Supreme Court Opinions

Format: 05/24/2017
Format: 05/24/2017
James J. Benson v. State of Tennessee
01S01-9704-CC-00089
Authoring Judge: Special Justice Lyle Reid
Trial Court Judge: Judge Donald Harris

This case presents for review the appeal by the petitioner, James J. Benson, from the judgment of the Cour tof Criminal Appeals affirming the trila court's denial of his petition for post-conviction relief. The petitioner asserts that he was denied the right to a fair trial before an impartial judge because the judge who presided over his criminal trial solicitated a bribe from him. The judment denying the petition is reversed, and the petioner is granted a new trial.

Supreme Court 06/01/98
Northwest Airlines, Inc., Federal Express Corp., American Airlines, Inc., Flagship Airlines, and Delta Airlines, Inc. v. Tennessee State Bd. of Equalization and CSX Transportation et al.
01S01-9702-FD-00030
Authoring Judge: Special Justice Lyle Reid
Trial Court Judge: Judge Thomas A. Wiseman, Jr.

This Court has accepted from the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, certified question of law regarding the effect of the 1996 amendment to Tenn. Code Ann. §
467 - 5 - 1512 ( b ) ( 2 ) on the calculation of interest on property tax paymens and refunds. 

Davidson County Supreme Court 06/01/98
Win Myint and wife Patti KI. Myint v. Allstate Insurance Company
01S01-9612-CH-00238
Authoring Judge: Justice Aldolpho A. Birch, Jr.
Trial Court Judge: Special Chancellor Christina Norris

In this cause, the insuror refused to pay a claim under a policy of insurance. The insured contends that such refusal constitutes an “unfair or deceptive act or practice,” in violation
of the Consumer Protection Act, Tenn. Code Ann. §§ 47-18-101, et seq.1 In contrast, the insuror insists that Tenn. Code Ann. § 56- 7-105,2 commonly known as the “bad faith statute,” is the exclusive remedy for the bad faith denial of an insurance claim. Because Title 56, Chapters 7 and 8 of the Tennessee Code comprehensively regulates the insurance industry, the insuror insists that the acts and practices of an insurance company are never subject to the Consumer Protection Act.

Davidson County Supreme Court 06/01/98
Win Myint and Patti Kay Myint, et. ux. v. Allstate Insurance Company
01S01-9612-CH-00238
Authoring Judge: Justice Adolpho A. Birch, Jr.
Trial Court Judge: Special Chancellor Christina Norris

In this cause, the insuror refused to pay a claim under a policy of insurance. The insured contends that such refusal constitutes an “unfair or deceptive act or practice,” in violation of the Consumer Protection Act, Tenn. Code Ann. §§ 47-18-101, et seq.1 In contrast, the insuror insists that Tenn. Code Ann. § 56- 7-105,2 commonly known as the “bad faith statute,” is the exclusive remedy for the bad faith denial of an insurance claim. Because Title 56, Chapters 7 and 8 of the Tennessee Code comprehensively regulates the insurance industry, the insuror insists that the acts and practices of an insurance company are never subject to the Consumer Protection Act.

Davidson County Supreme Court 06/01/98
State vs. Thomas Dee Huskey
03S01-9610-CR-00096
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Supreme Court 05/18/98
Seffernick vs. St. Thomas Hospital, et. al.
01S01-9706-CV-00122
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: Thomas W. Brothers
Supreme Court 05/11/98
Earhart vs. City of Bristol
03S01-9709-CH-00116
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Trial Court Judge:
Supreme Court 04/27/98
Earhart vs. City of Bristol
03S01-9709-CH-00116
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Supreme Court 04/27/98
State vs. Cattone
03S01-9706-CR-00075
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: Mayo L. Mashburn
Supreme Court 04/27/98
State vs. Byrd
03S01-9705-CR-00057
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: Rex Henry Ogle
Supreme Court 04/27/98
State vs. Byrd
03S01-9705-CR-00057
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: Rex Henry Ogle
Supreme Court 04/27/98
State vs. Lavender & Hobbs
01S01-9704-CR-00088
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Trial Court Judge:
Davidson County Supreme Court 04/27/98
Howard Woods vs. MTC Mgt. & Solomon Mgt.
02S01-9706-CH-00061
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Supreme Court 04/20/98