Tennessee Court Nixes $2.7 Million Insurance Claim from Bar Fight

 Friday, June 1, 2012

 Insurance Journal

The Tennessee Supreme Court has overturned a ruling that said an insurance company must pay $2.7 million in damages for a bar fight in Hendersonville that left one man dead and injured another. The state’s highest court on Wednesday said the insurance policy for the now-defunct Sputniks bar and restaurant expressly stated that it did not pay for damages as a result of assault and battery. Court records say that David Smotherman assaulted Samuel Clark “by hitting his head repeatedly on a table until he killed him.”