Session April 26, 2017
from the Circuit Court for Shelby County No. CT-000644-15
Robert Samual Weiss, Judge
an appeal from the grant of summary judgment, dismissing
Appellant's defamation lawsuit against Appellee. The
trial court held that Appellant's claim sounded in
slander. Because Appellant filed her lawsuit more than six
months after the offending statements were made, the trial
court granted summary judgment on the sole ground that the
applicable statute of limitations for slander, Tenn. Code
Ann. § 28-3-103, had run. Discerning no error, we affirm
R. App. P. 3 Appeal as of Right; Judgment of the Circuit
Court Affirmed and Remanded
Yvette Vaughn, Memphis, Tennessee, Pro Se.
W. Wilson, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellee, Methodist
Armstrong, J., delivered the opinion of the court, in which
Arnold B. Goldin and Brandon O. Gibson, JJ., joined.
case began in the General Sessions Court of Shelby County on
July 15, 2014, when Appellant Tina Yvette Vaughn filed a
civil warrant against Appellee Methodist Healthcare-Memphis
Hospitals. Ms. Vaughn alleged "libel / slander /
defamation of character / all resulting in my arrest due to
false statements to M.P.D." The general sessions court
heard Ms. Vaughn's case on January 28, 2015. When
questioned about the timing of the allegedly defamatory
statements, Ms. Vaughn testified, in relevant part, that the
statements were made on July 17, 2013:
Q. So the statement[s] that you base your lawsuit on, those
occurred on July 17, 2013?
A. Yes, sir.
general sessions court dismissed Ms. Vaughn's case on the
ground that her defamation claim was time-barred as she had
failed to file the lawsuit within the six-month statute of
limitations for slanderous defamation actions. Tenn. Code
Ann. § 28-3-103.
February 6, 2015, Ms. Vaughn appealed the general sessions
court's ruling to the Circuit Court for Shelby County
(the "trial court"). On October 9, 2015, Appellee
filed a motion for summary judgment on the ground that Ms.
Vaughn's claim for slander is time-barred. Ms. Vaughn did
not file a response to the motion for summary judgment. The
trial court heard the motion on November 20, 2015. By order
of January 29, 2016, ...