Alabama Supreme Court Issues Opinion In Exxon v. State

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.

Cases Released June 29, 2007


From the Alabama Supreme Court:

Ex parte Dwayne Atkinson

State of Alabama v. Brantley Land, L.L.C., et al.

Roberts v. American National Property and Casualty Company


From the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals:

Blackburn and Berube v. Lefebvre and Lefebvre

City of Mobile v. Pinto Island Land Company, Inc.

D.A. v. Calhoun County Department of Human Resources

Morgan and Morgan v. Safeway Insurance Company of Alabama, Inc.

T.S. v. E.J.

Legg v. Fortis Insurance Company and John Alden Life Insurance Company

Blythe v. Blythe

Alabama Board of Nursing v. Peterson

ERA and Mikkelsen v. Stoddard and Stoddard

Wannamaker v. Wannamaker

Greenwood and Greenwood v. Lindsey Harbor, LLC

E.E.K. v. Jefferson County HR; K.H. v. Jefferson County DHR

J.W.J., Jr. v. P.K.R. and P.H.R.

Davis v. Blackstock

Montiel v. Estate of Montiel and Mobile Memorial Gardens

Paturu v. Medical Licensure Commission of Alabama

Hopkins v. Hopkins and Hopkins