Tennessee Supreme Court Decisions 2018

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...

State of Tennessee v. Westley A. Albright (Dissenting)
Date: December 11, 2018
Docket Number: M2016-01217-SC-R11-CD
State v. Patterson  
Date: December 10, 2018
Docket Number: M2016-01716-SC-R11-CD

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this appeal was what showing, if any, a defendant must make to prevail on a motion for reduction of sentence under Tenn. R. Crim. P. 35 where the defendant pleaded guilty without an agreement as to sentencing...

Brown v. Jordan  
Date: December 6, 2018
Docket Number: M2018-01415-SC-R23-CO

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court accepted a question of law from the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and concluded that a defendant convicted of first-degree murder committed on or after July 1, 1995 and sentenced...

Thomas F. Mabry v. Board of Professional Responsibility
Date: December 4, 2018
Docket Number: E2018-00204-SC-R3-BP
State v. Williams  
Date: October 12, 2018
Docket Number: W2016-00946-SC-R11-CD

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction for aggravated assault but modified his sentence, holding that the evidence was sufficient to support the conviction but the trial court erred in sentencing Defendant to...

Abdur'Rahman v. Parker  
Date: October 8, 2018
Docket Number: M2018-01385-SC-RDO-CV

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court dismissing death-sentenced inmates’ challenge to Tennessee’s current three-drug lethal injection protocol, holding that the inmates failed to establish that the...

Abu-Ali Abdur'Rahman, ET Al. v. Tony Parker, Et Al. (Dissenting)
Date: October 8, 2018
Docket Number: M2018-01385-SC-RDO-CV
Tennessee v. Frazier  
Date: September 26, 2018
Docket Number: M2016-02134-SC-R11-CD

Justia Opinion Summary: The question these consolidated cases presented for the Tennessee Supreme Court's review centered on whether the trial court erred in suppressing evidence seized from the defendants’ residences in the 19th Judicial Distr...

State v. Decosimo  
Date: August 23, 2018
Docket Number: E2017-00696-SC-R11-CD

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case challenging the constitutionality of Tenn. Code Ann. 55-10-413(f), the Supreme Court held that the Defendant’s constitutional challenges failed. The statutory scheme at issue here imposes a fee upon persons...

State v. Lowe  
Date: July 20, 2018
Docket Number: M2014-00472-SC-R11-CD

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that the Exclusionary Rule Reform Act (ERRA), Tenn. Code Ann. 40-6-108, represents an impermissible encroachment by the legislature upon the Supreme Court’s authority and responsibility to adopt ex...

State v. Daniel  
Date: July 20, 2018
Docket Number: M2015-01073-SC-R11-CD

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the trial court granting Defendant’s motion to suppress a blood sample drawn from Defendant pursuant to a search warrant because the arresting officer failed to leave a copy of...

Nunley v. State  
Date: July 19, 2018
Docket Number: W2016-01487-SC-R11-ECN

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was whether a Brady claim is cognizable in the context of a petition for writ of error coram nobis and whether Appellant’s petition for a writ of error coram nobis should be dismissed as time-barred...

Smith v. Board of Professional Responsibility  
Date: June 26, 2018
Docket Number: W2017-00247-SC-R3-BP

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the ruling of the chancery court reversing the decision of a hearing panel denying Attorney’s petition to be reinstated to the practice of law in Tennessee following his disbarment and ordering...

Smith v. Tennessee National Guard  
Date: June 22, 2018
Docket Number: M2016-01109-SC-R11-CV

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff’s claim brought against Defendant pursuant to the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994, 38 U.S.C. 4301 to 4335 (USERRA), accrued prior to July 1, 2014 and remained barred by soverei...

Coleman v. Olson  
Date: June 15, 2018
Docket Number: M2015-00823-SC-R11-CV

Justia Opinion Summary: A trial court, after the abatement of a divorce action, may remedy a violation of the statutory injunction imposed by Tenn. Code Ann. 36-4-106(d)(2), which prohibits parties after a divorce complaint is served from chang...

Athlon Sports Communications, Inc. v. Duggan  
Date: June 8, 2018
Docket Number: M2015-02222-SC-R11-CV

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this dissenters’ rights case was the methods by which a trial court may determine the “fair value” of shares of a dissenting shareholder under Tennessee’s dissenters’ rights statutes, Tenn. Code Ann. 48-23-10...

Runions v. Jackson-Madison County General Hospital District  
Date: June 6, 2018
Docket Number: W2016-00901-SC-R11-CV

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case alleging health care liability claims, the trial court erred by allowing Plaintiff to amend her complaint after the expiration of the statute of limitations to substitute as a defendant a health care provide...

In Re: James Carl Cope, BPR #03340
Date: May 4, 2018
Docket Number: M2016-02144-SC-BAR-BP
State v. Minor  
Date: April 11, 2018
Docket Number: W2016-00348-SC-R11-CD

Justia Opinion Summary: A new rule applies retroactively to cases pending on direct review when the new rule is announced but is subject to other jurisprudential concepts such as appellate review preservation requirements and the plain error do...

State of Tennessee v. Christopher Minor (Concurring)
Date: April 11, 2018
Docket Number: W2016-00348-SC-R11-CD
Nelson v. Myres  
Date: March 5, 2018
Docket Number: M2015-01857-SC-R11-CV

Justia Opinion Summary: A surviving spouse maintains priority to file a wrongful death action when the decedent’s child has also filed a wrongful death action in which the child alleges that the surviving spouse negligently caused the decedent’...

Sean K. Hornbeck v. Board of Professional Responsibility Of The Supreme Court of Tennessee
Date: February 16, 2018
Docket Number: M2016-01793-SC-R3-BP
Board of Professional Responsibility of The Supreme Court of Tennessee v. Robin K. Barry
Date: February 16, 2018
Docket Number: M2016-02003-SC-R3-BP
Chuck's Package Store v. City of Morristown  
Date: February 6, 2018
Docket Number: E2015-01524-SC-R11-CV

Justia Opinion Summary: Tenn. Code Ann. 67-1-901, et seq., rather than Tenn. Code Ann. 67-1-1801, et seq., apply to a suit to recover municipal taxes, and under section 67-1-901(a) the alcoholic beverage retailers in this case were required to...

State v. Harbison  
Date: January 9, 2018
Docket Number: E2015-00700-SC-R11-CD

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the Court of Criminal Appeals reversing Defendant’s convictions for four counts of attempted voluntary manslaughter and four counts of employing a firearm during the commission...

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