ANNE LAVOIE and JODEE LAVOIE v. FRANKLIN COUNTY PUBLISHING COMPANY, INC. (Tenn. Ct. App. May 18, 2011)
These consolidated actions are before this Court on a Tennessee Rule of Appellate Procedure 9 interlocutory appeal from the trial court's denial of summary judgment. We are asked to consider whether, as a matter of law, a plaintiff is barred from maintaining a suit against an employer under a sole theory of respondeat superior where the plaintiff settles her claim against the employee, executes a release of all claims as to the employee, but reserves her claim against the employer in a court order dismissing the employee with prejudice. We hold that the plaintiff's suit is barred. The judgment of the trial court is reversed, summary judgment is granted to the employer, and the case is dismissed.
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