Ex parte Northport Health Service, Inc

In Ex parte Northport Health Service, Inc., 682 So. 2d 52 (Ala. 1996), the administrator of a deceased nursing-home resident's estate sued the nursing home, claiming that the facility's employees had abused, mistreated, or neglected the resident. The administrator sought discovery of "similar acts" of abuse. Following the trial court's order finding that information discoverable, the nursing home petitioned this Court for a writ of mandamus. The Court held that the AMLA barred a plaintiff's discovery of "similar acts" or "pattern-and-practice" evidence, and ordered that the trial court vacate its previous discovery order. 682 So. 2d at 55-56.