VOL. 110 | NO. 168 | Thursday, August 29, 1996
Christopher Banks vs
Christopher Banks vs. Shelby County; A. C. Gilless, sheriff of Shelby County; Dennis Dowd, chief jailer of Shelby County; and Jim Rout, Shelby County mayor. A Shelby County jail inmate is suing the county and several county officials over alleged incidents at the jail. According to the suit, the plaintiff has been a pre-trial detainee at the Shelby County jail since October 1995. The plaintiff alleges that after being sexually threatened by numerous inmates he asked for and was placed in protective custody. However, rather than putting him into a safer environment, jail officials then placed another inmate in the plaintiffs cell who bragged to the plaintiff of his assaults on other inmates while in the Tennessee prison system, according to the suit. The plaintiff alleges that jail officials ignored their own rules and regulations intended to monitor inmates and prevent sexual assaults and failed to screen inmates to prevent predators from being placed into protective custody with weaker inmates who had sought protection from assaults. The plaintiff alleges that because of these failings, he was assaulted three times by his cellmate while in protective custody. The plaintiff is seeking to recover money damages, as well as declaratory and injunctive relief, for deprivations under state law of his rights, privileges and immunities secured by the U.S. Constitution. The attorneys for the plaintiff are Alan E. Glenn and Richard B. Fields.
Robert G. Burrell vs. Dr. Rande H. Lazar. A Shelby County man is suing an ear, nose and throat doctor who performs laser treatment for snoring and sleep disorders. According to the suit, the plaintiff sought treatment from Lazar in response to a television advertisement. Lazar began performing laser surgery on the plaintiff in December 1994, according to the suit. The plaintiff alleges that on his sixth surgical treatment by the defendant, in August 1995, Lazar damaged the plaintiffs soft palate and throat. The plaintiff later was referred to a plastic surgeon and orthodontist for treatment of his stenosis, according to the suit. The plaintiff is seeking $750,000. The attorney for the plaintiff is George P. Bailey.
Foxmeyer Drug Co. vs. Sharon New Harrell d/b/a S. N. Harrell Prescription Services Inc. d/b/a The Medicine Shoppe No. 0753. A drug company with its principal business address in Dallas is suing a local pharmacy for more than $164,000 including $41,175.25 in attorney fees, plus interest and costs. According to the suit, the plaintiff furnished and sold goods, material and merchandise to the defendant at her request. The plaintiff alleges that the amount remains past due and unpaid after demand for payment had been made and payment had been refused. The attorney for the plaintiff is Paul I. Mendelson.