The office of Attorney General Bob Cooper has filed suit against HRC Medical, the multi-state chain of hormone replacement therapy clinics run by brothers Don and Dan Hale. The state is accusing the company of, among other things, endangering patients by using excessive treatment doses and — shades of meningitis here — using a pharmacy in the Northeast with a history of quality issues. Jennifer Kraus at NewsChannel 5 has the full story, which includes these details.
According to the complaint, Dr. Hale, who claimed to be an expert in hormone therapy, got most of his training from a two-day conference. The lawsuit claims that HRC's therapy program was created with an unlicensed medical assistant who had no formal training, just a medical assistant's certificate from the Nashville Court Reporting Academy.
Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper has filed an appeal contesting the $30 million agreement to share Fisk University's Stieglitz art collection with the Crystal Bridges Museum in Arkansas. Cooper says rulings by Davidson County Chancery Court and the Tennessee Court of Appeals judges approving the sale could have an impact on the management of other charitable gifts throughout Tennessee.
There's nothing really new here, but a close read will give tax attorneys an opportunity to debate. The Tennessee Attorney General's Office has responded to lawmakers' questions about whether Amazon's Tennessee operations and plans will allow it to be exempted from collecting sales taxes.
From the AG's opinion:
"The Commissioner's exercise of discretion is particularly appropriate when the enforcement of a tax may be debatable and must be balanced and coordinated with the Commissioner's other duties and priorities in administering all of the taxes entrusted to him. The Commissioner may also take into account the likelihood and expense of litigation his actions are likely to provoke, particularly given that Tennessee law allows potentially significant awards of attorneys fees and expenses against the non-prevailing party in tax litigation, as well as the broader precedential ramifications of a decision being rendered that is adverse to the state."
Here's a reaction from a coalition of the state's brick-and-mortar retailers.