2021 in Review: New Lawsuits in Davidson Circuit and General Session Courts were also Down

Last week, I wrote about how Bankruptcy Court debtor filings were at an all-time low in the Middle District of Tennessee. A few of you asked if there was a corresponding drop in Chancery, Circuit, and General Sessions filings. Maybe that’s why people weren’t running to file bankruptcy. Given the numbers in Bankruptcy Court, it’d … Continue reading “2021 in Review: New Lawsuits in Davidson Circuit and General Session Courts were also Down”

Year In Review: Is Anybody Filing Bankruptcy in Nashville?

A few days ago, a lawyer from Oklahoma City called to refer me a new case, and, at the end of the call, he asked “Is anybody filing bankruptcy in Nashville? There’s just nothing going on here. Are you hearing anything about when it’s coming back?” It’s a conversation I’ve had about 100 times over … Continue reading “Year In Review: Is Anybody Filing Bankruptcy in Nashville?”

The Future of Law Office Space? You Can Keep your 5 Year Lease, I’ll be at WeWork

I really love my office space, but I don’t talk about it much. I have space in a brand new building, right off Music Row. The office has every modern amenity you can dream of. Free wireless internet and utilities. 10 conference rooms, all set up for hi-tech video and audio. A variety of free … Continue reading “The Future of Law Office Space? You Can Keep your 5 Year Lease, I’ll be at WeWork”

Zillow’s Failure Hasn’t Slowed the Torrid Pace of All-Cash / No-Fuss Property Sales in Nashville

In the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic in June 2020, I bought a truck. And not just any truck, but a brand new 4×4 that was way bigger than the late model Nissan Leaf that I traded in. When we returned to a semblance of normal life in the spring of 2021 (i.e. when Courts … Continue reading “Zillow’s Failure Hasn’t Slowed the Torrid Pace of All-Cash / No-Fuss Property Sales in Nashville”

Nashville Bar Association’s Second Trial Court Opinion Is Live: Full Case Copies Found Here

For the past 6 months, I’ve served as an editor for the Nashville Bar Association’s Notable Trial Court Opinion newsletter. The purpose of this publication is to find interesting, novel, and useful opinions from the District Courts in the Middle District of Tennessee and from the trial courts in Davidson County, Tennessee. Specifically, my job … Continue reading “Nashville Bar Association’s Second Trial Court Opinion Is Live: Full Case Copies Found Here”

Pending Judicial Foreclosure: Williamson County residential property

This isn’t going to turn into a real estate listing blog, but a number of you have asked me to keep you posted when I set interesting properties for sale. Well, I’ve got an interesting one coming up for a Williamson County residential property in Concord Hunt (a very nice neighborhood) that will be sold … Continue reading “Pending Judicial Foreclosure: Williamson County residential property”

Foo Fighters’ Nashville Lawsuit provides important lesson on allocating risks in contracts

When COVID first hit, lawyers talked about how future contracts would evolve to anticipate the special challenges presented by a global pandemic. Now, 19 months in, a new Davidson County Chancery lawsuit filed on behalf of the Foo Fighters shows that–even with all the planning in the world–COVID is still disrupting the best laid plans. … Continue reading “Foo Fighters’ Nashville Lawsuit provides important lesson on allocating risks in contracts”

Can the failure to respond to Admissions be fixed? New Court of Appeals opinion says “Maybe.”

As a young lawyer, one of the worst tasks I was ever given was to cover a hearing on a motion to deem admissions admitted, where the other lawyer appeared to have simply overlooked the deadline to respond. Requests for admission are, basically, what they sound like. One party in a lawsuit sends another party … Continue reading “Can the failure to respond to Admissions be fixed? New Court of Appeals opinion says “Maybe.””

Can a party ask for Rule 60 relief on its own agreed judgment?

Yesterday, the Tennessee Court of Appeals issued an opinion on whether a party can ask that their own “agreed” judgment be set aside under Rule 60 of the Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure. It’s an interesting factual scenario, and the opinion provides a good recap of the law regarding Rule 60.02 relief. The case is … Continue reading “Can a party ask for Rule 60 relief on its own agreed judgment?”

Who knew Pineapple Express had such technically accurate legal scenes?

Service of process can drive me and my clients crazy. Before filing the lawsuit, I am in total control of all aspects of the timing of the case, from the initial review to filing the Complaint. But, once I file the complaint and send it to be served on the defendant, we are sometimes at … Continue reading “Who knew Pineapple Express had such technically accurate legal scenes?”