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.” Leonard Gamble was injured trying to stop the attack. Smotherman was ultimately convicted of reckless homicide.
Clark’s widow and Gamble sued Sputniks afterward. A Sumner County court ruled in their favor, and they have been trying to collect from the insurance company since.