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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Tennessee Amends Med Mal Law

Here's the link to the recent amendments to Tennessee's med mal law:

I'll have an analysis of this in a few days.


P.S. Please note that the amendments will take effect Oct. 1, 2008.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

How a Bill Becomes a Law in Tennessee

Here's a guide on how a bill becomes a law in Tennessee (see link below). It came from the Tennessee General Assembly's Web site.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Another New Book

Here's another new book, How to Try a Jury Case: Trial Tactics, by John F. Kimberling. I have not read it yet. I have friends, however, who have; and they say it's great.

It's available from the National Institute for Trial Advocacy at

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Tennessee Supreme Court Issues Two Opinions on Apparent Agency

Yesterday the Tennessee Supreme Court issued two opinions on apparent agency. The first was Boren ex rel. Boren v. Weeks, No. M2007-00628-SC-R11-CV (Tenn. May 6, 2008); the second was Dewald v. HCA Health Services of Tennessee, No. M2006-02369-SC-R11-CV (Tenn. May 6, 2008). They were consolidated for appeal. The issue on appeal was whether the defendant hospitals could be held liable for the acts of physicians who were allegedly independent contractors.

The Court overruled the Court of Appeals (which had reversed the trial court in both cases) and held that genuine issues of material fact remain that prevent the granting of summary judgment on that common issue. The Court adopted an analysis for the determination of apparent agency as set forth in the Restatement (Second) of Torts § 429. Boren, No. M2007-00628-SC-R11-CV, slip op. at 10-11; Dewald, No. M2006-02369-SC-R11-CV, slip op. at 3-4.

Here's the link to the AOC's Web site: