Tennessee Court of Appeals Confirms Forum Selection Clauses are Enforceable in Tennessee Contracts
The Tennessee Court of Appeals recently discussed forum selection clauses found in contracts. These are clauses that select the jurisdiction and court that will handle any disputes involving the contract. The case of The Cohn Law Firm v. YP Southeast Advertising & Publishing, LLC, 2015 WL 3883242 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2015) involved a dispute between a plaintiff attorney law firm and an advertising company. The plaintiff’s attorney sued the advertising company in Shelby County Chancery Court over the dispute. The defendant advertising company filed a Motion to Dismiss alleging that this jurisdiction was inappropriate due to a forum selection clause in the contract. The contract between the plaintiff’s attorney law firm and the defendant provided that any lawsuit pertaining to the agreement should only be filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia or the Superior Court of Dekalb County, Georgia. (The Cohn Law Firm at 2). This contract was signed by the plaintiff attorney.
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