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A summary judgment obtained by Julie Pearce was recently affirmed

A summary judgment obtained by Julie Pearce was recently affirmed by the Alabama Court of Appeals. Julie successfully argued to the trial court that her clients were not liable for a motor vehicle accident caused when one of the defendant’s cows wandered onto the roadway in the late evening hours. Citing long-standing Alabama law governing the keeping of livestock and fencing requirements in rural areas of the state, Julie argued that the plaintiffs’ attempts to impose stricter requirements on the cow’s owner because of the condition of the fencing on property where the cow was kept were improper. Julie also argued that a last minute attempt to challenge the constitutionality of one of these statutes on appeal was improper and untimely. The Court of Civil Appeals agreed, issuing a lengthy published opinion that clarifies Alabama law concerning the rights and responsibilities of keepers of livestock.

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