Thompson Burton adds partner

Veteran attorney to focus on bankruptcy, receivership, distressed asset matters
Apr 21, 2014 7:00 AM
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Employment litigation reforms on their way to Haslam

Amid their late-session surge in activity, state lawmakers this week passed a bill reforming several aspects of workplace-related litigation. Among other things, the changes cap compensatory damages that can be awarded — aligning state statutes with their federal counterparts — and streamlines the path for whistleblower claims. Baker Donelson attorneys Ben Bodzy and Larry Eastwood, who drafted most of the legislation, have a summary here.

Under the new legislation, an employee may only proceed under the statutory claim, which requires the employee to prove that the alleged whistleblowing was the "sole cause" of the termination.  This effectuates the legislature's "sole cause" standard already incorporated into the TPPA, and it prevents employees from invoking the common law's lower causation standard.  The effect of this legislation will be to facilitate the defense of questionable whistleblower claims.

SEE ALSO: The bill summary from The General Assembly's website

Apr 18, 2014 12:27 PM

Healthways paying $9.5M to settle Minnesota contract spat

Insurer in '08 brought Franklin company's contract to early end
Apr 18, 2014 6:32 AM

Gullett Sanford names member

Veteran attorney focuses on real estate, banking law
Apr 17, 2014 11:50 AM
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Waller adds restructuring practice chair to board

Nashville partner first joined firm in '02
Apr 17, 2014 10:49 AM

Crownover firm adds real estate specialist

Music Row-based law firm Crownover Blevins has recruited real estate attorney Phil Irwin as of counsel. Irwin grew up in Maryland, where he also was a real estate broker and still owns a title company. He brings Crownover's attorney roster to five. The firm also said Charity Asher has come on board as executive assistant and that it has moved its offices from the second floor to the third floor of its 54 Music Square East home.

Apr 17, 2014 7:04 AM

New Life Lodge owner to pay $9M+ fraud settlement

Whistleblower had sued alleging TennCare fraud
Apr 16, 2014 2:52 PM

Two named partner at Baker Donelson

Attorneys joined firm in '04 and '06
Apr 16, 2014 7:31 AM

Reining in the patent trolls

State lawmakers on Monday sent to Gov. Bill Haslam a bill that will hit with damages and costs entities filing bad-faith patent infringement cases — so called "patent trolls" — against Tennessee companies. A trio of Bass Berry & Sims attorneys has some insights on the legislation.

Under the bill, intended recipients of communications that meet any of these requirements may file suit in any Tennessee circuit or chancery court. Those who prevail shall be awarded litigation costs and fees, including attorneys’ fees, and may be awarded actual damages as well as punitive damages equal to three times the amount of actual damages. In addition, the office of the attorney general is empowered to enforce the bill through its investigative and prosecutorial authority.

Apr 15, 2014 2:11 PM

Ex-bar president, Sherrard practice leader form new litigation firm

Duo to work with 'a lot of the same clients'
Apr 15, 2014 12:53 PM
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