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Thursday, July 01, 2021

Tennessee Appellate Practice: Jury Verdict for the Defense Upheld on Appeal Because It Was Supported by Material Evidence

The Tennessee Court of Appeals has issued its decision in Justice v. Hyatt, No. M2019-02105-COA-R3-CV (Tenn. Ct. App. June 30, 2021).  The syllabus from the slip opinion reads:

Two cars collided at a four-way stop. One driver filed a personal injury action against the other. At trial, the two sides presented conflicting descriptions of the accident. The jury found the defendant driver was not at fault. And the trial court, as thirteenth juror, approved the jury verdict. Because the jury verdict is supported by material evidence, we affirm. 

Here is a link to the slip opinion:

NOTE: This decision is a good refresher of the importance and effect Rule 13(d) of the Tennessee Rules of Appellate Procedure has on appeals of jury verdicts.  

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