J.J.E. and J.M.M. v. L.G. and A.T.

This case involves the validity of a surrogacy agreement. A Tennessee woman agreed to be a surrogate for a couple from Italy. Six days after the child was born the surrogate asked a court to restrain the Intended Parents from taking the child outside the country. The court refused, the child was taken to Italy. The surrogate is appealing.


The case addresses the validity of a surrogacy contract. It involves a "traditional" surrogate, meaning that the birth mother is genetically related to the child. There is no statute in Tennessee prohibiting surrogacy contracts.


  1. Lower Court Opinion from the Tennessee Court of Appeals, January 22, 2013
  2. Brief of the Appellant, June 5, 2013
  3. Brief of the Appellees, July 8, 2013
  4. Case Summary with Explanatory Materials, Supplied by the Court for MTSU SCALES Students and Faculty
  5. Student Handouts/Worksheets, on Federalism, the Tennessee Supreme Court, the Role of Precedent, and Case Study Procedure
  6. Student Handout on the Judicial Branch of Tennessee State Government
  7. MTSU SCALES Handbook