“Republican Shaw wins Alabama Supreme Court”

According to this article from the  AP via al.com, Greg Shaw won the race for Justice See’s seat on the Alabama Supreme Court with 50.4% of the vote.  This means that Republicans will continue to hold an 8-1 majority after Juste See leaves the bench.

The article also reports that Republican Bill Thompson won re-election for the Court of Civil Appeals, and Republicans Beth Kellum and Mary Windom won seats on the Court of Criminal Appeals.

Reaction to United States Supreme Court’s Decision in Hall Street

This spring, in Hall Street Associates, LLC v. Mattel, the United States Supreme Court held that the grounds enumerated in the Federal Arbitration Act are the exclusive grounds for vacating, modifying, or correcting an arbitratin award and cannot be expanded, even by agreement of the parties.  To read the reactions that some legal commentators have had to the decision, click here or here

“Alabama court sides with Riley in budget dispute”

In Riley v. Pate, Ms. 1071003 (Ala. July 3, 2008) , the Alabama Supreme Court held that a taxpayer did not have standing to bring suit challenging where the proceeds of the State’s judgment against Exxon in the gas royalty dispute would be placed.  For more information, click on the link to the article entitled "Alabama court sides with Riley in budget dispute" from the AP via al.com.

“Alabama Supreme Court reverses decision in Hurricane Opal lawsuit”

In Jones v. Alfa Mutual Ins. Co., Ms. 1060179 (Ala. June 13 2008), the Alabama Supreme Court reversed a trial court’s ruling that Alfa did not act in bad faith in its handling of an insurance claim arising from Hurricane Opal in October 1995.  The Supreme Court sent the case back for a trial on "abnormal" bad faith based on failure to investigate and breach of contract.  For more information, follow the link to "Alabama Supreme Court reverses decision in Hurricane Opal lawsuit" from the Mobile Press-Register.

Supreme Court affirms judgment for Hoover and Vestavia

The Alabama Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in Birmingham on a case brought by several businesses against the City of Hoover and the City of Vestavia for claims arising from the flooding of Patton Creek.  In Royal Automotive, Inc. v. City of Vestavia and City of Hoover, Ms. 1061313, 1071152 (Ala. May 23, 2008) , the Supreme Court affirmed the summary judgment in favor of Hoover and Vestavia.  Click the link for an article on the case entitled"State Supreme Court upholds dismissal of Patton Creek flooding case" from the Birmingham News.