. Code Ann. 50-2-107, for Employer’s failure properly to pay tips, gratuities, and service charges. The trial court grante...

Emory v. Memphis City Schools Board of Education  
Date: January 13, 2017
Docket Number: W2014-01293-SC-R11-CV

Justia Opinion Summary: Rogelynn Emory, a full-time tenured teacher in the Memphis City School System, was terminated after the Memphis City Schools Board of Education concluded after a hearing that there was ample evidence of Emory’s unsatisfa...

Brennan v. Tennessee Board of Parole  
Date: January 10, 2017
Docket Number: M2014-01591-SC-R11-CV

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, Appellant pleaded guilty to attempted rape of a child. That same year, Appellant began serving his sentence. On March 26, 2013, a Tennessee Board of Parole hearing officer conducted a parole hearing for Appellan...

State v. Pruitt  
Date: December 30, 2016
Docket Number: M2013-02393-SC-R11-CD

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was indicted for, inter alia, two counts of first degree premeditated murder. The trial court denied Defendant’s motion to suppress evidence seized from his residence, ruling that the Exclusionary Rule Reform A...

State v. Flowers  
Date: December 30, 2016
Docket Number: M2014-01744-SC-R11-CD

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of stalking. The conviction was based, in part, on Defendant’s act of posting disparaging signs about the victim on the victim’s private property and on the property of the victim's employer, the...

Wallis v. Brainerd Baptist Church  
Date: December 22, 2016
Docket Number: E2015-01827-SC-R11-CV

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff’s husband collapsed and died after participating in an exercise class at a fitness facility owned and operated by Church. Plaintiff filed a wrongful death action against Church alleging that Church negligently...

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