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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Medical Malpractice: Fraudulent Concealment

The Court of Appeals just issued its opinion in Tigrett v. Linn, No. W2009-00205-COA-R9-CV (Tenn. Ct. App. Mar. 31, 2010). The opinion offers a good discussion on the law of fraudulent concealment in medical malpractice cases.

Here's a link to the opinion:

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Jury Finds Lawyer Committed Malpractice

Below is a link to an article from The link takes you to a story about a case where a jury found a lawyer liable for malpractice because he didn't tell his clients about a settlement offer before a verdict came in lower than the settlement offer.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Practice Tip: Questioning a Liar

If you haven't encountered this yet you will, i.e., questioning a liar in a deposition or during trial. A liar's worst enemy is cross-examination. However, can you just declare the witness a liar and expect the jury to believe you? Of course not. So, one may ask: how are you supposed to successfully question a liar? The best way --- the only way --- that I've found to be successful at it is to be prepared. I don't mean know your case inside and out like you're supposed to, you have to have go beyond that and have concrete proof that the witness is lying. You can't attack a witness if you don't have the proof, no matter how bad you want to. Below is a link to an article from the ABA about Bobby Lee Cook. Read the part about his cross-examination of Ms. Kidd in a federal habeas corpus proceeding. This is what I'm referring to when I say that you must be prepared. Here's the link:

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

GA Supreme Court Strikes Down Caps in Tort Cases

For anyone who has studied the law and knows how important juries are --- and how valued our founding fathers knew them to be --- they will recognize this as a just result. Below is a link to the online version of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution with the story:

Monday, March 22, 2010

A Decedent's Medical Records and HIPAA

Here's a link to a page on the AHIMA's Web site that discusses the proper ways to obtain a decedent's medical records in compliance with HIPAA, to wit:

In Tennessee, medical records must be supplied to a patient or his or her representative within 10 days of a written request seeking them. See T.C.A. § 63-2-101(a) (requiring medical records to be delivered within 10 days of a written request). A small estate can be opened up to have a personal representative appointed to sign the HIPAA authorization to accompany such a request. See id. at §§ 30-4-101 to -105 (the Tennessee Small Estates Act).

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Practice Tip: The Importance of an Order Being Final for Purposes of Appeal

Here is Chook v. Jones, No. W2008-02276-COA-R3-CV (Tenn. Ct. App. Mar. 17, 2010). It's a case from the Western Section of the Tennessee Court of Appeals that highlights how important it is to have a final order down for an appeals court to have jurisdiction. Here's a link to the case:

Monday, March 15, 2010

Medical Malpractice: Dismissal in Favor of Defendant Reversed

The Western Section of the Tennessee Court of Appeals just released its opinion in Taylor v. Lakeside Behavioral Health Sys., No. W2009-00914-COA-R3-CV (Tenn. Ct. App. Mar. 15, 2010). The Court reversed the trial court's dismissal of the plaintiffs' claims because it found that the amended complaint complied with applicable law as to notice pleading, among other things.

Here's a link to the opinion:

Products Liability Case: Plaintiffs' Claims Preempted

The Western Section of the Tennessee Court of Appeals just issued its opinion in Lake v. Memphis Landsmen, LLC, No. W2009-00526-COA-R3-CV (Tenn. Ct. App. Mar. 15, 2010). The Court held that the plaintiffs' claims, inter alia, were preempted by federal law. Here's a link to the opinion:

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Summary Judgment for Defendants Reversed

The Tennessee Court of Appeals just released its opinion in Landry v. S. Cumberland Amoco, No. E2009-01354-COA-R3-CV (Tenn. Ct. App. Mar. 10, 2010). The opinion discusses the proper standard for granting summary judgment and how the "cancellation rule" figures into the analysis.

Here's a link to the opinion:

Monday, March 01, 2010

Parliamentary Procedure

Have a question about parliamentary procedure? These two links might have some answers for you.

Practice Tip: Correct Result Based Upon Erroneous Grounds

Do you need a case that says even if the trial court's ruling is based upon erroneous grounds it will be allowed to stand because the court reached a correct result? You're in luck! Here are two, to wit:

Continental Cas. Co. v. Smith, 720 S.W.2d 48, 50 (Tenn. 1986) ("[we] will affirm a decree correct in result, but rendered upon different, incomplete, or erroneous grounds"); Shutt v. Blount, 249 S.W.2d 904, 907 (Tenn. 1952) ("if the Trial Judge reached the right result for the wrong reason, there is no reversible error").