Online Privacy at Work

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Effective on January 1st of this year is the Employee Online Privacy Act of 2014 (“EOPA”).  The complete act may be found in Tennessee Code Annotated Sections 50-1-1001 through 1004.  Among other things, the EOPA governs what an employer may do with respect to applicants’ and employees’ personal online […]

Focus on the Law: Prosecuting Domestic Violence

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law When DA Charme Allen took office in September 2014, she made several changes to the District Attorney’s Office to combat various problems in our community.  One of those problems was the huge volume of domestic violence occurring in Knox County.  “According to statistics from the Family Justice Center, local […]

Focus on the Law: Pawnbrokers

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law In Tennessee anyone, whether a person, firm or corporation, who wants to establish or conduct a pawnbroking business is required to be licensed.  The licensing requirements may be found in Tennessee Code Annotated Sections 45-6-205 through 208.  Among other things, an applicant must be of good moral character;  have […]

Focus on the Law: Types of Deeds

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Conveying ownership of real property requires a writing. This writing is called a deed.  Deeds are good as between parties without registration;  however, registering the deed is necessary to protect the grantee against grantor’s creditors and purchasers from him without actual notice of the deed. Registration of deeds must […]

Focus on the Law: Spaying and neutering pets

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law According to the Humane Society of the United States’ website, “about 2.4 million healthy, adoptable cats and dogs are put down in U.S. shelters each year.” This problem of pet overpopulation can be reduced by spaying and neutering pets. In Tennessee state law requires that dogs and cats being […]

Vaccine Injury Compensation

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Back in the early 1980s, there were many reports of serious side effects from the DTP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) vaccine. Many lawsuits were filed against the vaccine companies, doctors and nurses for injuries allegedly caused by the vaccine. In response to this litigation, some vaccine companies stopped producing vaccines […]

Focus on the Law: Tennessee Business Court

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Our Tennessee Supreme Court is charged with providing for the “orderly administration of justice” and, as such, it has decided to dedicate a court to the meet the specialized needs of business litigants.  The Davidson County Business Court Pilot Project, commonly referred to as the “Business Court,” was created […]

Focus on the Law: Contempt of Court

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Courts operate with authority over the property of parties to a lawsuit and in some cases with authority over the person of the parties. The court can require that a person perform specific acts or refrain from taking specific actions. Without the power to enforce obedience to orders of […]

Focus on the Law: Domestic Violence and Firearms

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law The 1996 Lautenberg Amendment to the federal Gun Control Act prohibits individuals who have been convicted of a “misdemeanor crime of domestic violence” from purchasing, transporting, or possessing any firearms which have been affected by or affects interstate commerce. The statute is found at Title 18 United States Code […]

Focus on the Law: Criminal Exposure to STDs

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law In Tennessee the state legislature has passed specific statutes to make knowing exposure to certain sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) a criminal offense.   Under Tennessee Code Annotated Section 39-13-309, “a person commits the offense of criminal exposure of another to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), to hepatitis B virus (HBV), or […]