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Municipal and Personal Liability

Reference Number: MTAS-1151
Tennessee Code Annotated
Reviewed Date: January 29, 2016
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The Tennessee Governmental Tort Liability Act (TGTLA) passed in 1973 (T.C.A. Title 29, Chapter 20) stripped municipalities and counties of their sovereign immunity in several areas. That act, as amended several times, provides that municipalities can be sued for injuries caused by their employees only in a limited number of areas and immunizes municipal employees or limits their liability for injuries they cause in certain cases.