Highlights from Current Issue

• Court of Civil Appeals clarifies the application of the doctrine of res judicata when a tort action for assault and battery is filed separately from a divorce action involving the same claims.

• Court of Civil Appeals reverses summary judgment because the plaintiff did not have adequate time to respond to the motion.

• Court of Civil Appeals affirms trial court’s denial of alimony in a case where parties had been married for 20 years and there was significant disparity in the parties’ incomes; wife failed to prove standard of living enjoyed by the parties during the marriage.


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The Gay Marriage Legal Battle Just Entered Uncharted Territory in Alabama

Last week the Alabama Supreme Court threw the ongoing struggle to defend traditional marriage and the Tenth Amendment into largely uncharted waters.


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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