Here is a link to an opinion piece from The Anniston Star entitled "Justice for all: The Alabama Supreme Court affects the lives of all Alabamians" about recent oral arguments before the Alabama Supreme Court.
Bills pending in the Alabama Legislature would set minimum periods that a person would have to be a licensed attorney before becoming a judge. For an article on these bills, click the link to "Experience wanted for judge jobs" from The Birmingham News, via al.com.
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.
According to this article in the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Eleventh Circuit Judge R. Lanier Anderson, III will take Senior Status at the end of January. So, the next President will have a vacancy on the Eleveth Circuit bench to fill.
Justice See’s seat on the Alabama Supreme Court will be filled in the election this November. Running for the office are Democrat Deborah Bell Paseur and Republican Greg Shaw. For a short biography of the candidates, follow the link to an article entitled "Bio information on Ala. Supreme Court candidates" from the AP, via al.com.
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.
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.
In Exxon Shipping Co. v. Baker, No. 07-216 (June 25, 2008), the United States Supreme Court cut the punitive damage award against Exxon arising out of the Exxon Valdez oil spill from $2.5 billion to approxinmately $500 million, and provided further guidance for the review of punitive damage awards.
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.
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.