Highlights from Current Issue

  • Supreme Court reverses Court of Civil Appeals’ decision in civil forfeiture case, holding that defendant, who did not live in the house where the drugs and currency were found, had no legitimate expectation of privacy and therefore could not challenge the legality of the search.
  • Court of Civil Appeals reverses trial court’s judgment and holds that six-year statute of limitations applied to homeowner’s association action to enforce subdivision’s restrictive covenants.
  • Court of Civil Appeals affirms trial court’s denial of employee’s claim for mileage for doctor appointments where employee had moved out of state but continued to use providers in Alabama.


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Alabama, 20 states sue to block Obama plan to extend overtime pay to 4 million Americans

Officials from Alabama and 20 other states have filed a lawsuit over an Obama administration rule that will extend overtime pay to more than 4 million workers. In a complaint filed in federal court in Sherman, Texas, the plaintiffs said the plan – set to take effect in December – places an undue burden on states.


Alabama legislators debated today how to use a $1 billion oil spill settlement with BP, seeking common ground on how much should go to coastal counties and how much should go to paying off state debts and to Medicaid. Senators made a key change after more than five hours of debate. 


Is America's death penalty dying? US executions set to hit 25 year low

Is the death penalty in America gradually dying?There have been just two executions since May 1 and the total for 2016 probably will hit a 25-year low. Execution drug shortages, sometimes grotesque errors in death chambers and legal challenges to sentences imposed by judges have contributed to a dramatic decline in the number of states that are carrying out executions.


Alabama legal groups get $3.3M each under Bank of America mortgage settlement


The Alabama Civil Justice Foundation Inc. and the Alabama Law Foundation Inc. will each receive $3,337,596 to provide legal assistance in foreclosure prevention and community redevelopment. Both organizations are based in Montgomery.


The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from lawyers representing Shelby County, Alabama, who tried to recover $2 million in attorney fees in a case that nullified a key part of the Voting Rights Act


The Supreme Court said Monday that it won't hear an appeal from lawyers representing Shelby County, Alabama, who tried to recover $2 million in attorney fees from the U.S. government in a case that nullified a key part of the Voting Rights Act.



The U.S. Department of Justice has filed an amicus brief condemning the use of financial bail.

According to the Christian Science Monitor, the U.S. Department of Justice filed an amicus brief last week in Walker v. City of Calhoun, Georgia, a challenge to that city’s use of financial bail. The plaintiffs in that case allege that Calhoun’s use of a bail schedule—a document that lists set financial amounts corresponding to offenses—violates the 14th Amendment due process and equal protection rights of those arrested.



The Alabama House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill to repeal a law that ended a Chilton County pastor's ministry for sex offenders. Pastor Ricky Martin provided transitional housing for sex offenders released from prison in trailers behind his church, Triumph Church, which is next door to his house.


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