Tennessee Supreme Court News

Tenn. SC rules property management company communications protected by attorney-client privilege

By Takesha Thomas | Feb 8, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Tennessee has affirmed a trial court's ruling that granted an interlocutory appeal to a property owner in an unlawful detainer case.

Tennessee Supreme Court: Patient allowed to sue MedicOne after signing waiver

By Carrie Salls | Jan 14, 2019

NASHVILLE (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Tennessee ruled in a Dec. 20 opinion that, based on the wording and circumstances surrounding the accident, an agreement signed by a rehabilitation center patient who fell getting into a van operated by a third-party medical transportation company does not prohibit the patient from suing the transport company.

'Panic mode': Attorney must respond to disciplinary complaint despite claimed mental illness

By Kasey Schefflin-Emrich | Jan 3, 2019

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Legal Newsine) – The Supreme Court of Tennessee at Knoxville has upheld the Chancery Court for Knox County’s ruling that a North Carolina attorney wasn’t incapacitated from responding or defending against a disciplinary complaint.

TENNESSEE SUPREME COURT: Judges, Legislators honored at Recovery Court Conference

By Press release submission | Dec 21, 2018

Two judges who have been leaders in the struggle to rescue lives and communities affected by substance abuse were among the honorees at the Tennessee Association of Recovery Court Professionals’ 14th Annual Recovery Court Conference, held recently in Murfreesboro.

TENNESSEE SUPREME COURT: Judge Robert Lincoln honored with Juvenile Council Award

By Press release submission | Sep 13, 2018

Washington County General Sessions and Juvenile Court Judge Robert Lincoln has been named the 2018 recipient of the McCain-Abernathy Award.

TENNESSEE SUPREME COURT: New rates for counsel representing indigent defendants and families

By Press release submission | Jul 7, 2018

For the first time in over 20 years, the Tennessee Supreme Court has ordered an increase in the amount paid to lawyers representing indigent parties in criminal and child welfare cases.

Woman can't add new Tenn. defendant as she sues over death of her baby

By Amanda Thomas | Jun 20, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) – The Tennessee Supreme Court has remanded a health care liability case back to the trial court after ruling that a woman whose infant died days after birth can’t add Jackson-Madison County General Hospital District as a new defendant.

Tennessee Supreme Court defines 'reasonable charges' in personal injury lawsuits

By Dee Thompson | Nov 30, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) – The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled Nov. 17 that in personal injury cases, “reasonable charges” for medical treatment are what the medical providers charge, not what the insurance company ends up paying.

Tennessee Supreme Court sides with widow in wrongful death case, remands case to trial court

By Dee Thompson | Jul 14, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) – The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled that a medical authorization sent pre-lawsuit doesn’t have to be Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act-compliant to be valid.

Tennessee SC overturns decision in workers' compensation case after man dies from overdose

By Nicholas Gueguen | Apr 20, 2017

The Tennessee Supreme Court this month decided to overturn a chancery court's decision, instead ruling that workers' compensation could not cover a man's overdose-induced death.

Tenn. SC says judge was too quick to overturn caps on non-economic damages

By Vimbai Chikomo | Dec 9, 2015

In October, the state’s high court determined that a ruling by a Chattanooga trial judge was premature. The judge ruled in March that the attempt by state lawmakers to restrict non-economic damages in personal injury cases was a violation of the Tennessee Constitution.

Retiring Tenn. SC justice to become law school dean

By Jessica Karmasek | Jul 30, 2015

Gary Wade to lead Lincoln Memorial University's John J. Duncan Jr. School of Law following his Sept. 8 retirement

Tenn. high court justice to retire in fall

By Jessica Karmasek | Jul 27, 2015

Justice Gary Wade's replacement will appointed by governor, confirmed by state legislature

Voters retain Tenn. SC justices, TV spending surged past $1.4M

By David Yates | Aug 9, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) – In a retention election that drew national attention, Tennessee voters on Thursday delivered new eight-year terms to all three incumbent Supreme Court justices who sought retention to the five-member court.

Justices spending to retain seats on Tenn. SC bench

By David Yates | Aug 4, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) – With the retention election less than a week away, three Tennessee Supreme Court justices appointed by a Democratic governor are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to ensure they keep their seats on the state’s highest court.

Five apply for Tenn. SC vacancy

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Nov 4, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) -- Two Memphis judges, two private attorneys and a law professor are among the five applicants for a vacancy on the Tennessee Supreme Court.

Tenn. SC's first female chief justice to retire

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jun 27, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) -- Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Janice Holder announced Wednesday she will retire after more than 17 years on the state's high court.

Tenn. SC: Doctors can't pursue malicious prosecution claim

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Aug 29, 2012

Holder NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) - The Tennessee Supreme Court this week sided with a patient in a lawsuit filed by two doctors alleging malicious prosecution.

Groups approve of Tenn. SC's new ethics rules

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jan 9, 2012

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Two nonpartisan groups are coming out in support of the Tennessee Supreme Court for adopting new ethics rules for its judges.

Tenn. SC adopts new ethics rules for judges

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jan 6, 2012

Clark NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) - The Tennessee Supreme Court has adopted new ethics rules for judges that specifically outline recusal procedures, among other things.

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