Follow the link to an article from the Decatur Daily discussing Chief Justice Cobb’s plans for changing judicial elections: "Changing method of electing judges"
Chief Justice Cobb spoke out against negative judicial campaigning in a recent talk to the Centre Rotary Club, according to this article from the Cherokee County Herald.
As we reported yesterday, the Alabama Supreme Court issued its opinion in Exxon Mobil Corp. v. Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Ms. 1031167 (Ala. Nov. 1, 2007), in which the Court struck the $3.5 billion punitive damage award in its entirety, and reduced the breach of contract award by approximately $11.8 million.
Follow the links for articles on this opinion…
"Exxon Wins $3.5 Billion Appeal in Alabama Fees Case" – Bloomberg
"$3.6 billion ruling rejected" – Birmingham News
"Ala. Court Cuts $3.6B Verdict Vs. Exxon" – AP
Today, in one of the more high profile cases before the Court, the Alabama Supreme Court issued its opinion in Exxon’s appeal of a multi-billion dollar judgment against it in favor of the State. In ExxonMobil Corp. v. Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Ms. 1031167 (Ala. Nov. 1, 2007), the Supreme Court, in an 8-1 opinion with several concurrences, struck the $3.5 billion punitive damage award in its entirety, and reduced the breach of contract award from $63.8 million to $51.9 million. The opinion was authored by Justice Parker. Chief Justice Cobb dissented, stating that she would affirm a portion of the punitive damage award.
ExxonMobil’s appeal was handled, along with others, by Lightfoot, Franklin and White attorneys Sam C. Pointer, Jr., Samuel H. Franklin, and M. Christian King. Sam Franklin and Chris King argued the case before the Alabama Supreme Court.
Here is an interesting profile of Chief Justice Cobb which was recently published in the Anniston Star.
In an 80 page opinion, the Alabama Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the jury’s finding of liability, but remitted the verdict fromn $5.5 million to $3 million by a 5-4 majority. Mobile Infirmary Association v. Tyler, No. 104184 (Sept. 14, 2007). Click here for an article on this interesting opinion.
In comments made to the Birmingham Rotary Club yesterday, Chief Justice Cobb called for PAC money to be banned in court races. Click here for an article from the Birmingham News abouther comments.
State Finance Director Jim Main is considering running for Justice See’s spot on the Supreme Court according to this article.
Justice See will be participating in a panel discussion regarding the legislative response to the selection of state court judges at the annual meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures ("NCSL") to be held in Boston. The panel discussion is scheduled to take place Thursday, August 9, 2007 at the Boston Convention & Exhibit Center. Click here for the NCSL press release regarding the panel discussion.
Alabama Supreme Court Justice Harold See will not seek re-election in 2008, according to this article from the Mobile Press-register.