January 25, 2010

Appeals court affirms trial court ruling of failure to state a claim

LEONARD PORTER, JR. ET AL. v. CITY OF CLARKSVILLE ET AL. (Tenn. Ct. App. January 25, 2010)

This action arises from the issuance of stop work orders that prevented the plaintiffs from completing the construction of their new residence. The plaintiffs brought this action against the City of Clarksville and the Clarksville Building and Codes Department under the Governmental Tort Liability Act (GTLA) asserting numerous and varied claims, including claims for false statements, fraud, deception, conspiracy, discrimination, malicious harassment, coercion, and violation of due process, and requested financial damages, emotional damages, and punitive damages. The defendants filed a Tenn. R. Civ. P. 12.02(6) Motion to Dismiss on the grounds that the action was a de facto appeal of the administrative hearing on the stop work orders and that the defendants were immune under the GTLA. The trial court granted the motion to dismiss finding that the plaintiffs failed to state a claim upon which relief could be granted. We affirm.

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