News & Updates                                August 2016

Department of Labor's Final Rule Updates Overtime Regulations, Effective December 1
Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act

December 1, 2016 is the effective date of the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) rule addressing overtime standards. Some industries will be substantially impacted by the final rule. To prepare for this change and to ensure compliance with viable solutions, all employers should audit, plan and budget well in advance of December.

Read more about this change and what you need to do here
Tennessee Workers' Compensation Appeals Board Firmly Establishes Governing Rules on Motions to Dismiss

In an analysis of a recent case that was decided this past spring, Jared S. Renfroe explains how the Tennessee Workers' Compensation Appeals Board has firmly established that motions to dismiss are now subject to the Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure, as opposed to a statute or a Tennessee Department of Labor regulation.

Read Jared's analysis here.
From Tennessee Litigator to International 
Justice Seeker
Former Spicer Rudstrom Partner Begins Seventh Year Working with International Justice Mission

When Shawn Kohl and his family packed up and moved to Cambodia in 2009, they had no idea the journey that working with the International Justice Mission (IJM) would take them on. Shawn, a former partner at Spicer Rudstrom PLLC, feels like he is doing what God created him to do, which is helping victims of violence in developing countries as their public justice systems emerge.

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Nashville Attorneys Argue Case before Tennessee Supreme Court for Volunteer Girls State

Nashville attorneys   Gary M. Kellar  and  Lance W. Thompson  recently conducted oral arguments in a Tennessee Supreme Court case heard by  Volunteer Girls State  delegates at Lipscomb University. The civil lawsuit is being defended by the firm and was part of the SCALES (Supreme Court Advancing Legal Education for Students) Program for the students.

Read more here.
Claims Legal Update

As a benefit to our clients, Spicer Rudstrom's attorneys are proud to present the latest in legal news and updates. Pictured here are W. Howard Mowery, Amy C. Markham and Stephen A. Hester, w ho recently provided a seminar to insurance claims personnel and adjusters, addressing summary judgment, expert witnesses and spoliation issues in litigation claims. 

If your company is interested in receiving an in-person legal update, let us know!
Kudos to You!

Favorable Outcome Achieved in Sugarland Stage Collapse Case
Litigation involving the stage collapse at a Sugarland concert nearly five years ago that killed five, injured more than 40 and resulted in major property losses at the Indiana State Fair in August 2011 has successfully concluded. Spicer Rudstrom's  Brent S. Usery  and  Marc O. Dedman  represented the prevailing insurance carrier and successfully obtained summary judgment in favor of their client.

Attorneys Secure Dismissal in Motorcycle Rider Suit against Bradley County
Thomas E. LeQuire and   Michael A. Kent  recently secured a dismissal on motion for summary judgment against their client, Bradley County. The case involved a motorcycle rider who slid on gravel at the intersection of a state highway and county road and sued the county for the injuries he sustained. Tom and Mike were able to get the case dismissed.

Read more here.

Multi-Faceted Defense Secures Victory in Chattanooga Trucking Company Case
B. Thomas Hickey, Jr. secured a victory for his clients in defending a recent jury trial for a trucking company and its driver. The plaintiffs alleged negligence and reckless driving against Thomas's clients. Thomas's defense involved plolice officer testimony, GPS records, photos and more, which resulted in a jury verdict in favor of his client.

Read more about the case here.

Amy Markham Named Managing Partner
Spicer Rudstrom is proud to announce the promotion of  Amy C. Markham  to Managing Partner of the firm's Little Rock office. In addition to the day-to-day management of the office, her primary concentration will be in Workers' Compensation and Construction/Construction Defect litigation. She helped open the Little Rock office five years ago.

Read more here.
Spicer Rudstrom Cuts the Ribbon on Two Offices

Our Little Rock and Memphis offices became "official" recently when ribbon cutting ceremonies with the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Memphis Chamber were held. Both offices recently relocated to their current office spaces, and we were were excited to share the moments with colleagues, friends and clients.
Texarkana Celebrates Cinco de Mayo in Style

Our Texarakana office teamed up with the  Texarkana Chamber of Commerce  for our first ever Cinco de Mayo party. We were proud to welcome our clients, neighbors and Chamber friends and look forward to making this an annual event! 
Spicer Rudstrom Goes to the Ballgame!
Attorneys and staff from our Nashville office, and their guests, enjoyed a  Nashville Sounds  baseball game in June. It was a beautiful summer night, the food was good, and the Sounds won!

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