Among what is said' to be the largest number of public laws ever passed by a Tennessee Legislature, the General Assembly passed an act which creates a statutory exception to the doctrine that equity will not enjoin the commission of a crime unless the conduct comes within some recognized head of equity jurisdiction.
Hall v. Briton was a suit in the chancery court to enjoin defendants, who were complainant's former employees, from selling a product produced with the aid of complainant's trade secret.
One of the peculiarities of equity is that its decrees frequently consist of in personam orders. The violation of such an order is contempt of court. Contempts are classified as either civil or criminal.
The 1957 General Assembly amended the practice in chancery courts in Tennessee so as to provide that a sworn answer, when required by a bill of discovery or when the oath to the answer is not waived, shall have no more weight or effect in evidence than the deposition of the defendant filing such answer.
Thomas F. Green Jr.,
Equity -- 1957 Tennessee Survey,
10 Vanderbilt Law Review
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