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• Supreme Court reverses dismissal of action for negligence based on the defendants taking their son’s girlfriend to New York to have abortion performed, holding that the
savings clause was properly asserted as a reason for the plaintiffs’ failure to file their cause of action within two years.

• Supreme Court holds, as a matter of first impression, that negligence action filed against appraisers requires expert testimony to establish a breach of the standard of care.

• Court of Criminal Appeals reverses defendant’s capital murder conviction holding that one juror’s failure to disclose that he was facing criminal felony charges warranted a new trial for the defendant.


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Federal judge says Alabama must reinstate Planned Parenthood agreement

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson today ordered Gov. Robert Bentley and the Alabama Medicaid Agency to reinstate the state's provider agreement with Planned Parenthood clinics.

Former deputy AG questioned about conversations with Hubbard associates

Former Deputy Attorney General Sonny Reagan testified today he could not remember certain details of conversations with associates of House Speaker Mike Hubbard related to the investigation that led to the indictment of the speaker.

Alabama lawyers clean up in BP oil settlement

Alabama lawyers are due about $20 million in legal fees connected to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill settlement. Half of the legal fees – about $10 million – will benefit the Alabama Attorney General's Office budget; the other half flow to private firms. Mike Lewis, a spokesman for the office, said staff attorneys spent five years and more than 24,000 hours negotiating the settlement.

Speechless: Lawyer wants to delay Hubbard trial again -- to give a speech

In the state of Alabama's recent filing opposing yet another continuance in the trial – which is scheduled to begin at the end of March next year – prosecutors began like this: "Defendant Michael Gregory Hubbard once again seeks to delay the criminal proceedings in this case. This time it's because Attorney Mark White has a meeting set for April 2–5, 2016, in Washington D.C., during which he is expected to give a speech of some kind."

Mobile County Commission approves budget, raises

Mobile County Commission voted to approve the $129.4 million budget on Monday which included a 2.5 percent raise for employees.


Judge delays Mike Hubbard ethics trial until March

Lee County Circuit Judge Jacob A. Walker today postponed House Speaker Mike Hubbard's ethics trial until March. Attorneys for Hubbard asked for the delay of the trial, which had been set for Oct. 19.


Mobile County prosecutor appointed district judge

Jill Phillips, an aggressive prosecutor who has helped send four murderers to death row, has a new legal career. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley appointed her on Friday to be the new Mobile County District Court judge. Phillips, a Mobile County Assistant District Attorney, starts the job on Monday.



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