Court of Appeals Opinions

Format: 04/28/2017
Format: 04/28/2017
Southland Realtors Inc., v. Tabor Construction Company, Inc., - Concurring
03A01-9710-CV-00455
Authoring Judge: Judge William H. Inman
Trial Court Judge: Judge Harold Wimberly

The trial court allowed the plaintiff a recovery of a commission for the sale of real estate. The defendant appeals, insisting that (1) the plaintiff was not a party to the sales agency contract and thus had no standing to file this action, (2) the agency contract expired before performance, (3) the plaintiff “performed no useful work,” and (4) the record “cannot support a judgment for anyone.” Each of these issues alleges that the trial court erred in failing to grant summary judgment.

Knox County Court of Appeals 03/03/98
W. Stephen Renfro, Jr., v. John Doe
03A01-9710-CV-00447
Authoring Judge: Per Curiam
Trial Court Judge: Judge Dale Workman

This is an appeal from a summary judgment entered i favor of Ohio Casualty Insurance Company, an unnamed party brought before the court pursuant to T.C.A. § 5 6 - 7 - 1 2 0 6 .  The question before us is whether the plaintiff, Steven Renfro, is an insured within th emeaning of Ohio Casualty's uninsured motorist (UM) policy provisions. The precise issues, whether the plaintiff, at the time of his injury, was "occupying" the covered vehicle as that term is defined in the policy under consideration. The trial court fond, on motion for summary judgment, that the plaintiff was not "occupying" the ehicle. we reverse the judgment of the trial court.

 

Knox County Court of Appeals 03/03/98
Lawrence Dixson and wife, Mary Dixson, v. Atlantic Soft Drink Company, also D/B/A Pepsi Cola Company
03A01-9709-CV-00417
Authoring Judge: Judge Don T. McMurray
Trial Court Judge: Judge Wheeler A. Rosenbalm

At approximately 1:00 on Christmas morning of 1995, a pickup truck which had been stolen from the defendant Atlantic Soft Drink Company's business compound, crashed into the plaintiffs' residence, allegedly causing property damage and personal injury to the plaintiffs. Plaintiffs, in their complaint asserted that the defendant was negligent in leaving the keys inside the unlocked
truck and providing inadequate security for the parking lot where company vehicles were left. The plaintiffs also sought to impose liability on the defendant under the doctrine of respondeat superior. The defendant moved for summary judgment. Summary judgment was granted and the complaint dismissed. This appeal resulted. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.

Court of Appeals 03/03/98
Scenic Helicopters, Inc., Scenic Helicopter Rides , Limited, v. City of Sevierville, Tennessee
03A01-9709-CH-00439
Authoring Judge: Senior Judge William H. Inman
Trial Court Judge: Judge Chester S. Rainwater, Jr.

This complaint sought a writ of mandamus to require the City to issue a sign permit, or, alternatively, to review the action of the City in denying the application for a permit. The Chancellor found that the action of the Board of Zoning Appeals in denying the permit was arbitrary and ordered the issuance of the permit. We affirm.

Sevier County Court of Appeals 03/03/98
Russell Keith Berry v. Bryan Lee Berry and Paula Faye Berry
03A01-9707-CH-00410
Authoring Judge: Judge Don T. McMurray
Trial Court Judge: Chancellor Lewis W. May, Jr.

Plaintiff Russell Keith Berry, brought this action on behalf of himself and his grandmother. He alleged that his grandmother, Lorena Beryl Berry, is mentally incompetent and physically ill and that the defendants, his brother and sister-in-law, gained unfair advantage of her incompetency by fraudulently taking control of all her worldly possessions. The plaintiff also alleged the defendants converted his personal property while he was incarcerated. Defendants move for summary judgment. The motion was granted and the complaint dismissed. This appeal resulted. We find there are genuine issues of material fact and revers the trial court's judgment.

Carter County Court of Appeals 03/03/98
Interstate Mechanical Contractors, Inc., v. MCH Partners: Jimmy R. Reagan, d/b/a Precision Construction Company, et al. - Concurring
03A01-9706-CH-00234
Authoring Judge: Judge Don T. McMurray
Trial Court Judge: Chancellor Chester S. Rainwater

This appeal involves a payment dispute between the plaintiff, Don Conseen, a subcontractor doing business as DC Service & Sales, and defendants Jimmy R. Reagan and Howard Sexton, doing business as Precision Construction Company, a general contractor. Plaintiff sued for payment for construction work which he testified was requested and approved by defendants, and for which he was promised payment by the defendants. An evidentiary hearing was held. The defendants presented no proof at trial. The chancellor granted plaintiff a judgment for $19, 267.45, the amount sought by the plaintiff. The defendants appealed. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.

Sevier County Court of Appeals 03/03/98
Alexander Jackson Bullard vs. The City of Chattanooga Fireman's & Policeman's Insurance & Pension Fund Board - Concurring
03A01-9705-CH-00193
Authoring Judge: Judge Herschel P. Franks
Trial Court Judge: Chancellor Howell N. Peoples

In this action plaintiff sought job-related disability benefits from his pension plan, administered by the City of Chattanooga Firemen’s and  Policemen’s Insurance and Pension Fund Board (“Board”). The Board, after an evidentiary hearing, voted 3 to 2 to deny benefits. An appeal was taken to the Chancery Court, and the Chancellor overturned the decision of the Board and awarded benefits. For reasons hereinafter stated we affirm and adopt from the Chancellor’s Opinion.

Hamilton County Court of Appeals 03/03/98
Meese & Associates, Inc., v. Eddie Powers and David Hicks, Rebecca Car Kirklin, v. Meese Associates, Inc.
03A01-9705-CH-
Authoring Judge: Judge Alan E. Highers
Trial Court Judge: Chancellor Billy Joe White

Plaintiff, Meese & Associates, Inc. (“plaintiff”), appeals the judgment of the trial court 2 awarding Intervening Plaintiff/Appellee, Rebecca Kirklin (“Kirklin”), the real estate commission for the sale of Defendants/Appellees’, Eddie Powers (“Powers”) and David Hicks (“Hicks”) (collectively “defendants”), property by Kirklin. For reasons stated hereinafter, we reverse the decision of the trial court and remand.

Campbell County Court of Appeals 03/03/98
David E. Lind, et ux. Myra Gwinn Lind, v. Allen M. Well, Clyde N. Well, and Aster Vance Webb
03A01-9710-CH-00473
Authoring Judge: Judge Herschel P. Franks
Trial Court Judge:

In this boundary line dispute the defendants appeal from a judgment in favor of plaintiffs, insisting that the evidence established their right to the disputed area by adverse possession.

Knox County Court of Appeals 03/02/98
Harold P. Cousins, D/B/A Cousins Construction, v. MK Ferguson of Oak Ridge Company
03A01-9709-CV-00435
Authoring Judge: Senior Judge WIlliam H. Inman
Trial Court Judge: Judge James B. Scott, Jr.

This is an action to recover profits the plaintiff contractor alleges he would have made had he been allowed to construct an additional four warehouses similar in design and usage to a fifth warehouse he constructed and for which he was paid.

Court of Appeals 03/02/98
) Hon. Frank v. Williams, Iii,
O3A01-9708-CH-00321
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Roane County Court of Appeals 02/27/98
03A01-9709-CV-00444
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Knox County Court of Appeals 02/27/98
Walker vs. Exchange
03A01-9709-CV-00402
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Court of Appeals 02/27/98