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Employment Law

  • Thomas v. Wiregrass Const. Co., No. 2:12-CV-1071-MEF, 2014 WL 129042
    (M.D. Ala. Jan. 14, 2014)
    (summary judgment in favor of defendant in Title VII sexual harassment and Americans with Disabilities Act discrimination case)
  • Waltz v. Dunning, No. 2:13–CV–00517, 2014 U.S. Dist. Lexis 178660
    (N.D. Ala. Dec. 31, 2014)
    (summary judgement entered as to claims of hostile work environment and state law torts)
  • Foster v. Mid State Land & Timber Co., No. 2:06–CV–405–ID, 2007 WL 3287345
    (M.D. Ala. Nov. 5, 2007)
    (summary judgment in favor of Defendant as to claims of race discrimination)
  • Lewis v. Goldco, Inc., CV–02–1008
    (M.D. Ala. Nov. 5, 2007)
    (summary judgment in favor of Defendant in Title VII sexual harassment and retaliation case), aff’d by unpublished opinion, No. 04–11352–DD (11th Cir. April 5, 2005).
  • Boley v. Amedisys Hospice, LLC, No. CV-10-900609
    (Circuit Court of Etowah County Oct. 17, 2013)
    (defense verdict in workers’ compensation retaliatory discharge action)
  • Weeks v. Hous. Auth. of City of Opp, Ala., 292 F.R.D. 689
    (M.D. Ala. Sept. 5, 2013)
    (dismissal of local housing authority pursuant to Rule 19 for failure to join HUD in Title VII race discrimination action)
  • Valentine v. Johnston Textiles, No. 3:11-cv-50-MHT, 2012 WL 887059
    (M.D. Ala. March 15, 2012)
    (summary judgment in favor of defendant in Americans with Disabilities Act case)
  • Martin v. RaCON, Inc., CV-10-1331
    (Circuit Court of Mobile County Oct. 18, 2011)
    (summary judgment in favor of defendant in tort action premised on sexual harassment)
  • Springer v. Ketom Constr. Co., CV-10-900631
    (Circuit Court of Jefferson County Feb. 9, 2011)
    (summary judgment in favor of defendant in wrongful withholding/negligence case), aff’d without opinion, No. 2100538 (Ala. Cir. App. Feb. 3, 2012)
  • Paulk v. Stonemark Mgmt., LLC, CV-07-900966
    (Circuit Court of Montgomery County Nov. 24, 2009)
    (summary judgment in favor of defendant in Alabama Age Discrimination in Employment Act case)
  • Davis v. RaCON, Inc., No. 2:09-cv-1764-AKK
    (N.D. Ala. May 27, 2010)
    (summary judgment in favor of defendant based on judicial estoppel in race discrimination case)
  • J. Gordon Gaine, Inc., et al. v. ITAC Solutions, LLC; No. CV-2008-2467
    (Circuit Court of Jefferson County Jan. 12, 2010)
    (summary judgment in favor of defendant professional recruiting firm on tort claims brought by former client related to the qualifications of individual hired for executive position), aff’d without opinion, No. 1090683 (Ala. Sept. 10, 2010)
  • ITAC Solutions, LLC v. Allstates Technical Services, Inc., et al., No. CV-2009-1663
    (Circuit Court of Jefferson County June 25, 2009)
    (order granting preliminary injunction enforcing non-compete agreement against former employee and his subsequent employer)
  • Tanecia Turner v. Bruister & Associates, Inc., et al, No. 3:07-cv-2331-CLS
    (N.D. Ala. Feb. 26, 2010)
    (denying FLSA collective action certification in case involving alleged overtime violations by home satellite installation contractor)
  • Felder v. Bradford Health Services, No. CV-08-H-1342-S
    (N.D. Ala. Nov. 23, 2009)
    (summary judgment in favor of defendants as to claims of race discrimination, retaliation, and promissory fraud)
  • Kevin Billups v. Alabama State University, CV-08-386
    (Circuit Court of Montgomery County Dec. 2, 2008 )
    (summary judgment granted in favor of Defendant in appeal of termination decision)
  • Foster v. Mid State Land & Timber Company, Inc., No.2:06-CV-405-ID,2007 WL 3287345
    (M.D. Ala. Nov. 5, 2007)
    (summary judgment in favor of Defendant as to claims of race discrimination)
  • Harris, et al. v. Mid State Land & Timber Company, Inc., No.2:06-CV-875-ID, 2007 WL 2903007
    (M.D. Ala. Oct. 3, 2007)
    (summary judgment in favor of Defendant in multi-plaintiff race discrimination case)
  • Richardson v. Alabama Pine Pulp Company, 513 F. Supp. 2d 1314
    (S.D. Ala. 2007)
    (summary judgment in favor of the Defendant as to claims of race discrimination and retaliation)
  • Burkes v. Hubbell Steel Corp., No. 2:06-CV-01959-VEH
    (N.D. Ala. 2007)
    (summary judgment in favor of Defendant as to claims of race and age discrimination and retaliation)
  • Seamon v. Interstate Oil Co., CV-05-364
    (Circuit court of Elmore County Mar. 7, 2006)
    (summary judgment in favor of Defendant on state law retaliatory discharge claim)
  • Minor v. L.B. Smith, Inc., CV-04-H-0826-S
    (N.D. Ala. Sept.2, 2005)
    (summary judgment in favor of Defendant in ADEA case)
  • Lewis v. Goldco, Inc., CV-02-1008-F
    (M.D. Ala. Feb. 13, 2004)
    (summary judgment in favor of Defendant in Title VII sexual harassment and retaliation case), aff’d by unpublished opinion, no. 04-11352-DD (April 5, 2005)
  • Blackmon v. Goldco, Inc., CV-02-1008-F
    (M.D. Ala. Feb. 13, 2004)
    (summary judgment in favor of Defendant in Title VII sexual harassment and retaliation case), aff’d by unpublished opinion, no. 04-11352-DD (April 5, 2005)
  • Cunningham v. Alabama River Pulp Co., CV-02-0966-BH-M
    (S.D. Ala. Mar. 10, 2004)
    (summary judgment in favor of Defendants in race discrimination and retaliation case), aff’d by unpublished opinion, no. 04-11824-CC (December 6, 2004)
  • Crockett v. Bama Concrete Products Co., CV-01-14
    (Circuit Court of Sumter County Oct. 31, 2003)
    (summary judgment in favor of Defendant in retaliatory discharge case)
  • Howard v. Central Alabama Skills Center, CV-01-A-1381-N
    (M.D. Ala. Aug. 5, 2002)
    (summary judgment in favor of Defendants in race discrimination and retaliation case)
  • Calvert v. Bradford Health Services, CV-00-H-2400-S
    (N.D. Ala. Feb. 1, 2002)
    (summary judgment granted in favor of Defendant in race discrimination case)
  • Sipper v. Piggly Wiggly Co., CV-00-T-1656-N
    (M.D. Ala. Jan. 14, 2002)
    (summary judgment granted in favor of Defendant in sexual harassment and gender discrimination case)
  • Crase v. Piggly Wiggly Co., CV-00-D-1655-N
    (M.D. Ala. Jan. 14, 2002)
    (summary judgment granted in favor of Defendant in sexual harassment and gender discrimination case)
  • Select Rehab, Inc. v. United States, 205 F. Supp. 2d 376
    (M.D. Pa. 2002)
    (summary judgment in favor of employer-taxpayer in suit challenging IRS’s characterization of independent contractors as employees)
  • Kentfield Medical Hospital Corp. v. United States, 215 F. Supp. 2d 1064
    (N.D. Cal. 2002)
    (representing employer challenging payment of employment taxes on alleged independent contractors)
  • Scott v. King Wholesale Supply Co., CV-00-J-1865-S
    (N.D. Ala. Sept. 21, 2001)
    (summary judgment in favor of Defendant in race discrimination case)
  • Pollard v. Ryder/ATE, Inc., CV-00-H-1647-S
    (N.D. Ala. July 10, 2001)
    (summary judgment in favor of Defendant in Title VII race discrimination case)
  • Reeves v. Opelika Housing Authority, CV-00-T-1235-E
    (M.D. Ala. May 21, 2001)
    (summary judgment in favor of Defendant in sexual harassment and retaliation case)
  • Brooks v. Wireless One, Inc., CV-98-706
    (Houston County Circuit Court May 7, 2001)
    (summary judgment in favor of Defendant as to claim of retaliatory discharge under worker’s compensation statute), aff’d without opinion, No.1001603 (Ala. Dec. 14, 2001)

Banking and Financial Services Litigation

  • Christ v. Beneficial Corp,
    547 F.3 1292
    (11th Cir. 2008)
  • Meadows v. Franklin Collection Services, Inc.,
    2011 WL 479997
    (11th Cir. Feb. 11, 2011)
  • Mahan v. Retrieval-Masters Credit Bureau, Inc.,
    777 F. Supp. 2d 1293
    (S.D. Ala., 2011)
  • Hester v. Regions Bank,
    2010 WL 2232158
    (M.D. Ala. June 3, 2010)
  • Rogers v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc,
    2009 WL 1118898
    (S.D. Ala. April 24, 2009)
  • In re Hasson Turner,
    2009 WL 764574
    (Bankr., M.D. Ala. March 20, 2009)
  • Riley v. Nationscredit Financial Services Corp.,
    2008 WL 3992743
    (M.D. Ala. Aug. 26, 2008)
  • Malfatti v. Bank of America, N.A.,
    99 So. 3d 1221
    (Ala. 2012)
  • Marie Hunt v. NationsCredit Financial Services Corp.,
    902 So. 2d 75
    (Ala. Civ. App. 2004)
  • Bank of America Corp. v. Edwards,
    881 So. 2d 403
    (Ala. 2003)
  • Evergreen Forest Products of Georgia, LLC v. Bank of America, N.A.,
    262 F. Supp. 2d 1297
    (M.D. Ala. 2003)

Professional, Director and Officers, Fiduciary Liability

  • Rawlings Anders v. Fairhope Single Tax Corp.,
    No. CV–2014–900937
    (Circuit Court of Baldwin County May 13, 2016)
    (verdict entered in favor of Fairhope Single Tax Corporation following bench trial and verdict affirmed on appeal by Alabama Supreme Court)
  • Hines v. City of Florence, et.al.,
    No. 3:14–CV–1141–CLS
    (N.D. Ala. Dec. 3, 2015)
    (summary judgment granted in favor of psychiatrist on former patient’s claims arising out of involuntary hospitalization)
  • Daily v. Rawlings Co.,
    No. 2:15–W–1138 – VEH, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5254
    (N.D. Ala. Jan. 15, 2016)
    (granting motion to dismiss class action complaint challenging collection and enforcement of subrogation interests)
  • Springer v. Ketom Constr. Co.,
    No. CV–10–900631
    (Circuit Court of Jefferson County Feb. 9, 2011)
    (summary judgment in favor of defendant in wrongful withholding/negligence case), aff’d without opinion, No. 2100538 (Ala. Civ. App. Feb. 3, 2012)
  • Carroll v. Holden Properties, Inc., et al.,
    No. CV-2012-153
    (Circuit Court of Lauderdale County Nov. 19, 2013)
    (summary judgment in favor of real estate broker in negligence action)
  • Adams v. Hooper,
    No. 7:12-CV-1942-LSC, 2013 WL 5777032
    (N.D. Ala. Oct. 25, 2013)
    (summary judgment in favor of defendant-psychiatrist in medical malpractice action)
  • Moore v. Prudential Residential Services Ltd. Partnership, 849 So. 2d 914
    (Ala. 2002)
    (summary judgment for Real Estate Broker in fraud case)
  • Martin v. Equitable Life Assur. Soc. of the U.S., 344 Ark. 177, 40 S.W. 3d 733
    (Ark. 2001)
    (summary judgment for insurance company in sales practice case)
  • NationsBanc Investments, Inc. v. Paramore, 736 So. 2d 589
    (Ala. 1999)
  • Moore v. Bradford Health Services,
    CV-99-0363
    (Shelby County Cir. Ct. Sept. 12, 2000)
    (summary judgment in favor of Defendant in sexual abuse case involving a minor), aff’d without opinion, No. 2000086, Ala. Civ. App. (Mar. 30, 2001)
  • Dancy v. Bradford Health Services,
    CV-00-895
    (Jefferson County Cir. Ct. Dec. 21, 2000)
    (summary judgment in favor of Defendant in medical malpractice case)
  • In the Matter of William V. McCaleb,
    Case No. 92-70019-JAC-13
    (Bankr., N.D. Ala. June 1, 2001)
    (judgment in favor of bankruptcy trustee for claims against trustee for breach of fiduciary duty)

Commercial and Class Litigation

    • Christ v. Beneficial Corp,
      547 F.3 1292
      (11th Cir. 2008)
    • Evans v. Walter Industries, Inc.,
      449 F.3d 1159
      (11th Cir. 2006)
      (removal of environmental class action under Class Action Fairness Act)
    • Alabama Dynamics, Inc. v. McDaniel Machinery, Inc.,
      2013 WL 5511052
      (N.D. Ala. Nov. 9, 2012)
      (dismissal of international shipping company for lack of personal jurisdiction)
    • Eon Realty, Inc. v. O’Brien,
      2012 WL 3069945
      (M.D. Ala July 27, 2012)
      (dismissal of plaintiff’s claims in trademark infringement and unfair competition case)
    • In re TJX Companies Retail Sec. Breach Litigation,
      246 F.R.D. 389
      (D. Mass. 2007)
    • Retirement Systems of Alabama v. Merrill Lynch & Co.,
      209 F. Supp. 2d 1257
      (M.D. Ala. 2002)
    • In re Consolidated Non-Filing Insurance Fee Litigation,
      195 F.R.D. 684
      (M.D. Ala. 2000)
    • Jackson v. Jupiter Communities, LLC,
      CV-09-902567
      (Circuit Court of Jefferson County Aug. 9, 2010)
      (denial of class certification in action under Alabama Uniform Residential Landlord Tenant Act)

Toxic Tort and Environmental Litigation

    • Solutia, Inc. v. McWane, Inc.,
      672 F. 3d 1230
      (11th Cir. 2012)
    • Lowery v. Alabama Power Co.,
      483F.3d 1184
      (11th Cir. 2007)
    • Evans v. Walter Industries, Inc.,
      449 F.3d 1159
      (11th Cir. 2006)
    • Ex parte Hanna Steel Corp.,
      905 So. 2d 808
      (Ala. 2004)

Insurance Coverage Litigation

    • Vulcan Engineering Co. v. XL Ins. America, Inc.,
      201 Fed. Appx. 678
      (11th Cir. 2006)
    • Alabama Mun. Ins. Co. v. Alliant Ins. Servs., Inc.,
      2012 WL39950
      (M.D. Ala. Jan. 9, 2012), aff’d, 521 Fed.Appx. 873 (11th Cir. 2013)
    • Travelers Cas. & Surety Co. v. Alabama Gas Corp.,
      117 So. 3d 695
      (Ala. 2012)

Civil Rights / Municipal Liability Defense

    • Weems v. City of Trussville,
      CV-00-B-1221-S
      (N.D. Ala Aug. 1, 2002)
      (summary judgment in favor of Defendants as to Plaintiff’s constitutional claims asserted under 42 U.S.C. § 1983), aff’d without opinion, No. 02-14787G (11th Cir. July 10, 2003)
    • Leeth v. Cullman County,
      CV-01-S-1236-NE
      (N.D. Ala. Aug. 14, 2002)
      (summary judgment in favor of Defendant as to constitutional claims asserted under 42 U.S.C. § 1983)
    • Hampton v. Cullman County,
      CV-01-B-0417-S
      (N.D. Ala. Dec. 31, 2002)
      (summary judgment granted in favor of Defendants as to constitutional claims asserted under 42 U.S.C. § 1983)
    • Mitchell v. City of Fairfield,
      CV-00-103
      (Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Bessemer Division Sept. 11, 2000)
      (summary judgment granted in favor of Defendant in false arrest and imprisonment case)
    • Ellis v. City of Fairfield,
      CV-00-728
      (Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Bessemer Division)
      (summary judgment granted in favor of Defendant as to wrongful interference claim)
    • Cloud v. Watson,
      CV-98-N-2248-NE
      (N.D. Ala. Sept. 17, 2001)
      (summary judgment granted in favor of Defendants as to constitutional claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983)
    • Williams v. Jones,
      CV-99-3012
      (N.D. Ala. Apr. 24, 2001)
      (summary judgment granted in favor of Defendants as to constitutional claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983)

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

    • Federal Ins. Co. v. McCord, 2
      009 WL 3379381
      (M.D. Ala. 2009)
    • Evergreen Forest Products of Georgia, LLC v. Bank of America, N.A.,
      262 F. Supp. 2d 1297
      (M.D. Ala. 2003)
    • NationsBanc Investments, Inc. v. Paramore,
      736 So. 2d 589
      (Ala. 1999)
    • Berlacher v. PaineWebber, Inc.,
      759 F. Supp. 21
      (D.D.C. 1991)