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

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.

Phoney Lawsuits: Man has filed 80 lawsuits and uses sleuthing skills to track down defendants

A Tennessee man, described as a professional plaintiff and sleuth with three cell phones, is allowed to continue one of his many lawsuits after faking interest in a free home security system to identify whom he wanted to sue for calling him about it.

Tennesseans for Sensible Election Laws challenges state code regulating contributions

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) – A nonprofit group in Tennessee is seeking to declare that a state code regarding campaign donations is unconstitutional.

Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. alleged to have artificially inflated securities prices

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) – Stock purchasers of cellulose specialty products company allege the company deceived the investing public regarding its business and operations.

Abelson Legal Search seeks $1M in punitive damages from Baker Donelson firm

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) – A Philadelphia corporation alleges that it was not paid for its services by a Tennessee law firm.

EEOC alleges Georgia Dollar General guilty of disability discrimination in hiring

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit July 25 against the owner-operator of a Dollar General store in Georgia for allegations of discriminating against a job applicant because of her disability and because she complained to the company’s human resources department about the discrimination.

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

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

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.

Rehab service alleges Baker Donelson law firm cost it $1 million

Plaintiff The Summit Health and Rehab Services Inc. filed its lawsuit against Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC in Hinds County Circuit Court in Mississippi Jan. 12.

More litigants come forward in ongoing automotive parts antitrust case

DETROIT (Legal Newsline) – Bridgestone is one of several defendants being sued for alleged antitrust violations in what the company calls one of the largest litigations in the country.

Miss. man sues attorneys after court win against UPS

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) – A Mississippi man alleges law offices in Arkansas and Memphis are charging him excessive and unreasonable fees.

Yoga instructors determined to be independent contractors by New York's highest court

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - The New York Court of Appeals ruled Oct. 25 that some of a yoga studio's instructors are independent contractors, and not employees entitled to certain benefits.

Tenn. senator: Former prosecutor Haag overzealous in failed case against FedEx

While the U.S. Attorney’s Office has said its internal review of the FedEx case isn’t meant to assign blame, attorneys for FedEx contend U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors ignored evidence that the company tried to cooperate with the federal agency.

Proactive HR department leads to dismissal of Autozone sexual harassment case

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) – A swift response by the human resources department of Autozone has led to the dismissal of a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against the company by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of three female employees.

Attorney offers 'cynical' view of independent contractor litigation in the sharing economy

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) – Sharing economy litigation such as the misclassification lawsuit filed in June against Grubhub is more about governments and predatory plaintiffs than anything inevitable in cooperative consumerism, an Ohio attorney opined during a recent interview.

Calif. firm makes name defending FedEx against DOJ's 'epic failure'

Arguedas Cassman & Headley LLP, in Berkeley, California, successfully defended FedEx Corporation against the Department of Justice over charges that the Memphis-based global courier conspired to transport illegal prescription drugs. Last month, the U.S. Attorney’s Office moved to dismiss the indictment.

Attorney: DOJ's pursuit of Post Office's competitors shows hypocrisy of administration

The USPS, which provides similar delivery services as FedEx and UPS, is highly unlikely to be pursued by the U.S. Department of Justice for its possible role in transporting illegal prescription drugs. Legal experts point to the Post Office’s poor financial health and the federal government’s reluctance to enforce rules against themselves.

Calif. federal judge grants U.S. DOJ’s motion to dismiss FedEx case; government still mum on reasons for abrupt end to litigation

The Memphis-based global courier maintained its innocence since being indicted by the Justice Department in 2014, refusing to settle. The government, which alleged FedEx transported illegal prescription drugs, decided to drop the case less than a week after a bench trial began last month.

Software service provider claims law firm left it high and dry amid costly patent litigation

Nashville-based Edgenet contends attorneys with international law firm Foley & Lardner LLP failed to disclose an ethical conflict early on in litigation filed against the company in a Wisconsin federal court last year.

Courts rule against lawyers' block-billing practice

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) —In a ruling that could affect lawyers nationwide, a federal appeals court recently denied an appeal involving block-billing, a common billing practice in many law firms that includes lumping together many small tasks into a single block.