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Grimes v. Saban

Supreme Court of Alabama
173 So. 3d 919 (2014)



Sarah Grimes (plaintiff) got into an altercation with Kristen Saban (defendant) in Saban’s apartment. The altercation became physical, resulting in Grimes suffering injuries. Grimes brought suit against Saban for assault and battery. Saban claimed self-defense, testifying that she was in her bedroom with the door locked when Grimes escalated the altercation by banging on the door and yelling. Saban claimed that when she opened her door, Grimes got within inches of Saban’s face and continued yelling. Saban testified that she then pushed Grimes because she reasonably believed that Grimes would imminently use physical force against her. Grimes testified that when Saban opened the bedroom door, Grimes initially backed away from the door before Saban pushed her. The trial court granted Saban’s motion for summary judgment. Grimes appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Bryan, J.)

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