Screening or Censorship: The Collection of Visa Applicants’ Social Media Information

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Photo Credit: https://www.gadgetguy.com.au/the-us-visa-application-needs-to-know-your-social-media-presence/

By: Elizabeth Hosmer
Member, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

In March of 2018, the United States Department of State proposed a new requirement for United States visa applicants to disclose their previous addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, international travel and deportation statuses, and social media usernames.[1] Continue reading “Screening or Censorship: The Collection of Visa Applicants’ Social Media Information”

Alabama’s Amended Hospital Lien Laws

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Photo Credit: Texas Senator Submits Bill to Allows Hospitals to Continue Scamming Patients, Moore L. Firm, https://moore-firm.com/texas-senator-submits-bill-to-allow-hospitals-to-continue-scamming-patients/ (last visited Dec. 4, 2019).

By: Lauren Wiggins
Research and Writing Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

Medical bills are a primary source of damages that personal injury suits seek to recover.  Those bills can be astronomical when such an injury requires treatment at a hospital whether through a few hours in the emergency department or an extended period of hospital admission.

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Alienation of Affections: Suing Your Spouse’s Lover

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Photo Credit: https://knowyourmeme.com/photos/1287555-distracted-boyfriend (last visited Nov. 10, 2019).

By: C. Jordan Godwin
Member, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

Not every story has a happy ending, especially when one spouse finds the other in bed with a stranger.  One North Carolina man, Kevin Howard (“Howard”), understands that unfortunate truth better than most, having recently made national headlines for suing his ex-wife’s lover for alienation of affections.[1] 

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Sandy Hook Relatives Seek to Hold Gun Manufacturer Accountable

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Photo Credit:https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/supreme-court-will-rule-on-expedited-removal-of-those-denied-asylum-requests/2019/10/18/916a4716-f1dd-11e9-89eb-ec56cd414732_story.html.

By: Jean Talbott
Senior Associate Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

A recent Supreme Court decision has given families of Sandy Hook victims hope in their battle against gun manufacturers.[1]   Continue reading “Sandy Hook Relatives Seek to Hold Gun Manufacturer Accountable”

The Times They Are a Changin’ In College Athletics

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Photo Credit: The Sports World Begins To React To California’s Fair Pay To Play Act, Forbes (Sept. 30, 2019), https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristidosh/2019/09/30/the-sports-world-begins-to-react-to-californias-fair-pay-to-play-act/#787524d91e0e.

By: Cobb Bostick
Executive Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

The landscape of college athletics could be on the verge of a major shift in policy.  The debate over whether or not college athletes should be paid has been a popular topic of conversation through the years.   Continue reading “The Times They Are a Changin’ In College Athletics”

Not So Dope: Multidistrict Opioid Litigation Against Manufacturers and Distributors of Prescription Drugs in the United States

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Photo Credit: Shadrach Michaels, Treating WPC’s Opioid Addiction, Ely Times (Sept. 13, 2019), https://elynews.com/2019/09/13/treating-wpcs-opioid-addiction/.

By: Stephanie Smith
Senior Associate Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

The opioid crisis is a national health crisis that has affected public health, as well as economic and social welfare.  States, cities, municipalities, and Native American tribes across the United States are sounding the alarm on the opioid crisis as one of the worst medical catastrophes in the nation’s history.[1]   Continue reading “Not So Dope: Multidistrict Opioid Litigation Against Manufacturers and Distributors of Prescription Drugs in the United States”

Alabama’s Cannabis Crossroads

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Photo Credit: https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/marijuana-bill-tulsi-gabbard-don-young-weed-decriminalization-804633/ (last visited Oct. 3, 2019).

By: Gray Gilmore
Member, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

            As of now, thirty-four states in the United States allow cannabis to be prescribed for medicinal purposes. Continue reading “Alabama’s Cannabis Crossroads”

When Giving a Hug is Neither Legal Nor Ethical: Did a Judge’s Decision to Give a Defendant a Hug and Bible Cross the Line?

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Photo Credit: Why ethics and law are not the same thing, In The Black, https://www.intheblack.com/articles/2015/04/01/why-ethics-and-law-are-not-the-same-thing.

By: Lindsey Phillips
Research and Writing Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

On October 1, 2019, ex-Dallas police officer Amber Guyger was convicted of murder for shooting and killing Botham Jean after she claimed she thought he was an intruder when she mistook his apartment for her own.[1] Continue reading “When Giving a Hug is Neither Legal Nor Ethical: Did a Judge’s Decision to Give a Defendant a Hug and Bible Cross the Line?”

International Service of Process – A Peek Behind the Curtain

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Photo Credit: https://calspro.org/category/process-service/page/2/

By: Will Johnson
Member, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

           For most attorneys, international litigation is a rare occurrence.  As the world and its people grow increasingly connected, however, the opportunities for global disputes only increase. Continue reading “International Service of Process – A Peek Behind the Curtain”

Heating Up: The Rise of Climate Change Litigation

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Photo Credit: https://www.pexels.com/photo/air-air-pollution-climate-change-dawn-221012/

By: Bobby McNeill
Member, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

On October 9, 2019, the Alaska Supreme Court heard oral arguments for Sinnok v. Alaska,which involves a civil suit brought by a group of teens alleging, among other things, that the state of Alaska has failed to protect its citizens from the effects of climate change.[1] Continue reading “Heating Up: The Rise of Climate Change Litigation”