81-382, 81-383.

439 So.2d 12 (1983)

Gerald D. RANNELLS v. Ray GRAHAM, et al. AMERICAN COAL ENERGIES, INC., et al. v. Ray GRAHAM, et al.

Supreme Court of Alabama.

Rehearing Denied September 30, 1983.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Robert B. French, Jr., for Appellant Gerald D. Rannells, Fort Payne, Morris W. Savage and Charles R. Stephens of Bankhead, Savage & Stephens, Jasper, for appellant American Coal Energies, Inc. and Shirl McArthur.

Harvey Jackson, Jr. of Tweedy, Jackson & Beech, Jasper and James K. Davis of Fite, Davis & Atkinson, Hamilton, for appellees.

ALMON, Justice.

These consolidated appeals involve a suit on a promissory note and a suretyship agreement. The trial court granted judgment on a jury verdict of $1,240,000.00 against the corporate maker of the note and $488,250.00 against the individual defendants who signed as sureties for the corporation. In addition to questions as to the validity of these instruments, the case presents questions regarding the pre-trial hearing and the instructions to the jury...


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