New Tennessee Law Allows Judgments from Foreign Countries to be Enforced in State

A few years ago, I asked the question “How ‘Foreign’ can a foreign judgment be and still be entitled to domestication?“ In that post, I considered whether a a truly foreign judgment, i.e. one entered by a different country, could be domesticated and enforced in a state court, whether under state law (i.e. the Uniform … Continue reading “New Tennessee Law Allows Judgments from Foreign Countries to be Enforced in State”

Listen to the Judges

One of the benefits of practicing law for nearly two decades is that, by this time, I know the judges. I’ve either appeared in front of them dozens of times or, just as likely, I know them personally after spending years dealing with them when they were just regular lawyers. Now, this isn’t to suggest … Continue reading “Listen to the Judges”

341: Bluff City Law, Ep. 3: What’s with all the Ribs?

Last week, I talked about the latest episode of Bluff City Law, the legal drama set in Memphis, my old hometown. I got enough positive feedback to offer my comments about Episode 3, 25 Years to Life. My quick thoughts follow: They didn’t teach Geography in law school. One of my criticisms last week was … Continue reading “341: Bluff City Law, Ep. 3: What’s with all the Ribs?”

341: My Review of Bluff City Law: How is Memphis a real place that exists?

I was born and raised in Memphis, and it remains my favorite city in the world. It’s a city full of weird, interesting, and incredibly genuine people. After going to law school in Knoxville for 3 years and living in Nashville for the past 20 years, I’ve heard all the criticisms that the rest of … Continue reading “341: My Review of Bluff City Law: How is Memphis a real place that exists?”

Text Messages Can Create an Enforceable Contract for the Sale of Land in Tennessee

In Tennessee, an agreement for the sale of land must be in writing in order to be enforceable, pursuant to Tennessee’s version of the Statute of Frauds. Specifically, pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann. § 29-2-101(a)(4), the agreement “shall be in writing, and signed by the party to be charged therewith…” So, of course that includes your … Continue reading “Text Messages Can Create an Enforceable Contract for the Sale of Land in Tennessee”

Res Judicata Part 2: What about Bankruptcy Court?

Remember a few months ago, when I talked about the concept of res judicata in Tennessee and how, in some situations, a smart plaintiff will include all relevant causes of action in its initial action? That way, the plaintiff may be able to avoid re-litigating similar issues later. In that post, I noted that it … Continue reading “Res Judicata Part 2: What about Bankruptcy Court?”

Foreclosure Buyer Buys a Billion Dollar Property for $100k! (Sort of.)

If you’re looking to get rich off foreclosures, let me tell you about the guy in California who bought a billion dollar property for $100k….  I’m talking about this New York Times story, subtitled: “Did someone really walk into an auction and buy the priciest piece of real estate in California for $100,000? Well, yes … Continue reading “Foreclosure Buyer Buys a Billion Dollar Property for $100k! (Sort of.)”

341: In 2019, you don’t want to be called any of these: Developer; Bachelor Bro; Lawyer; Podcaster.

“How ‘Developer’ Became Such a Dirty Word.” That’s the title of this New York Times article, talking about the  impact of opportunistic development throughout the boroughs (spoiler alert: it’s not good). The developers are coming. They’ve got the politicians in their pockets and the gaudy architectural plans in their hands. They will gorge on the entire city. … Continue reading “341: In 2019, you don’t want to be called any of these: Developer; Bachelor Bro; Lawyer; Podcaster.”

Economic Loss Doctrine Prevents Double-Dipping in Damages

Sometimes I use this blog as a notepad for obscure legal theories that I’m going to use later. Like this one, on the “economic loss doctrine.” If you have a plaintiff who sues you both for breach of contract damages and for tort damages arising out of the same transaction, you may be able to … Continue reading “Economic Loss Doctrine Prevents Double-Dipping in Damages”

341: Lawyers Doing Good Matters

My law firm recently met with a public relations group, who gave us the pitch on all the things they could do for us, including beefing up our presence on LinkedIn, posting special interest stories on our corporate Facebook page, and more Twitter updates. After this week of front page stories and national press, I’m … Continue reading “341: Lawyers Doing Good Matters”