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  • State Sen Jack Johnson (TN) 10:18 am on July 3, 2012 Permalink |
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    Tennessee passes ‘loser pays’ tort reform law to end frivolous lawsuits

    Bill: HB3124/SB2638 (Public Ch. No.1046) (PDF)

    Sponsored by Sen. Jack Johnson and Rep. Vance Dennis, and signed into law by Gov. Haslam, HB3124/SB2638 (Public Ch. No.1046) requires the court in a civil case, on a trial court’s granting of a motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim upon which relief may be granted, to award costs and reasonable and necessary attorney’s fees incurred in the proceedings as a consequence of the dismissed claims to the party against whom the dismissed claims were pending. According to the new law, a judge in a civil case must assess the litigation costs to a party who successfully seeks dismissal of a claim that does not have a basis in fact or law (a frivolous lawsuit). Recoverable costs include reasonable and necessary attorney fees and are capped at $10,000.

    Also: “Tennessee’loser pays’ bill gets final approval”

    “Tennessee Adopts New ‘Loser Pays’ Rule”

  • State Sen Jack Johnson (TN) 12:13 am on May 4, 2012 Permalink |
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    Tennessee passes abstinence-based sex education by overwhelming margins

    Bill: SB3310/HB3621 (PDF)

    Sponsored by Sen. Jack Johnson, Rep. Jim Gotto, et al., and signed into law by Gov. Bill Haslam, SB3310/HB3621 provides for abstinence-based sex education in Tennessee public schools. Teachers or special interest groups that promote teen sexual activity are subject to legal damages, court costs, and a civil fine of up to $500.

    Also: “Tennessee governor signs abstinence education bill into law”

    “Tennessee passes abstinence-centered sexual education bill”

    “Gateway sexual activity’ spurs legislator debate, national attention”

    “Abstinence-centered sexual education bill heads to governor for signature”

    “Abstinence and Sex Ed policy by state”

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