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Ali v. Fisher
Tennessee Supreme Court
145 S.W.3d 557 (2004)
Jasmine Ali (plaintiff) was injured in a car wreck negligently caused by Eric Fisher (defendant), who was driving a car owned by Thomas Scheve (defendant). Ali sued Fisher for negligence and Scheve for negligent entrustment. The trial court found that Scheve had negligently entrusted the car to Fisher and, instead of holding Scheve vicariously liable for Fisher’s negligence, it ordered the jury to apportion damages between Fisher and Scheve. The jury awarded $500,000 in damages to Ali and found that Scheve was 20 percent at fault and Fisher was 80 percent at fault. The trial court initially ordered Scheve to pay $100,000 and Fisher to pay $400,000. However, the court later decided to hold Scheve vicariously liable for Fisher’s negligence and entered judgment jointly and severally against Scheve and Fisher for $500,000. The court of appeals reversed, and Ali appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Anderson, J.)
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