229 So.3d 751 (2017)

EX PARTE CAREMARK RX, LLC, formerly known as MedPartners, Inc., and Caremark, Inc. (In re: James Taff v. Caremark Rx, LLC, formerly known as MedPartners, Inc., and Caremark, Inc.).

Supreme Court of Alabama.

February 24, 2017.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Matthew H. Lembke and David G. Hymer of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, Birmingham; and Daniel Gray McDowell of McDowell, Beason & Hamilton, PC, Russellville, for petitioner.

D. Frank Davis and John E. Norris of Davis & Norris, LLP, Birmingham; and Jeffrey L. Bowling of Bedford, Rogers & Bowling, P.C., Russellville, for respondent.

Bruce J. McKee , John W. Haley , Scott A. Powell , Brian M. Vines , Ralph D. Cook , and Tempe D. Smith of Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton, LLP, Birmingham; J. Timothy Francis of Francis Law, LLC, Birmingham; and John Q. Somerville of Somerville, LLC, Birmingham, for amici curiae class counsel for certified class, in support of the petitioner.

In June 2000, the Franklin Circuit Court ("the trial court") entered a final judgment approving a settlement agreement in Taff v. Caremark, Inc., a class-action lawsuit against the corporate predecessor of the petitioner, Caremark Rx, LLC ("Caremark). Approximately 16 years later, in July 2016,


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