PRL 101 Complaint assignment, Fall 2014

As you know, a complaint is the document that starts a civil lawsuit. The pleading standard for a complaint is that it must be a “short, plain statement” of the case that is sufficient to give the defendant notice of what is at stake in the lawsuit. Read the assignment below for a summary of the facts and allegations in the case, and then use the complaint form to create a complaint to be filed in the Circuit Court for Tuscaloosa County. You can also refer to the sample complaint for a general idea of what a complaint should look like. The complaint should make general allegations necessary to satisfy the elements of the claim, but it should not include every fact that will be proved at trial.

BUS 263-01 make-up/bonus test


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In case you weren’t in class on Tuesday, the grades on the first test were dismal. The class average was a 56, and 85% of grades were less than a C. Twenty percent of the questions were missed by two thirds or more of the class, and those questions covered topics that were important for you to learn.

To remedy this shortcoming, I am offering a second chance. On Tuesday, Sept. 30, we will have a make-up test in class that will allow you to earn back up to half of the points that you missed on the test. For example, if you made a 70, you missed 30 points and can earn back up to 15 points for a possible score of 85; if you made a 40, you missed 60 points and can earn back up to 30 points for a possible score of 70.

The test will focus on the following topics:

  • Arbitration
  • The US Constitution
    • Enumerated powers
    • Bill of Rights
  • Court systems, including
    • State v. federal court
    • Jurisdiction
    • Legal v. equitable remedies

Monday Roundup


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Here’s a quick look at what’s coming up this week:

  • In BUS 100-01 this week, we’ll finish our discussion of business organizations by looking at corporations and LLCs, and on Thursday, we’ll review for next week’s test.
  • In BUS 100-80, we’ll look at forms of business ownership.
  • In BUS 263-01, we’ll discuss criminal law on Tuesday and begin our study of contract law on Thursday.
  • In BUS 263-80, we’ll discuss criminal law.
  • In PRL 101, we’ll have our first test on Tuesday and then rearrange the calendar a bit to push some due dates back and look at civil litigation and procedure on Thursday.

Monday roundup


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Here’s a quick look at what’s coming up this week:

  • In BUS 100-01 this week, we’ll look at business communication and start discussing business formation.
  • In BUS 100-80 we’ll discuss business communication.
  • In BUS 263-01, we’ll review on Tuesday and have the first test on Thursday.
  • In BUS 263-80, we’ll discuss constitutional law.
  • In PRL 101, we’ll discuss court systems and Alternative Dispute resolution on Tuesday and review for the first test on Thursday.

Monday roundup


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Here’s what’s happening this week:

In BUS 100-80 (Introduction to business online) and BUS 263-80 (Legal & social environment of business online), we’re moving from Blackboard’s blog tool to the discussion forum as a result of user interface problems. You should have gotten an email from me about the change last week. In BUS 263-80, we’ll be looking at ethics this week, and in BUS 100-80, we’ll be looking at business law.

In BUS 100-01 (f2f), we’ll be spending the week looking at a topic near and dear to my heart, business law. We’ll be looking at contracts and torts on Tuesday and more on torts and intellectual property on Thursday.

In BUS 263-01 (f2f),  we’ll be discussing the US Constitution. We’ll look at powers granted to Congress on Tuesday and limits on state action on Thursday.

In PRL 101, don’t forget that the final, graded version of your first brief assignment is due tomorrow. We’ll talk about technology on Tuesday and the US Constitution on Thursday.

Have a good week!

PRL 101: Webb v. Webb

Given that the final version of the first brief assignment is due tomorrow, you all should have already saved a copy of the case for use in revising your drafts. However, I’ve just been made aware of a problem with our Fastcase login,  so while I figure out what’s going on (and how to fix it!), I’ll post a copy of the case here  for your convenience: