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• Court of Civil Appeals reverses trial court’s grant of summary judgment and holds that condominium association had an irrevocable license to use sewage treatment facility.

• Court of Civil Appeals holds that fact that mother did not pay full amount of filing fee required for modification action did not deprive the trial court of jurisdiction.


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Gorelick says lawyers can play key role in helping clients combat cyberattacks

Every day it seems there are reports that a U.S. business or government agency has been the victim of a cyberattack. And law firms are no exception. Big law firms are seen as attractive targets of hackers because they are viewed as harboring company secrets and as protectors of intellectual property.

Rep. Bradley Byrne appointed to powerful House Rules Committee

Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Fairhope, has been appointed to the House Rules Committee, a move that places the Alabama Republican on one of the body's most powerful groups.

Battery charge against U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller has been dismissed 

A judge has dismissed the battery charge against U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller, but that does not resolve the question of whether he will return to the bench.


Alabama blogger ordered to pay $3.5 million in defamation lawsuit

A Shelby County blogger, who spent five months in jail before agreeing to remove stories from his website about the son of a former governor, has now been ordered to pay $3.5 million in a defamation lawsuit filed by a former campaign manager for Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange.

Gov. Robert Bentley apparently won't take stand at Mike Hubbard hearing

Gov. Robert Bentley apparently will not be testifying at a pretrial hearing in the ethics case of House Speaker Mike Hubbard.


Federal prosecutors give mother and son $117,000 student loan scheme a failing grade

A mother and son applied for $117,000 in federally-backed student loan money to go to college a little more than nine years ago, prosecutors say. But there was a catch: neither had enrolled in class.


Alabama House passes bill giving counties a little more power

The Alabama House passed a bill today to give county governments a bit more autonomy so they don't have to go to the Legislature before establishing new programs related to transportation, emergency assistance programs and other areas.





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