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$490,000.00 Settlement Reached in Sexual Harassment case

A large national company paid a settlement of $490,000.00 to settle a sexual harassment case that was litigated for almost two years by attorney Jason Lee.  There were numerous motions, depositions and lengthy discovery completed in the case in order to maximize the value of the case for our client.  Our client reviewed our legal work as follows:

I did not know where to turn when faced with the nightmare of sexual harassment in the workplace-but all it took was speaking to Jason once and all my fears melted away.
I knew I was in good hands.  (We just WON btw)

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Significant Multi Six Figure Settlement Reached in Upskirt Photos Case!

Attorney Jason Lee recently successfully concluded a case against a major national retailer for a situation where our client had upskirt photos taken of her while shopping.  This case was heavily litigated and resulted in a very significant settlement for our client.  Our client provided the following review of Attorney Jason Lee:

I contacted several lawyers regarding an upskirt situation that occurred and I am so glad I chose Jason Lee. No doubt, the best lawyer you can get! He is honest, professional, and prompt whenever you need to get in contact with him. I always knew what was going on in my case and understood everything that was happening because of how thorough and excellent Jason would explain. I am very happy with how my case was handled and the end result. I highly recommend Jason Lee to anyone looking for an outstanding attorney!

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Another Significant Sexual Harassment Settlement for Client

We recently obtained a significant sexual harassment settlement for a case pending in Davidson County, Tennessee.  This case was litigated including extensive written discovery and document production.  Also, multiple depositions were taken, putting significant pressure on the employer to answer for their sexually harassing behavior.  This resulted in a very significant settlement award that was obtained at a mediation.

This client reviewed us online and stated the following:

After working with Jason Lee over the past 13 months I have absolutely no regrets in hiring him to represent me. This was my first experience with this type of lawsuit and he always made sure I understood everything completely and was always patient with any questions and/or concerns I had. He was also always prompt when returning emails or phone calls. Without a doubt, throughout this case, I knew that Jason was fighting for me, not just because it’s his job but because he legitimately cared. I strongly recommend him for legal needs.

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Six-Figure Settlement Obtained for Client in Sexual Harassment Case Against National Employer

We recently obtained a very significant six-figure settlement against a large national employer in a severe sexual harassment case.  This case was settled prior to the filing of a lawsuit.  The facts and evidence were clearly outlined and provided to the employer and they settled in order to avoid a lawsuit.  Our client provided the following review of our legal work in this case:

Jason was AMAZING in my case. He is very knowledgeable and aggressive when it regards his clients rights! He always stayed in contact with me and let me know what was going on step by step! Jason got me a large settlement without even having to file suit! I would recommend him to ANYONE that has a sexual harassment in the work place issue!!!

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Significant Sexual Harassment Settlement Obtained for Client Against Construction Company

We obtained a very significant settlement for our client in a severe sexual harassment case against a construction company.  The terms of the settlement are confidential, however, our client obtained a very significant monetary settlement rightbefore trial.  This case was heavily litigated through depositions and motions for summary judgment in order to maximize the value to our client.  Shortly before trial, the company significantly increased their settlement offer, resolving the case before trial.

Our client offered these comments about our work on this matter:

“HONEST.  He never kept me waiting. I didn’t trust attorneys, but then I met him. He will fight for you as if you were one of his own. We won even more money that we originally expected. I didn’t know that such an honest, sincere person could also be equally as aggressive and passionate until i met him. I lost the feeling of powerlessness when he sat down next to me, across the table from my used to be employer owner/millionaire. My life is forever changed due to his hard work and compassion.”

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Tennessee Supreme Court Overturns COA Dedmon case – Key Decision for Personal Injury cases on Medical Bill Evidence

The Tennessee Supreme Court issued a very important decision recently on the appeal in the Dedmon case.  Many people have been waiting on this decision from the plaintiff’s side and the defendant’s side.  The Dedmon case was the case where the Tennessee Court of Appeals ruled that defendants, in personal injury cases, could introduce evidence of the discounted amounts accepted by health providers or paid by insurance companies.  I previously blogged on this prior ruling here.

The Tennessee Supreme Court reversed the key part of the prior Tennessee Court of Appeals decision today.  The key part in the new case (and a good summary of the current status of the law on this issue) is the following:

In sum, we hold that the definition of “reasonable charges” under the Hospital Lien Act set forth in West v. Shelby County Healthcare Corp., 459 S.W.3d 33 (Tenn. 2014), does not apply directly to determinations of “reasonable medical expenses” in personal injury cases; the West definition of “reasonable charges” is limited in application to interpretation of the Hospital Lien Act……

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Impact of Divorce on Terms in a Will that Benefit the Former Spouse in Tennessee

When a Will is executed by someone, and then they are later divorced, the divorce revokes any benefits that were going to go to the former spouse under the Will.  This revocation is automatic and by statute that was passed by the Tennessee legislature.  T.C.A. § 32-1-202(a) provides as follows:

(a) If after executing a will the testator is divorced or the testator’s marriage annulled, the divorce or annulment revokes any disposition or appointment of property made by the will to the former spouse, any provision conferring a general or special power of appointment on the former spouse, and any nomination of the former spouse as executor, trustee, conservator or guardian, unless the will expressly provides otherwise.

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Sexual Harassment and Sexually Hostile Work Environment Claims in Tennessee – General Overview

Sexual Harassment and Sexually Hostile Work Environment claims are both recognized in Tennessee under state law and federal Law (pursuant to Title VII).  These are very significant claims often involving the harassment of a female by a male supervisor or co-worker.  The standards for an employer’s liability are different under each of those scenarios (this will be discussed in a subsequent blog post on this topic).  It is important to note that Tennessee courts often look to federal law for guidance on interpretation of Tennessee’s own discrimination statutes, because they are so similar.

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Should You Add Your Children to Your Financial Accounts When You Need Financial Assistance Later in Life?

A significant number of older individuals in Tennessee add one or more of their children to their bank accounts to help them manage their finances. They often do this as joint owners with right of survivorship in order to have them help to pay the bills and to take care of other matters late in life. This can be an option that sounds very appealing. However, doing this is a major problem and can cause devastating financial consequences that are completely unintended.

When someone adds another person as a joint owner on the account, any judgments that the other person obtains against them, could lead to collection efforts against your bank account. Once the other person is an owner, they are an owner of your account for all purposes. For instance, if one of your children gets into a serious car accident and severely injures or kills someone else, but they have insufficient insurance coverage to pay for the damages, then the injured party could obtain a judgment against them. They could then execute against your account to pay the judgment.

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There is No Claim for Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress on Solely Property Damage Loss Cases in Tennessee

The Tennessee Court of Appeals in Richard Lane, et al v. Estate of Gary K. Leggett, No. M2016-00448-COA-R3-CV, 2017 WL 1176982 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2017) discussed whether a Plaintiff can recover for Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress for a claim that involves only property damage. In this case, the Plaintiff owned a business in White House, Tennessee. The Defendant rear-ended a vehicle and left the roadway at a high rate of speed, causing his car to run into the building that contained the Plaintiff’s business. The vehicle struck a gas meter which resulted in a significant fire and caused a complete loss of the Plaintiff’s business. The Plaintiff was not actually at the property at the time of the loss, but he returned shortly thereafter and witnessed the fire at his business.

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