Supreme Court finds injury arose in the course and scope of employment after Employee quit job.

By: Connor Sestak

In a case of first impression, the Tennessee Supreme Court Special Workers Compensation Panel (“Panel”) in Duck v. Cox Oil Co.,  2017 Tenn. LEXIS 734 (June 19, 2017), found that Employee’ injury, which occurred immediately after she announced that she was quitting, arose in the course and scope of her employment.

Motion for Summary Judgment: An Arrow Back in the Defense’s Quiver?

By: Patricia J. Baxter and Nate R. Bohlander

Is the motion for summary judgment arrow back in the defense bar’s quiver for defect and failure to warn claims?  The Pennsylvania products liability law landscape has been in constant flux since the seminal Tincher v. Omega Flex, Inc., 628 Pa. 296 (Pa. 2014) decision.  One of the starkest changes was the supposed death of the motion for summary judgment as an exit strategy. 

Supreme Court Affirms Denial and Reaffirms Burden of Proof for Employees

By: Duane Willis

In a case handled by B. Duane Willis of Morgan & Akins, Joseph Kolby Willis v. All Staff, 2017 Tenn. LEXIS 455 (August 7, 2017), the Tennessee Supreme Court Special Workers Compensation Panel affirmed the dismissal of a claim as not work related, and restated again the burden of proof the employee must carry when trying to prove causation on a claim.