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Why Left Turns Are the Most Dangerous Maneuver

Posted by Dev Sethi | Jan 10, 2022 | 0 Comments

Left turns are so dangerous that many companies in the business of driving avoid them all together. UPS has famously had a “No Left Turn” policy for over a decade. And there is even growing commentary that left turns should be abolished.

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Medical Malpractice 2021—Year End Review

Posted by Peter Akmajian | Dec 20, 2021 | 0 Comments

When the COVID pandemic first hit in early 2020, we wondered how it would affect our cases and the world of medical malpractice. By mid-2021, trials began to resume live at courthouses throughout Arizona, but unfortunately COVID and its various mutations plus lack of universal vaccinations have proven challenging. It remains to be seen whether the latest wave of COVID and Omicron will result in cancellations of trials again and more difficulties ahead.

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Evidence: Rule 702 Admissibility of Expert Testimony When Not “All Methods” Used in Forming Opinions/Admissibility of Statements by a Party in Pretrial Statement & Disclosures

Posted by Peter Akmajian | Dec 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

Expert’s personal opinion as to admissibility of his opinions in a court of law irrelevant to question of admissibility & rule of 702 does not require expert use of “all possible methods” in forming opinions/court’s ruling no evident supported a conclusion of an increase in value of business was error where such evident existed in pretrial statement and disclosure statement.

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No U-Turns For Trucks

Posted by Dev Sethi | Nov 08, 2021 | 0 Comments

We are often asked about the differences between car accidents and trucking accidents, as well as about different rules that apply to commercial vehicles compared to more typical passenger vehicles. One big rule difference is that a commercial truck should never make an uncontrolled U-Turn...

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Diversity Jurisdiction: Removal & Remand

Posted by Ted A. Schmidt | Oct 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

Plaintiff sued defendants in California state court in October 2018, based upon asbestos exposure that her husband brought home from work. While the initial complaint alleged the asbestos came from defendant Boeing, it did not state the asbestos came from work with the U.S. Military.

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Arizona Judge Rules Mask Ban is Unconstitutional

Posted by Dev Sethi | Sep 27, 2021 | 0 Comments

A Phoenix judge has ordered that a state law attempting to bar schools from imposing mask requirements on campus is unconstitutional. The law was set to take effect on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, but now it will not. The judge agreed with a coalition of school groups who argued that including ...

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