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No Contract? No Problem – Quantum Meruit is Right for You!

No Contract? No Problem – Quantum Meruit is Right for You!

August 28, 2018

By: Jacob D. Strawn Agreements come in all shapes and sizes: agreements to work for a certain employer; agreements to perform a particular service; agreements to buy a certain product; agreements to rent a certain property, etc. However, where there are agreements, disagreements are sure to follow. As a lawyer, I hear one type of …Read More

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Kevin D. Bernstein Featured in The Tennessee Jury Verdict Reporter

August 24, 2018

Memphis attorney, Kevin D. Bernstein, is featured in the August 2018 edition of The Tennessee Jury Verdict Reporter.  Read the full recap here.

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Idiopathic Injuries

August 23, 2018

By: Courtney Paterson “An idiopathic injury is one that has an unexplained origin or cause, and generally does not arise out of the employment unless ‘some condition of the employment presents a peculiar or additional hazard.’” McCaffery v. Cardinal Logistics, No. 2015-08-0218, 2015 TN Wrk. Comp. App. Bd. LEXIS 50, at *9 (Tenn. Workers’ Comp. …Read More

Spicer Rudstrom, PLLC Announces New Managing Partner

August 8, 2018

Knoxville, TN – As the firm celebrates its 55th anniversary this year, Spicer Rudstrom, PLLC is pleased to announce that Clinton J. Woodfin has been elected to serve as Managing Partner. He succeeds Marc O. Dedman, who served as managing partner since 2013 and has decided to relinquish his position.   Marc remains with the firm …Read More

Laney K. Cabrera Joins Spicer Rudstrom, PLLC

August 2, 2018

Spicer Rudstrom, PLLC is pleased to announce the recent addition of Laney K. Cabrera to the Memphis office.  Her primary practice areas include Insurance Defense and Premises Liability. Laney is a 2016 graduate of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and a 2012 graduate of the University of Memphis.   During law …Read More

Spicer Rudstrom, PLLC Announces New Partner

August 1, 2018

Spicer Rudstrom, PLLC is pleased to announce the recent promotion of Jared S. Renfroe to partner.  A 2010 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law and a 2006 graduate of Lambuth University, Jared has been an associate with the firm for the past three years, primarily concentrating his practice in Workers’ Compensation and …Read More

An Unemployment Benefit Analysis of Misconduct

July 25, 2018

By: David Barry For the most part, most people reading this blog are not fond of or looking forward to the prospect of having to discuss, consider or participate in the process of terminating or being terminated from one’s employment. But the fact of the matter is that sometimes this outcome is unavoidable. When this …Read More

Is Your Company’s Liability Waiver Worth the Paper it’s Printed On?

July 18, 2018

By: Christopher Myatt Liability waivers are commonplace in modern society. We sign them as part of various agreements and before engaging in all sorts of activities. Nearly always, we sign away these substantive rights without giving it a moment’s thought. Moreover, summer camp operators, trampoline parks, and countless others ask parents to waive their children’s …Read More

Jared Renfroe Secures Victory for Client Using Rare Safety and Willful Misconduct Defenses

July 10, 2018

Jared Renfroe, an attorney in Spicer Rudstrom’s Memphis office, recently secured a defense judgment in favor of his client in the Tennessee Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims at Nashville. The decision was not appealed, so it has become a final judgment. The facts of the case involve a 10-year employee of a truck stop who …Read More

Don’t Spoil the Fun: The State of Spoliation in Tennessee

June 29, 2018

By: Jacob Strawn Following Gardner v. R & J Express, LLC As explained by Doug Bergeron, attorney in Spicer Rudstrom’s Knoxville office, the Tennessee Supreme Court, in Tathum v. Bridgestone Ams. Holding, Inc., 473 S.W.3d 734 (Tenn. 2015), held that intentional action is no longer a prerequisite for the imposition of sanctions against a party …Read More

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Remembering a Valuable Rule that can Limit the Use of Damaging Expert Witness Testimony at Trial

June 28, 2018

By: John Barry Most trial lawyers have had the unfortunate experience of having a disclosed and engaged medical doctor expert to deliver opinions or conclusions that are damaging to their side of the case when that expert is deposed by the adversary attorney.  When that occurs, the adverse counsel will doubtless want to read the …Read More

Enhanced Permanent Partial Disability Benefits

June 26, 2018

By: Courtney Paterson Tenn. Code Ann. § 50-6-242 – provides that in “extraordinary cases” in which the injured worker is entitled to increased benefits pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann. § 50-6-207(3)(B), the employee may be entitled to up to 275 weeks of benefits multiplied by his or her compensation rate instead of being awarded the …Read More

Shall We Race to the Title IX Office?

May 30, 2018

By: Darrick O’Dell College is a time of exploration and discovery in many young adults’ lives.  Vigorous study of Physics and Sociology often salted with alcohol-fueled socializing and awkward sexual encounters.  When you populate a community with young adults exploring their sexuality in a fashion often exacerbated by intoxicants, you find a hotbed of risk …Read More

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Why Do You Still Have All That Stuff? When and How to Purge Data

May 30, 2018

By: Julie-Karel Elkin On several occasions over the past few weeks I found myself asking, “why do they still have that data?” and there was never a good answer to my query.  In one case, the data being sought was over 10 years old, on a server from an old network, sitting under some dusty …Read More


May 24, 2018

By: Steve Collins If you want to be heard, don’t whistle into the wind.  From this common-sense observation comes the idiom “whistling in the wind.”  The meaning of that idiomatic phrase is that such an effort is all for not and is not calculated to effect any change. The exclusive way for a whistleblower lawsuit …Read More

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May 22, 2018

By: Albert McLean HISTORY OF E-AGREEMENTS  As more and more individuals and businesses utilize electronic commerce, more and more companies are using e‑signatures to execute agreements. To the “old school” folks who are still catching up with the advances of the computer age (like me), the question of the legality and enforceability of contracts executed …Read More

Chinese Telecom ZTE: The Story Behind the Recent Headlines

May 17, 2018

By: Jack Shelton Over the last several days, headlines have been made regarding the US Commerce Department’s sanctions against Chinese telecom giant, ZTE Corporation. In this article, we will provide a brief overview of the regulatory issues at play, and the facts of the case as reported by the US Commerce Department (to be clear, …Read More

Make Sure You Know the Law Before Packing Heat This Summer

May 3, 2018

By: David Barry With summer fast approaching, undoubtedly many reading this blog are preparing to travel for vacations or other recreational getaways across the country. For most if not all, this travel will involve crossing state lines. Some of those traveling may choose to travel with their firearms as well, whether for personal protection or …Read More

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Divorce Do’s and Don’ts: Things to Consider When Contemplating Divorce or if You are in the Middle of One

April 30, 2018

By: Nick Stevens     DO’S: 1.Be certain that divorce is what you want Ask yourself if your marriage is truly broken with no chance of saving it; or whether you can salvage the relationship and make your marriage work. Look down the road and consider how it would affect your family unit and kids …Read More

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Lance Thompson Featured in Paradigm Magazine

April 24, 2018

The 2018 Spring edition of Paradigm, a publication for International Society of Primerus Law Firms, includes a special feature by Lance Thompson. Read the full article here: Paradigm – Are Your Business Secrets Really a Secret?

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