Supreme Court Opinions

Format: 02/26/2017
Format: 02/26/2017
Premium Finance Corp. vs. Crump Ins. Ser. of Memphis et al
02S01-9711-CV-00095
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Shelby County Supreme Court 10/26/98
The City of White House vs. Whitley
01S01-9711-CH-00259
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Sumner County Supreme Court 10/12/98
In re: Guy S. Davis v. Board of Professional Responsibility
01S01-9801-BP-00006
Authoring Judge: Chief Justice E. Riley Anderson
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The incidents both involved physical altercations, one of which resulted in Davis’s conviction for simple assa ult. This matter is before the Court to determine whether the respondent, Guy S. Davis, should be held in contempt for practicing law after the entry of a thirty-day temporary suspension.

Davidson County Supreme Court 07/06/98
W. Hudson Connery, Jr., et al., v. Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corporation, et al.
01A01-9709-CH-00529
Authoring Judge: Justice William C. Koch, Jr.
Trial Court Judge: Chancellor Irvin H. Kilcrease, Jr.
Davidson County Supreme Court 07/01/98
W. Huson Connery, Jr., et al. vs. Columbia/HCA Helathcare Corporation, et al. - Concurring
01A01-9709-CH-00529
Authoring Judge: Judge Henry F. Todd
Trial Court Judge: Chancellor Irvin H. Kilcrease, Jr.

Twenty former employees of “HealthTrust,” a ____________ sued  HealthTrust and its “successor in interest,” Columbia Health Care Corporation, to recover share of stock (or the value thereof) which they had  purchased with earned bonuses and for the value of shares of stock due some of the plaintiffs due them upon discharge. Two of the plaintiffs nonsuited, leaving eighteen.

Davidson County Supreme Court 07/01/98
Alexander, et. al. vs. Inman
01S01-9705-CH-00103
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Davidson County Supreme Court 06/22/98
Hazel Coln and Carl Coln vs. City of Savannah, TN
02S01-9702-CV-00008
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Trial Court Judge: Julian P. Guinn
Supreme Court 03/30/98
Swafford, M.D., vs. Harris, et. al.
01S01-9612-FD-00248
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Supreme Court 03/16/98
Cunningham vs. Shelton Security Service, et. al
01S01-9701-CH-00011
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Davidson County Supreme Court 12/22/97
Hutton vs. Johnson
01S01-9705-CH-00101
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Trial Court Judge: James L. Weatherford
Giles County Supreme Court 11/17/97
02S01-9605-CH-00049
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Supreme Court 12/23/96
01S01-9511-CH-00211
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Supreme Court 12/23/96
02S01-9509-CH-00084
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Supreme Court 10/28/96
Frank L. White v. Hubert A. McBride, Executor - Cocurring
02S01-9510-PB-00104
Authoring Judge: Justice Frank F. Drowota, III
Trial Court Judge: Judge Leonard Pierotti

This case presents the question of whether the plaintiff, attorney Frank White,may recover attorney’s fees from the estate of Kasper McGrory. This broad question may, in turn, be divided into two specific subissues: (1) whether the contingency fee contract between White and McGrory is “clearly excessive” under Disciplinary Rule 2-106 of the Code of Professiona Responsibility, Tenn. Sup. Ct. R. 8, and is, thus, unenforceable; and (2) if the contingency fee contract is unenforceable, whether White may, nevertheless, recover attorney’s fees on a quantum meruit basis. For the reasons that follow, we hold that the contract is unenforceable and that White is not entitled to recover under the theory of quantum meruit. Because the probate court and the Court of Appeals held that White could not recover under the contract, but could recover on a quantum meruit basis, we reverse the latter part of the judgment.

Shelby County Supreme Court 09/03/96
Christopher v. Sockwell
01S01-9408-CV-00090
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Supreme Court 05/28/96
State of Tennessee v. David Edward Howington
01S01-9407-CC-00073
Authoring Judge: Justice Adolpho A. Birch, Jr.
Trial Court Judge: Judge John A. Gasaway

The district attorney general refused to honor an informal immunity agreement1 made with David Edward Howington, the defendant. The reason stated for this refusal was the prosecutor's perception that Howington had not fulfilled his part of the bargain; that is, he had not testified truthfully at his preliminary hearing. He was subsequently tried and convicted of first-degree (felony) murder; he received a life sentence.

Montgomery County Supreme Court 10/09/95