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Wilson Worley is Pleased to Announce that the Firm was an Award Winner for the 2017 KOSBE Awards

The award winners were announced at an awards ceremony at Meadowview Marriott in Kingsport on December 14th. The KOSBE Awards promote economic impact for the Tri-Cities by recognizing small businesses that are leading by example and making an extraordinary contribution to the communities they do business in. The winners exemplify leadership and excellence in overcoming adversity, and a passion for helping others succeed. Award winners serve as inspirational leaders to other local small businesses, and they model best practices that will progress the region as a whole.

 

Defense Victory

DRI member Steven C. Huret of Wilson Worley PC in Kingsport, successfully defended an appeal of the trial court’s grant of summary judgment to the defendant. The defendant was the brother of deceased federal postal worker and named as the sole beneficiary on the decedent’s life insurance policy. The decedent’s two children filed a lawsuit to enforce their status as third-party beneficiaries under a Tennessee divorce decree that required the life insurance policy name them as beneficiaries. The defense filed a motion for summary judgment on the basis that the life insurance policy was governed under the Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance Act (“FEGLIA”), 5 U.S.C. § 8705, et seq., and that the plaintiffs’ state divorce decree was preempted by federal law under the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution. The trial court granted summary judgment, which the plaintiffs’ appealed to the Court of Appeals of Tennessee.

On appeal, in Hughes, et al. v. Hughes, Tenn. Ct. App. Appellate No. E2016-00561-COA-R3-CV, the brief and oral argument on behalf of the plaintiffs was handled by a former justice of the Supreme Court of Tennessee. Despite this, the appellate court affirmed the trial court’s grant of summary judgment on the basis that state domestic relations law was preempted by FEGLIA and that the plaintiffs had not complied with the statutory carve-out that Congress provided to deal with conflict that arises sometimes between FEGLIA’s order of precedence for the payment of life insurance proceeds and state divorce decrees.

 

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