Raybin Tennessee Supreme Court Hot List

Ben Raybin and David Raybin edit the Tennessee Supreme Court Hot List which will keep you informed about the recent grants of review in both civil and criminal cases and what it may mean to your practice.

The following list addresses all pending cases where review was granted in order of the date of grant of review. Since cases often involve multiple issues and the Court generally does not specify which ones are of concern, the issues identified below may not always be the ones addressed in the Court's opinions.


Enhanced Sentencing Notice

Case:  State v. Kevin Patterson Issue:  What information must be specified in the State’s  notice of intent to seek enhanced sentencing? Facts:  Defendant was found guilty of attempted second degree murder. The State filed a document … [Read more...]

Will Contests

Case:  In re Estate of J. Don Brock Issue:  Do will Contestants have standing to challenge a will if they will not benefit if it is set aside? Facts:  Contestants are five adopted children of Decedent. Decedent executed a 2013 Will … [Read more...]

Termination of Parental Rights

Case:  In re Jude D. Issue:  Was there sufficient proof that termination of parental rights was in the child’s best interests? Facts:  DCS placed Mother’s children in the custody of Foster Parents. The trial court found clear and … [Read more...]

Stock Valuation

Case:  Athlon Sports Comm. v. Stephen Duggan Issue:  Is the Delaware Block Method the proper way to value shares of stocks? Facts:  Athlon completed a merger which converted the minority dissenting shareholders’ shares into cash … [Read more...]

Divorce Injunctions

Case:  Rose Coleman v. Bryan Olson Issue:  What is the remedy when a spouse violates the automatic injunction resulting from a divorce petition? Facts:  Shortly after a divorce was filed, Wife changed her life insurance beneficiary from … [Read more...]

Good Faith Exception for Search Warrants

Cases:  State v. Lindsey Lowe and State v. Angela Daniel Issue:  When does the Exclusionary Rule Reform Act permit mistakes in the issuance and serving of search warrants? Facts:  Both of these unrelated cases contain errors relating to … [Read more...]

Severances, Transferred Intent, and Double Jeopardy

Case:  State of Tennessee v. Lajuan Harbison Issues: (1) When should co-defendants have separate trials? (2) Can transferred intent support a voluntary manslaughter conviction? (3) Can a person receive multiple convictions for … [Read more...]

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