Ex parte Dr. Katherine Crafton, D.C. and Crafton Chiropractic, Inc., (In
re: Doug Johnson v. Dr. Katherine Crafton, D.C., et al., Mobile Circuit
Court: CV-19-900178), [Ms. 1190584, June 11, 2020] __ So. 3d __ (Ala.
2020). In a Cunningham Bounds case, the Supreme Court denies a petition
for a writ of mandamus filed by Defendants Dr. Katherine Crafton and Crafton
Chiropractic, Inc. The mandamus petition sought an order directing the
Mobile Circuit Court to vacate orders compelling discovery of information
which Defendants contended was exempt from discovery by the Alabama Medical
Liability Act (“AMLA”). The circuit court had ruled that the
AMLA did not apply.
The Plaintiff moved to dismiss the mandamus petition as untimely, because
it was not filed prior to the date set by the circuit court for compliance
with its orders compelling production. The Court (Parker, C.J., and Bolin,
Wise, Bryan, Sellers, Mendheim, Stewart, and Mitchell, JJ., concur; Shaw,
J., dissents) denied the petition for a writ of mandamus, without opinion.