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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Politics, Government, and America

This really has nothing to do with the law (at least not directly), but, whether you're a Democrat or a Republican (or a member of any other political party), you have to remember that we are all Americans. Americans who want the same things, e.g., to be safe from terrorism, good schools for our kids, to make a good living, and so on. These are true no matter what political party you belong to.

Somehow we have lost sight of the fact that we are ONE nation (made up of Democrats, Republicans, and all other political parties). This is what has made this American "experiment" in government work so well (i.e., everyone has a voice -- if they choose to exercise it). Sure, some may say that it's a terrible system, but, look around, it's still the best thing going. I always say: "Nothing worth having comes easy." This is true for almost everything. For our system of government to continue to work, we need more citizen involvement, and we need people to step up and not just assume that "someone else will do it." I'm going to "step up" and do more. Are you? You should if you're able to do so.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Cases That Cannot Be Recommenced After Being Voluntarily Dismissed

There are at least two types of cases that cannot be recommenced after they have been voluntarily nonsuited/dismissed. The first is a Governmental Tort Liability Act ("GTLA") case. Lynn v. City of Jackson, 63 S.W.3d 332, 337 (Tenn. 2001) (stating that the savings statute will not extend time in which an action must be filed under Tennessee's GTLA). The second type of case is a will contest action. In re Estate of Barnhill, 62 S.W.3d 139 (Tenn. 2001) (holding that a will contest action cannot be refiled after it has been voluntarily nonsuited/dismissed).