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Monday, April 05, 2021

New Case on Attorney Signature to Complaint: Trial Court's Dismissal Reversed on Appeal Because Signature Complied with Tenn. R. Civ. P. 11

The Tennessee Court of Appeals recently issued its decision in Smith v. Gonzalez, No. W2019-02028-COA-R3-CV (Tenn. Ct. App. Apr. 1, 2021).  The syllabus from the slip opinion reads:

This appeal involves a challenge to the trial court’s dismissal of Plaintiff’s complaint. Specifically, Plaintiff contends that the trial court erred in finding that his complaint was deficient per the signature requirements in Rule 11.01(a) of the Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure. For the reasons stated herein, we reverse the trial court’s dismissal of Plaintiff’s complaint and conclude it is in compliance with the requirements of Rule 11.01. 

Here is link to the slip opinion:

NOTE: I am surprised this appeal had to happen.  Lawyers sign for other lawyers "by permission" all . . . the . . . time!  Glad the Tennessee Court of Appeals got this one right.  

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