Alabama Power Co. v. King – Case Brief Summary (Alabama)

In Alabama Power Co. v. King, 280 Ala. 119, 190 So. 2d 674 (1966) the trial court's judgment held two automobile drivers and the power company jointly liable, based on a finding that they had caused the plaintiffs' house to burn as a result of an automobile's colliding with a power pole.

On appeal, this Court determined that as to the power company the complaint should have been dismissed for a failure to aver negligence against the defendant. The automobile drivers argued on appeal that the negligence charged against them individually and the resulting damage to the plaintiffs were "not sufficiently conjoined as to cause and effect as to support a cause of action." 280 Ala. at 124, 190 So. 2d at 679.

The Court reversed the entire judgment, pretermitting any discussion of the argument made by the individual defendants, who had in fact filed briefs asking for a reversal as to them. The Court stated that the pleadings and the proof rendered the claims against the power company and the two individual defendants "so intertwined as to be inseparable." 280 Ala. at 124, 190 So. 2d at 679.