Supreme Court Opinions

Format: 06/25/2016
Format: 06/25/2016
Rebecca Fay Woods, Harry B. Woods, Jr. and Shirley Ann Woods, et. al. v. Harry B. Woods Plumbing Co., Inc., Harpeth Construction Co. and Travelers Insurance Co.
01S01-9606-CH-00124
Authoring Judge: Justice Janice M. Holder
Trial Court Judge: Chancellor Irvin H. Gilcrease

We granted this workers' compensation appeal to address two issues: (1) whether the decedent's death arose out of and in the course of employment; and (2) whether the decedent was the initial aggressor; and if so, whether the aggressor doctrine precluded recovery. We find that the decedent's death arose out of and in the course of employment. As to the second issue, we hold the common law aggressor defense as it relates to workers' compensation claims under the Act is abolished in Tennessee and does not bar the decedent's recovery

Supreme Court 04/06/98
Robert Jones v. Vick Idles
E2001-02833-SC-S09-CV
Authoring Judge: Justice E. Riley Anderson
Trial Court Judge: William E. Lantrip
We granted this appeal to determine whether the chancellor correctly granted a new trial after finding that the jury's allocation of ninety percent of the fault to the plaintiffs and ten percent of the fault to the defendant was against the weight of the evidence and that the evidence supported "a defense verdict for both sides." A majority of the Court of Appeals concluded that the chancellor correctly granted a new trial on both the plaintiffs' claim and the defendant's counterclaim and affirmed the judgment of the trial court. After reviewing the record and applicable authority, we agree with the Court of Appeals and hold that the chancellor properly granted a new trial after finding that the jury's allocation of fault was against the weight of the evidence in his role as the thirteenth juror. Accordingly, we affirm the judgment.
Anderson County Supreme Court 03/31/98
03S01-9704-PB-00042
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Supreme Court 03/30/98
Hazel Coln and Carl Coln vs. City of Savannah, TN
02S01-9702-CV-00008
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: Julian P. Guinn
Supreme Court 03/30/98
TN. Consumer Advocate vs. TN. Regulatory Authority
01S01-9706-BC-00141
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Supreme Court 03/30/98
Coleman Enterprises, Inc. vs. Huddleston
01S01-9706-CH-00143
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Supreme Court 03/30/98
Evans vs. Steelman
01S01-9701-JV-00019
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: Shookhoff
Davidson County Supreme Court 03/30/98
Shoffner vs. Tuttle
03S01-9610-CH-00105
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: Billy Ray White
Supreme Court 03/23/98
State vs. Ronnie Michael Cauthern
02S01-9612-CC-00108
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Supreme Court 03/23/98
State vs. Ronnie Michael Cauthern
02S01-9612-CC-00108
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Trial Court Judge: Dick Jerman, Jr.
Supreme Court 03/23/98
03S01-9704-CV-00037
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Supreme Court 03/16/98
Swafford, M.D., vs. Harris, et. al.
01S01-9612-FD-00248
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Supreme Court 03/16/98
In re: Francis E. Dichtel
01S01-9506-BP-00101
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Supreme Court 03/16/98