Highlights from Current Issue
• Supreme Court holds that trial court erred by failing to grant summary judgment in medical malpractice case alleging that plaintiff was put in fear of contracting disease after syringe was reused on her during surgery.
• Court of Civil Appeals reverses trial court’s judgment and holds that insufficient evidence was presented to warrant treatment of the employee’s injury as an injury to a nonscheduled member.
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Judicial Recusal Bill Good for Courts
Judges should be held to a standard that does not allow for undue influence on their decisions. Alabama passed a law in the mid-1990s that created a standard for judges to recuse themselves from cases where there was undue financial influence. This recusal statute, though enacted in 1995, was never pre-cleared with the U.S. Department of Justice and was therefore never implemented.
Big changes expected to come to Alabama's prison system
Get ready to hear a lot more about big changes, specifically sentencing reform, in relation Alabama's prison crisis.
A or F: Top state leaders grade the 2014 legislative session
Alabama's 2014 legislative session ended on April 3, and grades on how the session performed appear to vary by party and majority status.
Report: Lawyers moving away from billable hours model
Increasingly more law firms and lawyers who work in-house are getting away from billable hours for litigation and looking for more creative ways to make a buck, The Washington Post reports.
Senate Republicans once again block Paycheck Fairness Act
As expected, the Paycheck Fairness Act died in the Senate on Wednesday -- just like it did in 2010 and 2012 -- due to a Republican filibuster.
U.S. Supreme Court asked to consider if Alabama's property tax system is set up to underfund minority public schools
Attorneys for a group of poor Alabama schoolchildren and their parents have filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to consider scraping Alabama's property tax system.
Judge's ruling favors Creek casinos
A U.S. District Court judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed by the State of Alabama challenging the rights of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians to operate three casinos in the state.
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