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Schmidt, Sethi & Akmajian publishes a highly-regarded industry newsletter called Thinking – Connecting the Community with Current Issues, designed to help our clients, colleagues, and the community better understand and meet some of the challenges of our complex and changing society. 

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Current Issue

April 2024 

  • Uninsured & Underinsured Motorist Coverage: Understanding the Basics
  • Ensuring the Safety of Your Most Precious Cargo
  • AZ Courts Steer Underinsured Policies Off-Road

Previous Issues of Thinking:

September 2023

  • Wellness Resources from the State Bar of Arizona
  • Safeguarding Your Interests: Arizona's Client Protection Fund
  • State Bar of Arizona Legal Specialization

May 2023

  • Product Recalls
  • Consumer Protection In Arizona Re: automobiles
  • Preventing Medical Errors
  • Insurance Policies to Consider

December 2022

  • Medical Malpractice Birth Injury Litigation
  • Bar Responsibility/Social Hosts
  • Developments in Insurance Bad Faith
  • Claims Against Local Public Entities 

June 2022

  • Beware of Aftermarket Car Modifications
  • Dev Sethi Q & A
  • Taking Your Dog for a Walk? Keep It Leashed
  • How Life 360 Sells Your Location Information

January 2021

  • The Ongoing Saga of Rule 68 Offers of Judgment
  • COVID Litigation - Is it a Thing?
  • What are Frivolous Lawsuit?
  • A Crash Course on Wellness in the Final Push

January 2020

  • Before You Rent a Scooter, Protect Yourself Legally
  • Why You Need a Real ID& How to Get Yours Before the Deadline
  • Black Boxes in Medicine & the Implications for Malpractice Cases
  • AZ Supreme Court Finding Allows Businesses to Refuse Service to Same Sex Couples  

September 2019

  • Ride-hailing for Kids, Super Convenient or Uber Dangerous
  • AZ Extends Statute of Limitations to Bring Civil Actions for Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • Some Lienholders Taking Hard Line Approach to Reduction
  • Auto Manufacturers Not Required to Include Automated Safety Features in All Cars

June 2019

  • Concussions
  • Electric Scooters
  • Opiate Epidemic
  • FASTAR Program

January 2019

  • Helping Local Athletics
  • Adding a New Driver to Your Insurance
  • Checking Your Doctor's License Status in Another State
  • Bar Liability For Injuries Caused by Drunk Drivers
  • Bench and Bar Program Updates

June 2018

  • Arizona Supreme Court Rules Liberty of Business Owners Trumps Risk of Harm to Children
  • Administrative Cuts No Answer for Education Woes
  • Questions Surround How Driverless Cars Will Impact Law
  • Juul - The Vape Device Parents Need to Know About

January 2018

  • Religion in the Courtroom
  • Clients & Lawyers - Rights & Obligations
  • The Costs & Benefits of a Structured Settlement
  • Injured on the Job

October 2017

  • Peter Akmajian Joins the Firm
  • Government Lawsuits
  • Law Enforcement Liability
  • Vulnerable Adult Law

April 2017

  • Sexual Predation
  • Video Depositions
  • The Myth of the Frivolous Medical Malpractice
  • The Pain Mystery
  • Special CLE for Litigators Seminar

January 2017

  • Arbitration Rules
  • Consumer Safety
  • Important Rule Changes
  • Dangerous Medical Problems

September 2017

  • Nursing homes
  • Drug-free pain treatment
  • Following up on test results
  • Reducing the severity of concussions
  • New civil rules
  • Taking control of your stress

May 2016

  • $17 Million asbestos verdict
  • Medical treatment struggles
  • Googling in the courtroom
  • Driving dangers with Snapchat
  • Takata airbag recall
  • Clear communication with doctors

January 2016

  • E-cigarettes 
  • Hover boards
  • Over treatment
  • Medical liens
  • Rules of Civil Procedure

August 2015

  • Picking the right doctor or hospital
  • The importance of good medical records
  • Dealing with insurance companies
  • Arizona Law Update: DUI, road design and UIM coverage

March 2015

  • Child Protection
  • Concussions
  • Medical Mistake Prevention
  • Civil Rights Violations
  • Drug Manufacturer Liability
  • Lessons from the Podcast: Serial

September 2014

  • Car Maker Dishonesty
  • Social Media
  • Multi-sport Training
  • Informed Consent
  • The VA Scandal
  • UIM Coverage

April 2014

  • Identity Theft
  • Last Wills and Testaments
  • The Importance of UM/UIM

October 2013

  • Ted Schmidt Sues State
  • Supreme Court Protects Big Pharma
  • Protect Your Vital Health Information
  • Dog Law
  • Flood Waters Vs. Surface Waters

May 2013

  • The Forgotten Insurance Coverage You Cannot Afford Not to Have
  • Medical Malpractice Reform Has Only Confused the Rules of the Road
  • Legislative Update: The Collateral Source Bill
  • If the Agreement Governs, the Agreement Governs
  • Ben Bells Celebrates 10 Years of Kindness

February 2013

  • When is Your Treating Doctor An Expert in Court?
  • Three Tips For Doctors
  • How To Choose A Doctor
  • Decide to Bring A Lawsuit

September 2012

  • Merit Selection of Judges
  • Hospital Malpractice
  • Medicare Moving Toward Self-Payment
  • Proposed Medical Device Tracking

June 2012

  • Courts in Conflict
  • Mixed Messages
  • Non Party at Fault
  • Be An Advocate
  • Dog Law

May 2011

  • Trial Victory
  • Why Marry?
  • Mayhem Reigns
  • Summer Drowning
  • Kss-law Happenings

May 2010

  • Is Strict Liabilities Law Dead or Dying in Arizona?
  • KSS in Fourth Year of Offering Internship Program to Undergrads
  • My Mock Trial Experiences
  • Summer's Coming

May 2009

  • Finding a Good Nursing Home
  • Grisham Novel Imitates Real Life
  • Supreme Court Compromises Malpractice Victim's Rights

September 2008

  • ERISA Plans Dodge Responsibility
  • Supreme Court Strengthens Individual Rights
  • Congress Moves to Ban Toxins in Toys

June 2008

  • Taking the strict out of product liability law
  • NHTSA falls short again in increasing roof safety for autos
  • The changing landscape of product liability law
  • Community: highlights

December 2007

  • KBSDS is proud to sponsor the Tucson Soccer Academy
  • Promoting youth sports for 45 years: the Tucson Conquistadores
  • Giving back gives back – the more you give the better you feel
  • The Tucson Children's Museum – there are lots of new things to see and do
  • Community: reaching out

September 2007

  • Identity theft – protecting yourself from the crime of the 21st century
  • Protecting them – Arizona teens to face new driving restrictions
  • Recall – unsafe motor vehicles
  • Scammer alert – scammers and thieves are out to get your money
  • Community: reaching out

Previous issues of Perspectives:

June 2007

  • The first 15 minutes after your car accident
  • Make your auto insurance coverage work for you
  • More on recalling unsafe products: The FDA's role
  • Planning ahead for the unexpected
  • KBSDS in the community

March 2007

  • End run to limit victims' rights
  • Road hazards – investigating and identifying dangerous cars
  • Why isn't my defective lawnmower case garden variety case?
  • Recalling unsafe products: The CPSC's role
  • KBSDS in the community

December 2006

  • The summary jury trial – an effective option?
  • How to protect yourself and your family from medical errors
  • Insurance companies expect huge profits
  • Choosing the right college at the right price
  • Some thoughts on instant replay in NCAA football

September 2006

  • A word with the coach
  • Bicycle helmets: Inexpensive lifesavers
  • How to have safe off-road fun
  • Hospitals aim to slash death rates
  • Plaintiff's lawsuits KO'd by medical liens?
  • Citrus: Not always good for you

June 2006

  • Insurance reform
  • Tips for a safe summer
  • Arizona's newest medical records law
  • Insurance bad faith

March 2006

  • Insurance reform – not malpractice damage caps – will work
  • Choosing a doctor
  • "I thought my health insurance already paid for this?"
  • Organ donation
  • State champs!
  • Can vitamin D stop Multiple Sclerosis?

December 2005

  • Politics threatens Arizona's fair & impartial judiciary
  • Arizona Supreme Court protects citizens from boilerplate release forms
  • Harsher penalties for uninsured motorists
  • In focus: Breast Cancer

July 2005

  • Kids and car's the law
  • KBSDS convinces court to reinstate largest Lasik eye verdict ever
  • The latest developments in Lasik eye surgery cases
  • Save a life this summer: protect children from drowning
  • Caring for your tires is caring for your car
  • Stepping up to the plate...

March 2005

  • "Yes Savanna, daddy is a trial lawyer"
  • How to choose the right nursing home
  • Why you should keep a camera in your car

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