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Court of Appeals Affirms Trial Court, Plaintiff’s 1987 Judgment Now Worth $172,000.00. Reese v. Amari, 2020 Tenn. App. LEXIS 370 (Tenn. Ct. App., Aug. 18, 2020). Original judgment for $39,886.00 awarded to plaintiff in 1987. bhd was hired to revive and collect the judgment 30 years
later in 2018. The defendant sought to set aside the judgment as void, but the trial court ruled for the plaintiff and the defendant appealed. The court of appeals affirmed the trial court and determined the judgment, now worth $172,000.00, was valid.


Motorcycle Crash Settles for $950,000.00. Retired plaintiff was driving his motorcycle on Bear Creek Pike in Maury County, Tennessee when he was hit from behind by a work truck causing significant injuries. bhd filed suit on behalf of the plaintiff and his wife and settled the case at mediation in 2020 for $950,000.00.


Slip and Fall Case Settles for $200,000.00. Plaintiff was shopping at a Lawrence County, Tennessee retail store when she slipped on a substance in the floor sustaining numerous injuries. The plaintiff and her husband hired bhd to investigate the incident and prepare the case for trial. Ultimately, the matter was settled at mediation in 2020 for $200,000.00.• Court of Appeals Reverses Trial Court in Wrongful Death Case, Plaintiffs’ Claims Allowed to Proceed to Trial. Sherrer ex rel. Lilly S. v. Cleghorn, 2018 Tenn. App. LEXIS 554 (Tenn. Ct. App., Sept. 20, 2018). Decedent was killed when his vehicle collided with a bull in the roadway. Decedent’s widow and minor children hired bhd to represent them against the farmer who negligently allowed his cattle to escape. The trial court granted summary judgment to the defendant farmer, but bhd appealed. The Court of Appeals reversed the trial court’s decision, finding bhd and their clients had presented sufficient evidence of disputed material facts, and the case was allowed to proceed. The matter was ultimately settled prior to trial.


Maury County Car Wreck Settles for $250,000.00. Plaintiff and his wife were traveling southbound on Highway 43 in Columbia, Tennessee when the defendant attempted to cross the highway and crashed into their vehicle, causing significant damage and injuries. The plaintiffs hired bhd to represent them, and the case was settled in 2019 for $250,000.00.


Products Liability Case Settles for $315,000.00. Plaintiff farmer was injured when his clothing became tangled in a piece of farm equipment. The plaintiff hired bhd to file suit against the equipment manufacturer, and the case was settled in 2016 for $315,000.00


Court of Appeals Reverses Trial Court in Probate Dispute, Widow’s $230,000.00 Claim Valid. Ethridge v. Estate of Ethridge, 427 S.W.3d 389 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2013). Plaintiff widow hired Mr. Boston and bhd to file a claim against her deceased husband’s estate after executing a prenuptial agreement purportedly prohibiting same. The trial court dismissed the plaintiff’s claim as invalid and void, but bhd appealed. The Court of Appeals reversed the trial court, finding the widow’s claim was not facially void and that the defendant estate failed to timely file an exception. Thus, the widow’s claim was valid, resulting in a $230,000.00 payment to the widow by the estate.


Court of Appeals Affirms $2.9 Million Personal Injury Award, Largest Jury Verdict Ever Awarded in Giles County. Johnson v. Torrington Co., 2012 Tenn. App. LEXIS 400 (Tenn. Ct. App. June 19, 2012). The plaintiff was severely injured while working on the premises of his employer. Because the employer was immune from tort liability under Tennessee’s workers’ compensation statute, the employee named two other companies as defendants whose equipment was involved in the accident. After a five-day trial, the jury found that the employer was solely at fault for the plaintiff’s injuries, resulting in no award for the plaintiff. The plaintiff moved for new trial, which the trial court acting as 13th juror granted, finding the verdict to be against the weight of the evidence. The case was tried before a second jury, which reached a different verdict—finding one of the defendant companies 90 percent at fault, resulting in a net verdict for the plaintiff of $2,925,000. The defendant appealed, but the Court of Appeals affirmed the jury verdict and judgment based on it. This is believed to be the largest collectable jury verdict ever awarded in the 22nd Judicial District (Giles, Maury, Wayne, and Lawrence Counties).


Former Employee Awarded $700,000.00 in Contract Dispute. Brown v. Columbia Precast, LLC, 2011 Tenn. App. LEXIS 395 (Tenn. Ct. App. July 21, 2011). Employee earned an ownership interest in the employer company based on a service time agreement. The employee and company later entered into a second contract, which the company contended replaced employee’s ownership agreement. The plaintiff employee hired bhd to file suit against the company, resulting in a $700,760.00 judgment awarded by the trial court. The decision was affirmed by the Court of Appeals.


Workers’ Compensation Panel Affirms Trial Court, Employee Awarded Permanent Total Disability Benefits. Johnson v. Randstad N. Am., L.P., 2011 Tenn. LEXIS 866 (Tenn. Ct. App. Sept. 8, 2011).