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VOL. 110 | NO. 22 | Thursday, February 1, 1996

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benchmark Eather Smith vs. City of Memphis; Memphis Light, Gas and Water; City of Memphis Government; Anthony Scola; and Leonard C. Alexander. A Memphis woman has filed a $100,000 lawsuit in Circuit Court against the city of Memphis for false arrest. She claims she was wrongfully accused and arrested for "theft of services." According to the suit, defendants Scola and Alexander, employees of Memphis Light, Gas and Water, arrested Smith at her home at 1083 Brownlee for stealing an electric meter which was connected to her address. She claims the meter was connected to a part of the address rented by her brother, J. C. Smith. The meter was allegedly stolen from the address of 4198 Auburn. The suit claims that when the plaintiff answered her door on the night of June 1, 1993, the two defendants arrested her without probable cause. She claims the defendants told her, "you were the one who opened the door, youre the one going to jail." The plaintiff was arrested and spent the night in jail. She was released on June 2, 1993, on bond. She is suing for $100,000 in punitive, actual and compensatory damages. Smith is represented by Daniel A. Seward. Jeffrey Davidson vs. Stacie Arbor, D.D.S.; Ronald Staples, D.D.S.; Harold Leon Taylor, D.D.S. A Memphis man has filed a $2.5 million lawsuit in Circuit Court against three area dentists for negligence. Davidson alleges he suffered great pain after defendant Arbor extracted three of his teeth, exposing his sinus cavity. The plaintiff alleges that all three of the defendants were negligent in their advice and treatment of him and further caused him to sustain additional medical expenses, pain, suffering and disfigurement. He is seeking $2.5 million in punitive, actual and compensatory damages. The plaintiff is represented by Louis P. Chiozza Jr. Daniel F. Grum, M.D., M.B.A. vs. The University of Tennessee; Robert L. Summitt, M.D., dean of the College of Medicine; and John Zanella, M.D., Ph.D., chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology; et al. A Memphis man has filed a discrimination lawsuit in Chancery Court against the University of Tennessee College of Medicine and several doctors. Grum, chief of anesthesiologist services at the Regional Medical Center and an employee with the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, claims the employees of UT-Memphis made false accusations of poor job performance and caused him to be reprimanded and penalized without just cause. Grum, a white man, claims he was denied tenure based upon race discrimination. He is seeking $750,000 in punitive, actual and compensatory damages. Grum is representing himself in the case.

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