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Federal Court Allows Shelby County Police Shooting Lawsuit to Proceed

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

If someone negligent or recklessly shoots you with a gun, you can file a personal injury lawsuit to seek compensation. But what happens when you are shot by the police? In that scenario, you may have a special legal remedy under 42 U.S.C. §1983, a federal statute that allows a person to file a… Read More »

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Understanding Tennessee’s One-Year Deadline to File Personal Injury Lawsuits

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

When you are injured in a car accident, the clock starts ticking right away on your time to bring a personal injury claim against the negligent driver. To be more precise, you normally have one year from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit and serve the defendant. While a court may… Read More »

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Calif. Judge Refuses to Order New Trial in Roundup Litigation

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

Earlier this year, a federal jury sitting in San Francisco federal court found Monsanto liable in a product liability alleging its popular weed-killer Roundup was a substantial factor in a California resident developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of cancer. The jury awarded the plaintiff $5 million in compensatory damages, plus another $75 in punitive… Read More »

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TN Court of Appeals Revives Asbestos-Mesothelioma Lawsuits

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

It has been well established that exposure to asbestos causes mesothelioma, a deadly form of lung cancer. Many Tennessee workers were exposed to asbestos during a time when it was used extensively in construction and industry. And even decades after the initial exposure, Tennessee courts continue to hear lawsuits against the companies responsible for… Read More »

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Teleflex Recalls Endotracheal Tubes Following 4 Reported Deaths

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

Manufacturers have a legal and ethical duty to recall dangerous and defective medical devices from the market. Ideally, such recalls are accomplished before any patient is seriously injured or killed by the device. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. FDA Notifies Consumers of Class I Recall On June 23, 2019, Teleflex Incorporated announced… Read More »

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Lawsuit Alleges Defective Hydraulic Lift Caused Electrical Worker’s Death

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

Product liability claims cover a wide range of cases involving dangerous and defective products. And it is important to understand Tennessee product liability laws do not just apply to consumer items sold on store shelves. It also applies to potentially lethal products used by individuals as part of their normal everyday jobs. For example,… Read More »

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When Is a Property Owner Liable for Failing to Clear Ice or Snow Following a Storm?

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

The question of when a property owner is legally responsible for an accident that occurs on its premises is often difficult to answer. As a basic rule, Tennessee courts have said a premises owner must first have “actual or constructive” notice of a dangerous condition that actually exists on the property. To put this… Read More »

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How Does Tennessee Law Protect Uninsured Accident Victims?

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

If you have been seriously injured in an accident, you may be faced with paying tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills, especially if you lack insurance. And even if you are able to recover some amount of damages in a personal injury claim against the person who caused your accident, that may… Read More »

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Supreme Court Allows Personal Injury Lawsuit Against TVA to Proceed

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

Personal injury against government agencies are often complicated by the legal principle of “sovereign immunity.” Essentially, you cannot sue the government unless it consents, typically through legislation waiving the immunity. At the federal level, for example, the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) allows victims of government employee negligence to file a personal injury claim,… Read More »

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Is a Store Owner Liable for a Customer Injured Off-Premises?

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It is not uncommon for personal injury claims to arise from a foreseeable injury that occurs on a business owner’s property. But what about a scenario where the injury occurs off-property but is in some way tied to the property owner’s failure to act? Does the injured victim still have a viable claim against… Read More »

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