TRI AM CONSTRUCTION, INC., ET AL. v. J & V DEVELOPMENT, INC., ET AL. (Tenn. Ct. App. August 30, 2011)
This interlocutory appeal stems from a lien enforcement action. Tri Am Construction, Inc. ("Tri Am") filed a complaint in the Chancery Court for Rhea County ("the Trial Court") against J & V Development, Inc. ("J & V"), Randall E. Vick, Brenda B. Jung, and Branch Banking and Trust Company ("BB&T") to enforce a lien.
BB&T moved to dismiss Tri Am's complaint, citing alleged fatal procedural defects. The Trial Court denied BB&T's motion to dismiss and allowed Tri Am to amend its complaint to cure the procedural defects. We granted permission for this interlocutory appeal.
We find that the Trial Court did not err in liberally construing the revised mechanic's and materialmen's liens statutes to permit Tri Am to amend its complaint in order to cure the procedural defects. We further find that the Trial Court did not err in declining to hold that BB&T's rights would be retroactively impaired by the liberal application of the revised mechanic's and materialmen's liens statutes. We affirm the judgment of the Trial Court.
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