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The Court of Appeals recently decided Condra v. Bradley County, Tenn., No. E2007-01290-COA-R3-CV (Tenn. Ct. App. Jan. 28, 2009). This case offers an analysis of when a court is to grant summary judgment to a party, particularly in a GTLA case.
The Court of Appeals has held that a hospital's lien is not reduced by one-third for plaintiff's attorney's fee when the recovery is sufficient to pay the hospital's lien and the attorney's fee. The case is Breazeale v. Hensley, E2008-00234-COA-R3-CV (Tenn. Ct. App. Jan. 28, 2009).
The American Jury Project, on behalf of the American Bar Association, promulgated the Principles for Juries and Jury Trials. This information -- especially Principle 11 -- might help improve the trial process, if it is shared with the judge before trial.