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Tennessee Court of Appeals Allows Major Opioid Lawsuit to Proceed

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

In 2017, a group of Tennessee district attorneys sued a number of opioid manufacturers under the Drug Dealer Liability Act (DDLA). This is a state law that authorizes a court to award civil damages against any “person who knowingly participates in the illegal drug market” to the detriment of the community. Individual victims, as… Read More »

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Why Is It a Bad Idea to Represent Myself in a Personal Injury Case?

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

At some point you may have heard the proverb, “I hesitate not to pronounce, that every man who is his own lawyer, has a fool for a client.” The exact origin of this expression is unknown. But the sentiment is timeless. To put it another way, while every person has the legal right to… Read More »

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Tennessee Supreme Court Finds Psychiatrist Not Liable for Ex-Wife’s Suicide

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

Like any personal injury case, a wrongful death claim requires the plaintiff to establish the defendant’s negligence. Under Tennessee law, negligence requires proof the defendant had a “duty of care” to the plaintiff or victim that was then somehow breached. In a wrongful death case, it is also critical to establish this breach was… Read More »

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Tennessee Cities Look to Ban Electric Scooters Due to Safety Risk

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

Electric scooters have become a common sight in major cities in Tennessee and around the country in recent years. Scooter companies make it easy for customers to rent the devices using a smartphone app. But the rapid proliferation of electric scooters has also led to concerns about the risk of personal injury, both to… Read More »

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How Federal Law May Apply to a Boating Accident

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

If someone is injured in a boating accident, they have the same right to sue the negligent parties as someone involved in a car accident. However, boating accidents may invoke federal admiralty jurisdiction, which is a distinct body of law from state-based personal injury claims. Judge Awards Damages to Injured Bass Tournament Cameraman Following… Read More »

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Oklahoma Judge Orders Johnson & Johnson to Pay $572 Million for Role in Opioid Crisis

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

The nationwide opioid crisis continues to claim lives on a daily basis. We are only now seeing the first steps towards judicial accountability for the companies responsible for this epidemic. For instance, on August 26, a judge in Oklahoma held Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries had created a “public nuisance” through its marketing… Read More »

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TN Court of Appeals Revives Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

The federal law known as HIPAA protects the privacy and confidentiality of a patient’s medical records. In other words, your doctor cannot disclose any part of your medical record to another person without your consent. But if you later sue your doctor for medical malpractice, Tennessee law requires you sign a “HIPAA compliant medical… Read More »

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Tennessee Court of Appeals Allows Major Opioid Lawsuit to Proceed

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

In 2017, a group of Tennessee district attorneys sued a number of opioid manufacturers under the Drug Dealer Liability Act (DDLA). This is a state law that authorizes a court to award civil damages against any “person who knowingly participates in the illegal drug market” to the detriment of the community. Individual victims, as… Read More »

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Why Is It a Bad Idea to Represent Myself in a Personal Injury Case?

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

At some point you may have heard the proverb, “I hesitate not to pronounce, that every man who is his own lawyer, has a fool for a client.” The exact origin of this expression is unknown. But the sentiment is timeless. To put it another way, while every person has the legal right to… Read More »

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Tennessee State Not Liable for Death of Student During Football Practice

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

Every parent sends their child off to college hoping they will thrive and go on to succeed in life. So when a child tragically dies while participating in an officially sanctions school activity, the understandably shocked and grieving parents may seek to hold the university responsible via a personal injury lawsuit. Unfortunately, proving negligence… Read More »

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