gravamen of the complaint

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While the Court did not reach related questions of due process and personal jurisdiction, its FSLA commercial-activity analysis nevertheless appears significant for United States defense counsel because it requires our courts to determine the "particular conduct on which the action is 'based,'" and to identify that conduct by looking to "the gravamen of the complaint.
THE SUPREME COURT OF TENNESSEE HELD THAT BECAUSE THE COMPLAINT INCLUDED CLAIMS THAT THE DEFENDANTS WERE NEGLIGENT AS TO BOTH THE MEDICAL TREATMENT AND THE ORDINARY CARE THEY PROVIDED, THE TRIAL COURT ERRED BY GRANTING THE MOTION FOR PARTIAL SUMMARY JUDGMENT ON GROUNDS THAT THE GRAVAMEN OF THE COMPLAINT SOUNDED IN MEDICAL MALPRACTICE.
However, the court also agreed with the defendants that the gravamen of the complaint governed.