Supreme Court of Alabama Decisions 2021

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Weems v. Long et al.  
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 1190369

Justia Opinion Summary: Terry Weems, as the personal representative of the estate of Terry Sutherland ("Terry"), deceased, the proponent of what was purported to be the will of Terry's mother, Gladys Elizabeth Stidham Sutherland ("Elizabeth"),...

GPJ Investments, LLC v. Walker Key Condominium Association, Inc.
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 1190551
Ex parte Shaniah Woods.
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 1190901
Ex parte Timothy Lamar Moss.
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 1190967
Ex parte Shannon Lee Cochran.
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 1200231
Ex parte Cedric Lamar McIntyre.
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 1200247
Ex parte Antoine Gordan Conley.
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 1200277
Ex parte Marianne Bunch Adams.
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 1200292
Ex parte T.B.
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 1200312
Ex parte Danny Dewayne Adams, Jr.
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 1200319
Ex parte Matthew Spain.
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 1200320
Ex parte Jeffery Paul Dunnavant.
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 1200322
Ex parte Robert J. Baggett, Inc.
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 1200336
Ex parte Bennie Patterson, Jr.
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 1200338
Ex parte Randy Henson.
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 1200346
Ex parte Michael Eugene Wade.
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 1200348
Ex parte Cody Lee Fulgham.
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 1200357
Ex parte Steven Obrien Mason.
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 1200395
Ex parte Timothy Jackson Richards.
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 1200416
Ex parte John Allen Lingerfelt.
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 1200417
Ex parte Dalton Teal.  
Date: April 9, 2021
Docket Number: 1180877

Justia Opinion Summary: Dalton Teal, a defendant in a pending personal-injury action, petitioned the Alabama Supreme Court for a writ of mandamus to direct the Jefferson Circuit Court to vacate its partial summary judgment in favor of plaintiff...

Ex parte C.A.P.
Date: April 9, 2021
Docket Number: 1190930
Ex parte Meg Jamison.  
Date: April 9, 2021
Docket Number: 1190984

Justia Opinion Summary: Meg Jamison ("Meg"), individually and as next friend of her husband, John W. Jamison III ("John"), sought a writ of mandamus to direct the Jefferson Probate Court to set aside its order automatically renewing temporary l...

Ex parte Alexandra Grace Miller.  
Date: April 2, 2021
Docket Number: 1190918

Justia Opinion Summary: Alexandra Miller, a defendant in this personal-injury action, petitioned the Alabama Supreme Court for a writ of mandamus to direct the Madison Circuit Court to vacate its order purporting to grant plaintiff Ralph Mitche...

Cadence Bank, N.A. v. Robertson  
Date: April 2, 2021
Docket Number: 1190997

Justia Opinion Summary: Cadence Bank, N.A. ("Cadence"), sued Steven Dodd Robertson and Mary Garling-Robertson, seeking to recover a debt the Robertsons allegedly owed Cadence. The circuit court ruled that Cadence's claim was barred by the statu...

Ex parte Tracy H. Besselaar.
Date: April 2, 2021
Docket Number: 1200237
Cobbs, Allen & Hall, Inc., and CAH Holdings, Inc. v. EPIC Holdings, Inc., and McInnis.  
Date: March 26, 2021
Docket Number: 1190687

Justia Opinion Summary: Cobbs, Allen & Hall, Inc. ("Cobbs Allen"), and CAH Holdings, Inc. ("CAH Holdings") (collectively,"CAH"), appealed the grant of summary judgment entered in favor of EPIC Holdings, Inc. ("EPIC"), and EPIC employee Crawford...

Ex parte Z.W.E.  
Date: March 26, 2021
Docket Number: 1190748

Justia Opinion Summary: Z.W.E., the alleged father of a child ("the child") of L.B. (Mother), petitioned the Alabama Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari to review the Court of Civil Appeals' decision in Z.W.E. v. L.B., [Ms. 2180796, June 5,...

Ex parte Tutt Real Estate, LLC, d/b/a Tutt Land Company.  
Date: March 26, 2021
Docket Number: 1190963

Justia Opinion Summary: Tutt Real Estate, LLC, doing business as Tutt Land Company ("Tutt"), petitioned the Alabama Supreme Court for a writ of mandamus to direct the Hale Circuit Court to vacate its July 2020 order awarding Tutt a smaller comm...

Brock v. Kelsoe  
Date: March 26, 2021
Docket Number: 1200141

Justia Opinion Summary: Shirley Temple Carr Ralph ("Mrs. Ralph") executed a will naming Philip Kelsoe ("the proponent") the executor and sole beneficiary of her estate. estate. Mrs. Ralph's sister, Nel Brock, contested the will, arguing that Mr...

Christopher Architecture & Interiors LLC v. Sharon Thomas
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 1190406
Ex parte William B. Blount, et al.
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 1190596
Munza, et al. v. Ivey, et al.  
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 1200003

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs Barry Munza, Larry Lewis, and Debbie Mathis appealed a circuit court order dismissing their complaint seeking certain injunctive relief and challenging a proclamation issued by Governor Kay Ivey requiring the...

Ex parte Anthony Stanley.
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 1200018
Ex parte Mark A. Reese.
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 1200252
Ex parte Tonya L. Watkins.
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 1200276
Ex parte Raymond Keith Swink.
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 1200297
Ex parte Larry G. Coker.
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 1200328
Rudolpho Blue Hughes v. Elizabeth Gonzalez Smith
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1190387
Lashel Hale v. Spartan Invest, LLC.
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1190600
Ex parte Corderious Domini McLellan.
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1190703
Ex parte State of Alabama.
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1190723
Ex parte Encompass Health Corporation.  
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1190797

Justia Opinion Summary: Encompass Health Corporation, formerly known as HealthSouth Corporation ("HealthSouth"), petitioned the Alabama Supreme Court for a writ of mandamus to direct the the trial court to vacate an order entered June 17, 2020,...

Glenn "Wink" Painter v. City of Henagar
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1190815
Eddie Kelley v. Alabama Department of Corrections
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1190843
Ex parte Darrell Burgess.
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1190856
Ex parte Thomas McMeans.
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1190869
Ex parte Aaron Lamont Johnson.
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1190910
Ex parte Brodrick LeWayne Morgan.
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1190956
James D. Hughes v. United Joint Venture, a limited partnership
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1191076
Ex parte Key Vashaun Pruitt.
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1200015
Ex parte Roger Dale Jordan.
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1200095
Ex parte D.O.
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1200101
Ex parte Sylvester Elliot.
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1200126
Ex parte Vadarius Kushun Hall.
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1200130
Ex parte Justin Lamar Curry.
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1200147
Ex parte Antonio Montez Reese.
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1200170
Ex parte Karen Pridgen Stafford.
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1200172
Ex parte Eugene Lee Jones.
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1200182
Ex parte D.L.G.
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1200192
Ex parte Paul O'Conner.
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1200194
Ex parte Ronald Armbrester.
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1200205
Ex parte B.O.
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1200227
Ex parte B.O.
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1200228
Ex parte Curtis Labarron Bennett.
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1200243
Ex parte Steven Demote King.
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1200246
Ex parte Derrione Dominique Gates.
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1200249
Ex parte Alfred Lee Barnette.
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1200253
Ex parte B.B. and P.B.
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1200256
Ex parte Rahsheike Cornell Green.
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1200257
Ex parte Keri Reed.
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1200260
Ex parte Matthew Clate McDaniel.
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1200262
Ex parte Moses Jackson.
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1200263
Ex parte Barbara Terrell.
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1200273
Ex parte S.C.H.
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1200279
Ex parte William Hubert Hancock.
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1200286
Ex parte Richard Allen Yeager.
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1200288
Ex parte Nigel Pierce Steele.
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1200308
Ex parte Joey A. Grizzell.
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1200315
Ex parte Kenneth E. Morris.
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1200327
Taylor v. Hanks  
Date: February 26, 2021
Docket Number: 1190203

Justia Opinion Summary: Lawrence Taylor appealed the grant of summary judgment entered in favor of Charles Hanks in Taylor's will contest. Taylor challenged the will of his father, Billy Lee Hite, alleging, among other things, that Hite had lac...

Dyas v. Stringfellow et al.  
Date: February 26, 2021
Docket Number: 1190258

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs Crag Dyas and Dyas, LLC appealed a circuit court's orders disposing of some of their claims against some of the defendants below. Because those orders did not constitute a valid, final judgment that would supp...

Ex parte Christopher Luke Radford.
Date: February 26, 2021
Docket Number: 1200058
Burt W. Newsome and Newsome Law, LLC v. Clark A. Cooper et al.
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 1180252
Burt W. Newsome and Newsome Law, LLC v. Balch & Bingham, LLP, et al.
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 1180302
Ex parte Larry Donald George.
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 1180511
Ex parte Alfa Mutual Insurance Company.
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 1190117
Goins v. Advanced Disposal Services Gulf Coast, LLC  
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 1190393

Justia Opinion Summary: Lonas Goins was injured when a train locomotive that he was operating collided with a garbage truck at a railroad intersection. Goins sued the owner and the driver of the truck. After a five-day trial, a jury found in fa...

Moore v. Tyson  
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 1190547

Justia Opinion Summary: Chris and Suzanne Moore, as parents and next friends of Sydney Moore, a minor, appealed the grant of summary judgment entered in favor of Pamela Tyson and Jennifer Douthit, two employees of the Huntsville City Board of E...

Murphy Oil, USA, Inc. v. English  
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 1190610

Justia Opinion Summary: Shirley English sued Murphy Oil USA, Inc., after she slipped and fell in the restroom of a Murphy Oil gas station. Murphy Oil moved for summary judgment, but the trial court denied the motion. After a bench trial, the co...

Allstate Property & Casualty Ins. Co. v. Harbin  
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 1190792

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Allstate Property and Casualty Insurance Company ("Allstate"), appealed a circuit court's order granting the posttrial motion of the plaintiff, Doyle Harbin, which sought the imposition of sanctions based on Al...

Ex parte Michael Jerome Lewis.
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 1191006
Ex parte Joseph Messina.
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 1191016
Ex parte Joseph Messina.
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 1191017
Ex parte Kerstin Dylon Reese.
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 1191067
Ex parte State of Alabama.
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 1200042
Alabama v. TY Green's Massage Therapy, Inc.  
Date: February 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1180921

Justia Opinion Summary: The State appealed a circuit court order denying its request for a preliminary injunction against TY Green's Massage Therapy, Inc., Yuping Tang, and Jiao Liu a/k/a Serena Tang (collectively, "the defendants"). In Septemb...

Ex parte Donnie Wayne Brown.
Date: February 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1190557
Ex parte Keonte Malique Moffett.
Date: February 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1190620
Ex parte Michael Smith.
Date: February 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1190622
Billy Click v. ALFA Mutual Insurance Company
Date: February 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1190733
Melissa Glover v. Steven Hargrove
Date: February 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1190834
Lori Dickerson v. Quma Lamb
Date: February 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1190845
Ex parte Tawanna G. Morton.
Date: February 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1190944
R.B.C., Sr. v. R.L.C., V.H., C.R. and E.L.C., Sr.
Date: February 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1190985
Ex parte Boone Newspapers, Inc., et al.  
Date: February 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1190995

Justia Opinion Summary: Boone Newspapers, Inc., the Selma Times-Journal, Blake Deshazo, and Will Whaley (collectively termed "the Newspaper defendants") sought mandamus review of a trial court's order denying their motion requesting that Judge...

Ex parte Raya E. Greenberger.
Date: February 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1191060
Ex parte Susannah Jane Aldridge.
Date: February 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1200152
Ex parte Jermaine Lamont Gibbs.
Date: February 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1200157
Ex parte Timothy Jackson Richards.
Date: February 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1200177
Ex parte Ladarius Orlando Laffitte.
Date: February 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1200179
Ex parte Frank S. Mullinax.
Date: February 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1200180
Ex parte John Richard Carrithers.
Date: February 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1200185
Ex parte Tyricka Lavern Calloway.
Date: February 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1200186
Ex parte Windham Sommerville.
Date: February 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1200189
Ex parte Harold Wayne Bailey.
Date: February 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1200190
Ex parte Undrea Johnson.
Date: February 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1200201
Ex parte Major D. Anderson.
Date: February 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1200202
Ex parte Henry Walker III.
Date: February 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1200203
Ex parte Barry Dowdell.
Date: February 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1200208
Ex parte Timothy Vincent Murphy.
Date: February 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1200226
Ex parte Maurice Devionne Pope.
Date: February 12, 2021
Docket Number: 1200258
Allstate Insurance Co. v. Ogletree  
Date: February 5, 2021
Docket Number: 1180896

Justia Opinion Summary: Allstate Insurance Company ("Allstate") and its insured, Kaitlin Ogletree, disagreed about the extent of damages incurred in an automobile accident that Ogletree had with an underinsured motorist. During closing argument...

Pruitt v. Oliver  
Date: January 29, 2021
Docket Number: 1190297

Justia Opinion Summary: Randall Pruitt appealed the grant of summary judgment against him and in favor of James Oliver with respect to Pruitt’s claims of negligence and wantonness stemming from a collision between Oliver’s car and Pruitt’s whee...

Nix v. Myers  
Date: January 22, 2021
Docket Number: 1170224

Justia Opinion Summary: Anthony Nix, a police officer for the City of Haleyville ("the City"), and the City appealed a judgment entered on a jury verdict in favor of John Myers. Myers filed suit asserting claims of negligence, wantonness, and n...

Butler v. Parks  
Date: January 22, 2021
Docket Number: 1190043

Justia Opinion Summary: Two attorneys filed a complaint to recover fees they billed in the course of representing indigent defendants in criminal cases, and sought to certify several classes of plaintiffs. Specifically, they asserted that State...

Ex parte McCoy, Scott, and Henderson.  
Date: January 22, 2021
Docket Number: 1190403

Justia Opinion Summary: James Olvey was killed when his vehicle was struck head on by a vehicle driven by Donald Wright II, who was driving the wrong way on Interstate 65 ("I-65") while attempting to flee the police. James Griffin, the personal...

Ex parte Michael Brown.  
Date: January 22, 2021
Docket Number: 1190962

Justia Opinion Summary: Michael Brown petitioned the Alabama Supreme Court for a writ of mandamus to direct the Lee Circuit Court to dismiss, pursuant to Rule 12(b)(6), Ala. R. Civ. P., the complaint filed against him by Christopher Beamon. Bro...

Ex parte Harbor Freight Tools USA, Inc.  
Date: January 22, 2021
Docket Number: 1190969

Justia Opinion Summary: Harbor Freight Tools USA, Inc. ("Harbor Freight"), petitioned the Alabama Supreme Court for a writ of mandamus to direct the Lowndes Circuit Court to vacate its order granting a motion to compel discovery in an action Th...

The Health Care Authority for Baptist Health v. Dickson  
Date: January 15, 2021
Docket Number: 1190179

Justia Opinion Summary: The Health Care Authority for Baptist Health, an affiliate of UAB Health System ("HCA"), and The Health Care Authority for Baptist Health, an affiliate of UAB Health System d/b/a Prattville Baptist Hospital (collectively...

Ex parte Linda Steinberg, individually and as sole remaining member and representative of Mendelson Properties, LLC.  
Date: January 15, 2021
Docket Number: 1190576

Justia Opinion Summary: Linda Steinberg, individually and as the sole remaining member and representative of Mendelson Properties, LLC, petitioned the Alabama Supreme Court for a writ of mandamus to direct the Etowah Circuit Court to vacate its...

Joseph McClure v. Warrior Enterprises, LLC, and H. Vann Gravlee
Date: January 15, 2021
Docket Number: 1190662
Warrior Enterprises, LLC, and H. Vann Gravlee v. Joseph McClure
Date: January 15, 2021
Docket Number: 1190699
David Fannon and Sarah Fannon v. City of Daphne
Date: January 15, 2021
Docket Number: 1190736
Ex parte Jacquees Maurice Boone.
Date: January 15, 2021
Docket Number: 1191092
Ex parte C.B.S.
Date: January 15, 2021
Docket Number: 1200121
Martin Blankenship et al. v. City of Irondale
Date: January 8, 2021
Docket Number: 1180777
Edward Lemuel McRight v. Alabama State Bar
Date: January 8, 2021
Docket Number: 1190420
Ex parte Marcus King George.  
Date: January 8, 2021
Docket Numbers: 1190490, 1190498

Justia Opinion Summary: Marcus King George and Alyssa Watson petitioned the Alabama SUpreme Court for certiorari review of the Court of Criminal Appeals' decision in Watson v. Alabama, Ms. CR-18-0377, Jan. 10, 2020 (Ala. Crim. App. 2020), which...

Ex parte Alyssa Sue Watson.
Date: January 8, 2021
Docket Number: 1190498
David Charles King v. Richard L. Jacks and David Hunter, Jr.
Date: January 8, 2021
Docket Number: 1190916
Ex parte C. J. M., Sr.
Date: January 8, 2021
Docket Number: 1191089
Ex parte David Gregory Copenhaver.
Date: January 8, 2021
Docket Number: 1191094
Ex parte Eric Lamar Skanes.
Date: January 8, 2021
Docket Number: 1200027
Ex parte Lugine Capri Caver.
Date: January 8, 2021
Docket Number: 1200031
Ex parte Darcell Marcellos Orl Walker.
Date: January 8, 2021
Docket Number: 1200045
Ex parte Reed Max Knight.
Date: January 8, 2021
Docket Number: 1200057
Ex parte Patrick Alexander McCoy.
Date: January 8, 2021
Docket Number: 1200064
Ex parte G.C.
Date: January 8, 2021
Docket Number: 1200065
Ex parte Skylar William Cooper.
Date: January 8, 2021
Docket Number: 1200067
Ex parte G.C.
Date: January 8, 2021
Docket Number: 1200068
Ex parte Lawrence Eddie Hinkle, Jr.
Date: January 8, 2021
Docket Number: 1200075
Ex parte Dlonata Khalil Melton.
Date: January 8, 2021
Docket Number: 1200078
Ex parte Eric Lenell Johnson.
Date: January 8, 2021
Docket Number: 1200096
Ex parte Clifford Sinclair Madison.
Date: January 8, 2021
Docket Number: 1200111
Ex parte Aderemi Adebola Onasayna.
Date: January 8, 2021
Docket Number: 1200112
Ex parte Michael Burns.
Date: January 8, 2021
Docket Number: 1200113
Ex parte Thomas Sterling Biggart, Jr.
Date: January 8, 2021
Docket Number: 1200125
Ex parte Kendall Nicole Scott.
Date: January 8, 2021
Docket Number: 1200127
Ex parte Anthony Scott Papineau.
Date: January 8, 2021
Docket Number: 1200131
Ex parte Billy Alfred Flowers.
Date: January 8, 2021
Docket Number: 1200133
Ex parte Kevin M. Henderson.
Date: January 8, 2021
Docket Number: 1200135
Ex parte B.J.
Date: January 8, 2021
Docket Number: 1200149
Ex parte B.J.
Date: January 8, 2021
Docket Number: 1200150
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