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Grogan v. Uggla  
Date: November 21, 2017
Docket Number: M2014-01961-SC-R11-CV

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was whether a home inspector owes a duty of reasonable care to a homeowner’s guest. Plaintiff was injured when he fell from a second story deck that had not been properly constructed but had recently been insp...

Charles Grogan v. Daniel Uggla, Et Al. (Dissenting)
Date: November 21, 2017
Docket Number: M2014-01961-SC-R11-CV
State v. Perrier  
Date: November 21, 2017
Docket Number: W2015-01642-SC-R11-CD

Justia Opinion Summary: The legislature intended the phrase “not engaged in unlawful activity” in the self-defense statute, Tenn. Code Ann. 39-11-611, to be a condition of the statutory privilege not to retreat when confronted with unlawful for...

State v. Clayton  
Date: November 20, 2017
Docket Number: W2015-00158-SC-DDT-DD

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions and sentences, as merged by the Court of Criminal Appeals. Defendant was convicted of three counts of first degree murder, one count of attempted first degree murder, an...

State of Tennessee v. Sedrick Clayton (Concurring)
Date: November 20, 2017
Docket Number: W2015-00158-SC-DDT-DD
Dedmon v. Steelman  
Date: November 17, 2017
Docket Number: W2015-01462-SC-R11-CV

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court’s decision in West v. Shelby County Healthcare Corp., 459 S.W.3d 33 (Tenn. 2014), holding that “reasonable charges” for medical services under Tennessee’s Hospital Lien Act are the discounted amounts a...

State of Tennessee v. Susan Jo Walls - Concurring in result only
Date: November 9, 2017
Docket Number: M2014-01972-SC-R11-CD
State v. Trent  
Date: November 3, 2017
Docket Number: E2015-00753-SC-R11-CD

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal challenging Defendant’s sentence, the Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of criminal appeals, vacated the sentencing determination of the trial court, and remanded the matter to the trial cou...

Harvey ex rel. Gladden v. Cumberland Trust & Investment Co.  
Date: October 20, 2017
Docket Number: E2015-00941-SC-R11-CV

Justia Opinion Summary: The Tennessee Uniform Trust Code is intended to give trustees broad authority to fulfill their duties as trustee and gives trustees the power to enter into predispute arbitration agreements, so long as doing so is not pr...

Borne v. Celadon Trucking Services, Inc.  
Date: October 20, 2017
Docket Number: W2013-01949-SC-R11-CV

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose out of rear-end collisions involving three tractor trailer vehicles. Plaintiff sued the owners and drivers of both of the other tractor trailers. The owner of the third tractor trailer was later dismissed...

Regions Bank v. Thomas  
Date: October 16, 2017
Docket Number: W2015-00798-SC-R11-CV

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case arising out of a secured transaction between Debtor and the predecessor to Plaintiff, Bank, both the trial court and the court of appeals erred in their respective applications of the statutory “rebuttable p...

State v. Henderson  
Date: October 5, 2017
Docket Number: W2015-00151-SC-R11-CD

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the Court of Criminal Appeals affirming Defendant’s conviction for especially aggravated robbery. On appeal, Defendant argued that the serious bodily injury to the victim occurr...

In re Gabriella D.  
Date: September 29, 2017
Docket Number: E2016-00139-SC-R11-PT

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the trial court’s determination that the combined weight of the facts of this case did not amount to clear and convincing evidence that terminatio...

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