Penny Lawson et al. v. Hawkins County, Tennessee et al.

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Governmental entities generally are immune from suit. But the Governmental Tort Liability Act removes immunity for certain injuries caused by the negligent acts of an employee. In this case, we consider whether the term “negligent” in the Act’s removal provision is limited to ordinary negligence or instead also encompasses gross negligence or recklessness. We hold that the Act removes immunity only for ordinary negligence. Because the Court of Appeals held to the contrary, we reverse the decision below and remand for further proceedings.

Authoring Judge
Justice Sarah K. Campbell
Originating Judge
Judge Alex E. Pearson
Date Filed
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