Court of Appeals Opinions

Format: 12/19/2014
Format: 12/19/2014
01A01-9510-DR-00464
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: Burton D. Glover
Robertson County Court of Appeals 10/11/96
01A01-9601-CH-00046
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: Irvin H. Kilcrease, Jr.
Davidson County Court of Appeals 10/11/96
Wendy Setters individually and as the parent of minors Melanie Ann Setters and Nicole Krystal Setters, v. Permanent General Assurance Corporation
03A01-9605-CV-00161
Authoring Judge: Judge Charles D. Susano, Jr.
Trial Court Judge: Judge John B. Hagler, Jr.

This is a declaratory judgment action. In the complaint, Wendy Setters (Mrs. Setters) seeks a declaration that an exclusion in her automobile insurance policy is invalid as against public policy; and, alternatively, that the exclusion, due to an ambiguity in the insurance policy, is unenforceable against her. The subject provision excludes the extension of liability coverage to an insured when that person's negligence causes injury to a family member. Relying on this exclusion, the defendant, Permanent General Assurance Corporation (Permanent General), denied coverage with respect to claims asserted by Mrs. Setters individually and on behalf of her children arising solely out of injuries sustained by the children in an automobile accident. The accident was caused, in part, by the negligent driving of her husband. The trial court granted Permanent General's motion for judgement on the pleadings, finding the exclusion to be valid, enforceable and not violative of the public policy" of Tennessee. Plaintiff appeals, raising two issues that present the following questions:

1. Is a provision in an automobile insurance policy excluding coverage for liability to a "family member" violative of the public policy of Tennessee?

2. Is the liability coverage in the subject policy ambiguous so as to warrant a strict constructino against Permanent General?

McMinn County Court of Appeals 10/10/96
02A01-9510-CV-00231
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: D'Army Bailey
Shelby County Court of Appeals 10/10/96
02A01-9509-CH-00202
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: C. Neal Small
Shelby County Court of Appeals 10/10/96
02A01-9505-CH-00102
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge:
Fayette County Court of Appeals 10/10/96
Howard A. Woods, v. Mutual of Omaha and CNA Insurance Company, and Eastwood Hospital
02A01-9510-CV-00218
Authoring Judge: Judge David R. Farmer
Trial Court Judge: Judge Robert A. Lanier

Woods filed suit against various defendants; however, the judgment before us enters summary judgment in favor of Omaha only and was rendered final by the trial court in accordance with Rule 54.02 T.R.C.P. Thus, Omaha is the only Appellee for purposes of this appeal. This case concerns the validity of a “Compromise Settlement Release” executed by the appellant, Howard A. Woods (Woods), in favor of the appellee, Mutual of Omaha (Omaha). Woods challenges its validity on the ground of mental incapacity. The trial court entered summary judgment in favor of Omaha  Woods has appealed. For reasons hereinafter expressed, we affirm.

Shelby County Court of Appeals 10/09/96
Zella Balentine, v. Simon White, In Re: Paternity of Ashley Arron Balentine, a Minor
02A01-9508-JV-00190
Authoring Judge: Senior Judge Hewitt P. Tomlin
Trial Court Judge: Judge Max Seaton

Zella Balentine (“plaintiff”) filed a petition in the Juvenile Court of Hardin County seeking to have that court declare Simon White (“defendant”) to be the natural father of the parties’ minor child, Ashley Balentine. The Hardin County General Sessions Court, in its role as Juvenile Court, found defendant to be the father of the child and awarded plaintiff retroactive child support dating back to November 1, 1992. The sole issue on appeal is whether the trial court abused its discretion by not awarding retroactive child support back to the date of the child’s birth. For the reasons stated, we find that the trial court did abuse its discretion. Accordingly, we reverse as to this issue and remand this cause to that court for further proceedings.

Hardin County Court of Appeals 10/09/96
Melanie Miller, Ashley Miller Luna, & Gregory Luna v. Gary D. Niblack, M.D., Laboratory Investments Inc., et.al. - Concurring
02A01-9505-CV-00101
Authoring Judge: Judge Farmer
Trial Court Judge: Judge William O'Hearn

This is an action for negligence in the conducting of a paternity test. The  trial court entered summary judgment in favor of the appellees, Gary D. Niblack, M.D., Laboratory Investments, Inc. and Ren Laboratories, Inc. d/b/a Ren Histocompatibility Laboratory, a joint venture, and John Doe. The appellants, Melanie Miller, individually and as next friend for Ashley Miller Luna, a minor, and next friend of Gregory Luna, deceased, have appealed presenting the single issue of whether the trial court erred in doing so. For reasons hereinafter set forth, we affirm in part and reverse in part the  judgment of the trial court.

Shelby County Court of Appeals 10/09/96
Grace Thru Faith, v. Tony L. Caldwell, and Tony L. Caldwell and Joann P. Caldwell Trust, v. Edward Irwin and Rebecca Irwin
02A01-9502-CH-00026
Authoring Judge: Judge Holly Kirby Lillard
Trial Court Judge: Chancellor William Michael Maloan

This is a case involving a trustee’s improper accounting procedures and misuse of funds regarding a trust set up to receive Social Security Insurance payments. At issue is whether Tennessee state courts have subject matter jurisdiction to hear a dispute between a beneficiary and his representative payee over alleged misuse of Social Security benefits. The trial court found it had jurisdiction. We affirm.

Weakley County Court of Appeals 10/09/96
Terry Yates v. The Chattanooga Police Dept., Ervin N. Dinsmore, Public Safety Administrator, et al.
03A01-9602-CH-00069
Authoring Judge: Judge Don T. Murray
Trial Court Judge: Chancellor Howard N. Peoples

This is an appeal from the judgment of the chancery court for Hamilton County, whereby the court affirmed the decision of the City Council of the City of Chattanooga finding the appellant, a police officer, guilty of violating Chattanooga Police Manual Orders and imposing disciplinary sanctions. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.

 

Court of Appeals 10/04/96
Richard D. Phillips, v. Interstate Hotels Corporation #L07 and Interstate Hotels Corporation on #L07, D/B/A Chattanooga Marriott and Kicks Lounge
03A01-9512-CH-00441
Authoring Judge: Presiding Judge Houston M. Goddard
Trial Court Judge: Chancellor Howard N. Peoples

In this case, the Plaintiff, Richard D. Phillips, sues Interstate Hotels Corporation and Instate Hotels Corporation #L07, D/B/A Chattanooga Marriott and Kicks Lounge, seeking damages by reason of the Defendant's violating his civil rights under the provisions of  T.C.A. 4-21-301( 2) .

Hamilton County Court of Appeals 10/04/96
Ronald D. Mackie and Brenda L. Mackie, v. David K. Hinchy and Pearline HInchy
03A01-9604-CH-00138
Authoring Judge: Presiding Judge Houston M. Goddard
Trial Court Judge: Chancellor C.S. Rainwater, Jr.

David K. Hinchy and Pearline Henchy, who are residents of Indiana, appeal judgment of the Chancery Court for Cocke County. The Chancellor, first, granted a default judgment against them in favor of Ronald D. Mackie and Brenda L. Mackie, who are residents of Florida. The Court also ordered the sale of certain real estate, the proceeds of which would be applied to the satisfaction of the indebtedness secured by the real estate and, preliminarily, a personal judgment in the amount of $18,200, plus interest at the rate of 8.65 percent per annum from October 1, 1989. Second, after sale of the property and giving credit for payments previously made, he awarded a definciency judgment in the amount of $15,719.97, which included court costs and expenses of the sale.

Cocke County Court of Appeals 10/04/96