Highlights from Current Issue

• Supreme Court holds that plaintiff in medical malpractice action lacked capacity to sue when he applied for letters of administration on behalf of decedent before statute of
limitations expired but was not granted those letters until after statute ran.


• Supreme Court holds, as a matter of first impression, that UIM insurer was not required to pay a portion of plaintiff’s attorney fee pursuant to common fund doctrine where UIM insurer had made a Lambert advance.


• Court of Civil Appeals reverses probate court’s grant of adoption, holding that father who had consistently paid child support but had not had contact with the child for three years had not impliedly consented to adoption.

 

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Alabama plaintiffs attorney settles case against legal support company

An Alabama plaintiffs attorney who last year sued one of the largest full service legal support companies settled with the company last month.In August, plaintiff Barry W. Walker, doing business as Walker Law LLC, filed a declaratory judgment action against defendants Minnesota-based Civil Action Group Ltd. and Civil Action Finance LLC in Montgomery County Circuit Court.

 

Alabama Law Foundation names fellows for 2015

The Alabama Law Foundation recently named its fellows for 2016 – a title that recognizes the Alabama Bar members who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to their profession and their community. The banquet to honor the new fellows was held on Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Renaissance Hotel in Montgomery. The foundation also recognized fellows elevated to "life fellows" status.

 

Alabama Supreme Court won't hear appeal on constitutionality of grandparent visitation law

Alabama grandparents who seek rights to visit their grandchildren were dealt another legal blow on Friday. The Alabama Supreme Court on Friday refused a request by Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange to review a lower appeals court decision that declared the state's Alabama Grandparent Visitation Act unconstitutional. That law was enacted in 2010.

 

Roy Moore says probate judges have duty to enforce same-sex marriage ban


Chief Justice Roy Moore issued an order today saying that a ruling issued last March by the Alabama Supreme Court remains in effect and that probate judges "have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage license contrary" to Alabama's law and constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

 

Alabama Law Institute Drafts Bill Supporting Small Brewers

Congressional leaders in Alabama have nearly finished writing a bill that would change many of the state’s Prohibition-era laws, advancing the cause of craft brewers in the state.

 

The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from lawyers representing Shelby County, Alabama, who tried to recover $2 million in attorney fees in a case that nullified a key part of the Voting Rights Act

The Supreme Court said Monday that it won't hear an appeal from lawyers representing Shelby County, Alabama, who tried to recover $2 million in attorney fees from the U.S. government in a case that nullified a key part of the Voting Rights Act.

 

Alabama Sues Federal Government Over Refugee Program

Alabama  became the second state to sue the U.S. government over refugee resettlement, accusing the Obama administration of failing to consult with states on placement of those who have fled their home countries.

 


 

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