Court of Appeals Opinions

Format: 10/23/2014
Format: 10/23/2014
01A01-9510-CH-00444
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: Cornelia A. Clark
Williamson County Court of Appeals 08/14/96
01A01-9603-CH-00133
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: Irvin H. Kilcrease, Jr.
Court of Appeals 08/14/96
01A01-9601-CH-00028
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: Horace Pierotti
Davidson County Court of Appeals 08/14/96
Ali Agha Batebi, v. Patrick Wayne Clark and The Krystal Company
02A01-9410-CV-00228
Authoring Judge: Judge Holly Kirby Lillard
Trial Court Judge: Judge James M. Tharpe

In this case, the defendant, The Krystal Company (Krystal), appeals a jury verdict holding it liable for personal injuries received by the plaintiff, Ali Agha Batebi (Batebi), from a criminal assault by a third party while on Krystal's property. We affirm.

Shelby County Court of Appeals 08/09/96
Billy Gwinn Mitchell, v. Sam F. Cole Jr. Substitute Trustee, Estate of Prudence Reynolds, and Gerald W. PIckens, Administrator CTA
02A01-9503-CH-00060
Authoring Judge: Senior Judge Hewitt P. Tomlin, Jr.
Trial Court Judge: Chancellor Russell Fowler

The original plaintiff in this case, Billy Gwin Mitchell (“plaintiff” or “Mitchell”) filed suit in the Chancery Court of Shelby County seeking to enjoin the foreclosure of a deed of trust. Named as defendants were Sam F. Cole, Jr., Substitute Trustee of the Estate of Prudence Reynolds, and Gerald W. Pickens, Administrator CTA (“defendants” or by name). Defendants filed an answer and a counter-complaint in which they contended, among other things, that the records of Mitchell’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy case reflected Mitchell’s confirmed amended plan of reorganization mandated that Mitchell pay the mortgage indebtedness to Ms. Reynolds in accordance with the terms of the promissory note. As counter-plaintiffs, Cole and Pickens sought a money judgment for the principal balance due and owing on the note, plus accrued interest and attorney’s fees and costs. At the conclusion of all the proof, the case was submitted to a jury, and after issues of fact had been resolved, the special chancellor entered a judgment in favor of the Reynolds estate in the amount of $41,101.64 on the promissory note and attorney’s 2 fees in the amount of $21,900.00.

Shelby County Court of Appeals 08/08/96
State of Tennessee, ex rel., Robert F. Smith, Commissioner, Department of Highways, for and on behalf of said department, v. C.W. Simpson, A/K/A Charlier Simpson, Jr.
02A01-9507-CH-00161
Authoring Judge: Judge Alan E. Highers
Trial Court Judge: Chancellor D. J. Alissandratos

The Court below held defendant in civil contempt for violating a permanent 2 injunction that prohibited him from obstructing the right-of-way on a state highway. Defendant has appealed and takes issue with the trial court’s denial of his motion to dismiss and with the sufficiency of the judgment. We have determined that the record supports the trial court’s finding of civil contempt and, therefore, we affirm.

Shelby County Court of Appeals 08/08/96
Cassandra Hughlett, v. Shelby County Health Care Corporation, Regional Medical Center at Memphis A/K/A The Med, et al.
02A01-9505-CV-00118
Authoring Judge: Presiding Judge W. Frank Crawford
Trial Court Judge: Judge Robert L. Childers

The sole issue in this case is whether a plaintiff in a medical malpractice action may recover from a defendant health care provider the amount of plaintiff’s medical expenses paid by the Tennessee Medicaid program which is a part of the federal social security program.

Shelby County Court of Appeals 08/08/96
Cassandra Hughlett, v. Shelby County Health Care Corporation, Regional Medical Center at Memphis A/K/A The Med, et al.
02A01-9505-CV-00118
Authoring Judge: Presiding Judge W. Frank Crawford
Trial Court Judge: Judge Robert L. Childers

The sole issue in this case is whether a plaintiff in a medical malpractice action may recover from a defendant health care provider the amount of plaintiff’s medical expenses paid by the Tennessee Medicaid program which is a part of the federal social security program.

Shelby County Court of Appeals 08/08/96
Nina Alice Kimble, v. Michael Wayne Kimble
02A01-9503-CV-00049
Authoring Judge: Judge David R. Farmer
Trial Court Judge: Judge Kay S. Robilio

The gravamen of this appeal is child support. Nina Alice Kimble and Michael Wayne Kimble were married in 1985, divorced in 1992 and will be referred to as Wife and Husband, respectively. When  hey married, Wife had a son from a previous marriage and Husband a daughter. Husband adopted the son but Wife did not adopt the daughter.

Shelby County Court of Appeals 08/08/96
Billy Gwin Mitchell, v. Sam F. Cole, Jr., Substitute Trustee, Estate of Pudence Reynolds, and Gerald W. PIckens, Administrator, CTA
02A01-9503-CH-00060
Authoring Judge: Senior Judge Hewitt P. Tomlin
Trial Court Judge: Chancellor Russell Fowler

The original plaintiff in this case, Billy Gwin Mitchell (“plaintiff” or “Mitchell”) filed suit in the Chancery Court of Shelby County seeking to enjoin the foreclosure of a deed of trust. Named as defendants were Sam F. Cole, Jr., Substitute Trustee  f the Estate of Prudence Reynolds, and Gerald W. Pickens, Administrator CTA (“defendants” or by name). Defendants filed an answer and a counter-complaint in which they contended, among other things, that the records of Mitchell’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy case reflected Mitchell’s confirmed amended plan of reorganization mandated that Mitchell pay the mortgage indebtedness to Ms. Reynolds in accordance with the terms of the promissory note. As counter-plaintiffs, Cole and Pickens sought a money judgment for the principal balance due and owing on the note, plus accrued interest and attorney’s fees and costs. At the conclusion of all the proof, the case was submitted to a jury, and after issues of fact had been resolved, the special chancellor entered a judgment in favor of the Reynolds estate in the amount of $41,101.64 on the promissory note and attorney’s 2 fees in the amount of $21,900.00.

Shelby County Court of Appeals 08/08/96
Robert Cox, Administrator of the Estate of Linda Cox Johnson, Deceased, v. General Care Corp. D/B/A HCA. Regional Hospital of Jackson, Beverly Ann Jetton, Nurse, Shewanna Macky, Receptionist, and Joseph Ragon, M.D.
02A01-9412-CV-00269
Authoring Judge: Judge Holly Kirby Lillard
Trial Court Judge:

Appellant has filed a Motion to Rehear Pursuant to Rule 39 of the Tennessee Rules of Appellate Procedure. In the Motion, Appellant contends that the Opinion of this Court was based on an incorrect application of the law. Noting that the Opinion states that neither Appellant’s original Complaint or the proposed Amended Complaint allege negligence with respect to laboratory tests conducted on the deceased, Appellant asserts that he was erroneously required to state a legal theory, not simply “facts from which a legal theory can be inferred.”

Jackson County Court of Appeals 08/08/96
Jennifer Frank v. Ali Noureddini, Olifate Nouredinni, et al. - Concurring
01A01-9601-CH-00044
Authoring Judge: Judge Henry F. Todd
Trial Court Judge: Chancellor Robert S. Brandt

The Plaintiff, Jennifer Frank, has appealed from summary judgment in favor of the Defendants, American Realty Company, Terry Stephens, Lee  Ann Hoffman, Shirley Adkins and Alan Saturn; and from a judgment in favor of Plaintiff and against the Defendant, Ali Noureddini in the amount of  $50,000. Other captioned Defendants are not involved in this appeal.

Davidson County Court of Appeals 08/07/96
Christopher Johnson v.Tennessee Department of Correction - Concurring
01-A-01-9602-CH-00064
Authoring Judge: Judge Ben H. Cantrell
Trial Court Judge: Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle

A convicted burglar in the custody of the Department of Correction filed a petition with the Chancery Court of Davidson County for an order directing  the Department to award him additional credits against his sentence for time spent in jail before and after trial, and for sentence reduction credits he allegedly earned during the same period of incarceration. The Chancellor found that Mr. Johnson had already received all the credits to which he was entitled. We affirm-

Davidson County Court of Appeals 08/07/96