Selected Case History

1.  Davidson County Circuit Court, Case No. 20C740, Vonhartman v. Butterton

-Causes of Action: Libel, Slander, Malicious Prosecution

-Time to dismissal: Ten weeks from filing of Complaint

-Result: Dismissal With Prejudice (Motion to Dismiss and TPPA Petition to Dismiss Granted)

-Discovery: No (dismissal pre-discovery)

-Liability avoided: $750,000.00 (0/$750,000.00 million recovered)

-Fee-shift: Yes (Plaintiff paid Defendant $26,500.00 fee-shifting award for attorney’s fees, sanctions, and discretionary costs in addition to court costs)

 

2.  Davidson County Circuit Court, Case No. 17C295, Loftis v. Rayburn

-Causes of Action: Defamation by Implication/False Light

-Time to dismissal: Six weeks from filing of Amended Complaint

-Result: Dismissal With Prejudice (Motion to Dismiss Amended Complaint Granted)

-Discovery: No (dismissal pre-discovery)

-Liability avoided: $1.5 million (0/$1.5 million recovered)

-Fee-shift: Yes (Plaintiff paid Defendant $10,000 fee-shifting award)

 

3.  Davidson County Circuit Court, Case No. 18C362, DS One v. Jamie Bayer, et al.

-Causes of Action: Libel/Misrepresentation by Concealment/Fraud/Negligent Misrepresentation/False Light Invasion of Privacy/Intentional Interference of a Business Relationship/Civil Conspiracy

-Time to dismissal: Five weeks from filing of Complaint

-Result: Dismissal with Prejudice before hearing following Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss (Agreed/Voluntary)

-Discovery: Yes (limited interrogatories only)

-Liability avoided: $2 million (0/$2 million recovered)

-Fee-shift: No

 

4.  Davidson County Circuit Court, Case No. 19C2096 Stevens v. Sees, et al.

-Causes of Action: Defamation/Civil Conspiracy

-Time to Dismissal: Nine weeks from filing of Complaint

-Result: Dismissal with Prejudice before hearing following Motion and TPPA Petition to Dismiss (Agreed/Voluntary)

-Discovery: No (dismissal pre-discovery)  

-Liability avoided: $150,000 (0/$150,000 recovered)

-Fee-shift: No

 

5.  Washington County Circuit Court, Case No. 19CV0139, Nicolau v. Citizens Commission on Human Rights, et al.

-Causes of Action: Defamation

-Time to Dismissal: Eleven weeks from filing of Complaint

-Result: Dismissal with Prejudice (Motion to Dismiss Granted)

-Discovery: No (dismissal pre-discovery)

-Liability avoided: $8.1 million (0/$8.1 million recovered)

-Fee-shift: Pending (obviated by Plaintiff’s declaration of bankruptcy)

 

6.  Wilson County Circuit Court, Case No. 2019CV663, Nandigam Neurology v. Devin Yount, et al.

-Causes of Action: Defamation/False Light/Civil Conspiracy

-Time to Dismissal: Six weeks from filing of Complaint

-Result: Dismissal with Prejudice (Motion to Alter/Amend Order of Voluntary Dismissal Granted)

-Discovery: No (dismissal pre-discovery)  

-Liability avoided: “No less than $25,000” plus punitive damages ($0.00 of unspecified demand recovered)

-Fee-shift: $26,526.08 award pending

 

7.  Wilson County General Sessions Court, Case No. 2020CV152, Kaveer Nandigam, et al. v. Kelly Beavers

-Causes of Action: Defamation/False Light

-Time to Dismissal: Three weeks from filing of Complaint

-Result: Dismissal with Prejudice (Motion to Dismiss/TPPA Petition to Dismiss Granted)

-Discovery: No (dismissal pre-discovery)  

-Liability avoided: $25,000  ($0.00/$25,000 recovered)

-Fee-shift: Pending appeal

 

8.  U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Case No. 3:18-cv-00511, Deja Vu of Nashville, et al. v. Metropolitan Government of Nashville, et al.

-Causes of Action: Civil Conspiracy

-Time to Dismissal: Eight months from filing of Complaint

-Result: Dismissal with Prejudice (Motion to Dismiss Granted)

-Discovery: No (dismissal pre-discovery)

-Liability avoided: Unspecified ($0.00 of unspecified demand recovered)

-Fee-shift: No