Alabama Supreme Court and Court of Civil Appeals to hear oral argument in Birmingham

The Alabama Supreme Court and Court of Civil Appeals are bringing their "road show" to Birmingham.  Both Courts will hear oral arguments in Birmingham, Alabama on Thursday, October 21,  2010 at the Wright Center on the campus of Samford University.  The arguments are scheduled to run from 9:00 a.m. until noon.  The arguments are open to the public and admission is free.  If you have never seen the Court in action, it is worth checking out.

Changes To Alabama Appellate Rules Go Into Effect October 1, 2010

Some important changes to the Alabama Rules of Appellate Procedure go into effect on October 1, 2010.  Some of the changes include:

1.  Appellants no longer have to send a second copy of the record to the appellate court, rescinding Ala. R. App. P. 11(a)(4).

2.  You can now file briefs via carriers other than the United States Postal Service.  The new Ala. R. App. P. 25(a)(3)(A)(ii) tracks the federal appellate "mailbox" rule, allowing filing through a third party carrier if the document is given to carrier on or before due date and is filed in the clerk’s office within three calendar days of the party’s delivery of the document to the carrier.

3.  The number of copies which must be sent to Supreme Court has changed.  Now, you must send an original and nine copies (total of 10).  Ala. R. App. P. 31(b).

4.   The "Interim Electronic Filing and Service Rule" is now codified as Ala. R. App. P. 57.

For a complete set of the changes, click here.

“Ala. court rejects verditcs in drug price cases”

The Alabama Supreme Court reversed $274 million in judgments entered in favor of the state against three pharmaceutical companies – AstraZeneca PLC, Novartis AG, and GlaxoSmithKline PLC – and directed that judgment be entered in the pharmaceutical companies’ favor.  The state had alleged that the drug companies overcharged the State for prescription drugs for Medicaid recipients.

Novartis was represented in the appeal by Chris King, Harlan Prater, Craig Rosler, and Nikaa Jordan of Lightfoot, Franklin & White, LLC.

Click the link for an article on the case:   "Alabama court rejects $274 million verdicts in drug cases" - AP