42 TAM 28, July 10, 2017

Blue ribbon task force looks at juvenile crime in Tennessee

Tennessee lawmakers could continue mulling the creation of a state department of juvenile justice during the General Assembly’s 2018 session. Tennessee’s new Juvenile Justice Realignment Task Force (JJRTF) will undertake a comprehensive review of the state’s juvenile justice system.

Highlights

Supreme Court

•Supreme Court holds that plaintiff need not provide HIPAA-compliant authorization when single healthcare provider is given pre-suit notice of healthcare liability claim. For the full text, click here.

Court of Appeals

•Court of Appeals reverses grant of summary judgment to county emergency communications district and city police department in wrongful death action in which plaintiff alleged defendants refused to send help when plaintiff called to report that her daughter was making suicidal threats and, as result, daughter committed suicide later that same night. For the full text, click here.

•Court of Appeals, in suit against attorney and his law firm who, in preparing closing documents, failed to procure release of first lien and to procure title insurance, reverses finding against defendants on TCPA claim, but affirms award against defendants for negligent misrepresentation. For the full text, click here.

•Court of Appeals, in affirming termination of parental rights on basis of wanton disregard for child’s welfare, says father need not know with 100% certainty that he is child’s father for his actions to potentially constitute wanton disregard for child’s welfare — father only need know that he had sex with child’s mother and that she became pregnant. For the full text, click here.

•Court of Appeals says lack of interest in rehabilitation on part of economically disadvantaged spouse does not alone entitle that spouse to long-term alimony and remands case for court to make findings as to whether rehabilitation is feasible. For the full text, click here.

Court of Criminal Appeals

•Court of Criminal Appeals holds Drug-Free School Zone Act did not apply to defendant’s conviction for facilitation of delivery of .5 gram or more of cocaine within drug-free school zone or his two convictions for attempted delivery of .5 gram or more of cocaine within drug-free school zone. For the full text, click here.