Knoxville attorney Tonya R. Willis recently won an appeal in a trucking case. LWDN defended Purdy Brothers Trucking Company. A summary of the case by Tennessee Bar Association is below.
This appeal arises from a tractor-trailer ("truck") collision involving two professional drivers, Leroy Jackson, Jr., who was driving as an owner operator for USA Trucking, and Blair B. Greene, who was employed by Purdy Brothers Trucking Company, Incorporated ("PBTCI") and Loudon County Trucking ("LCT"), both formerly doing business as Purdy Brothers Trucking ("PBT"). Mr. Jackson's truck was repossessed shortly after it was repaired, and he filed suit against Mr. Greene, PBTCI, and LCT (collectively "Trucking Company") for property damage, loss of income, lost equity in his truck, incidental expenses, and punitive damages. Trucking Company filed a motion for partial summary judgment. The trial court granted the motion, in part, holding that Trucking Company was not liable for the lost equity in the truck but that the case could proceed on the remaining issues. Trucking Company made an offer of judgment, which was accepted by Mr. Jackson and set forth in the court's final order. Mr. Jackson appeals, contending that the court erred in granting partial summary judgment. We dismiss the appeal because Mr. Jackson accepted the offer of judgment without reserving the right to appeal.