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Recent Decisions From the Tennessee Supreme Court

Estate of Ella Mae Haire v. Webster  
Date: March 20, 2019
Docket Number: E2017-00066-SC-R11-CV

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the trial court’s judgment granting a bank’s motion to dismiss this action brought by Plaintiff, holding that the allegations of the complaint wer...

Funk v. Scripps Media, Inc.  
Date: March 13, 2019
Docket Number: M2017-00256-SC-R11-CV

Justia Opinion Summary: In this defamation action, the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the trial court’s order granting Plaintiff’s motion to compel Defendants, a media outlet and a reporter, to respond to...

State v. McElrath  
Date: March 12, 2019
Docket Numbers: W2015-01794-SC-R11-CD, W2015-01958-SC-R11-CD

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal from the grant of Defendant’s motion to suppress, the Supreme Court Court adopted the good-faith exception to the exclusionary rule set forth by the United States Supreme Court in Herring v. United States,...

Chaney v. Team Technologies, Inc.  
Date: January 31, 2019
Docket Number: E2018-00248-SC-R9-WC

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the trial court denying Employer’s motion to dismiss Employee’s action seeking workers’ compensation benefits for injuries she received from Employer’s failure to use its automated...

State v. Jones  
Date: January 30, 2019
Docket Number: W2015-02210-SC-DDT-DD

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions of the premeditated and felony murder of Clarence James and the premeditated and felony murder of Lillian James and Defendant’s sentences of death, holding that no reve...

State of Tennessee v. Henry Lee Jones (Concurring)
Date: January 30, 2019
Docket Number: W2015-02210-SC-DDT-DD
Christopher Batey v. Deliver This, Inc., Et Al.
Date: January 29, 2019
Docket Number: M2018-00419-SC-WCO-WC
Dialysis Clinic, Inc. v. Medley  
Date: January 25, 2019
Docket Number: M2017-01352-SC-R11-CV

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the ruling of the trial court that documents containing communications between a corporation’s legal counsel and a property management property were protected under the attorney-client privileg...

Individual Healthcare Specialists, Inc. v. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Inc.  
Date: January 18, 2019
Docket Number: M2015-02524-SC-R11-CV

Justia Opinion Summary: In this breach of contract case, the Supreme Court held that, in interpreting a fully integrated contract, extrinsic evidence may be used to put the written terms of the contract into context, but it may not be used to v...

State v. Hall  
Date: January 7, 2019
Docket Number: M2015-02402-SC-R11-CD

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant’s conviction of attempted especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor, holding that the evidence was insufficient to support an inference that Defendant intended to record, a...

State of Tennessee v. David Scott Hall (Dissenting)
Date: January 7, 2019
Docket Number: M2015-02402-SC-R11-CD
Copeland v. Healthsouth/Methodist Rehabilitation Hospital, LP  
Date: December 20, 2018
Docket Number: W2016-02499-SC-R11-CV

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals and vacated the judgment of the trial court in this dispute over the enforceablility of exculpatory provisions of an agreement that released a medical trans...

State v. Albright  
Date: December 11, 2018
Docket Number: M2016-01217-SC-R11-CD

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the Court of Criminal Appeals affirming the decision of the trial court to revoke Defendant’s judicial diversion for refusing to admit certain facts during his sex offender trea...

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