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Hop on: the legal complexities of rental scooters in 2020

Posted by Matt Schmidt | Jan 09, 2020 | 0 Comments

As I stated last month, the focus of my column for the year 2020 will be the legal complexities of riding--and possibly falling off of--a rental scooter in 2020. Fortunately for consumers, a favorable opinion has already come down from the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in Wilson v. Huuu...

Civil Rights: 42 U.S.C. § 1983—Use of Excessive Force

Posted by Ted A. Schmidt | Jan 09, 2020 | 0 Comments

Civil Rights: 42 U.S.C. § 1983—Use of Excessive Force Tuuamalemalo v. Greene, No. 18-156665 (9th Cir. December 24, 2019) (J. Fletcher) USE OF CHOKE HOLD ON A NON-RESISTING RESTRAINED PERSON VIOLATES 4TH ...

January 2020 Newsletter

Posted by Matt Schmidt | Jan 06, 2020 | 0 Comments

Our first Newsletter of 2020 has been released! We cover the following topics: 'Before You Rent a Scooter, Protect Yourself Legally' by Matt Schmidt  'Why You Need a Real ID& How to Get Yours Before the Deadline' by Dev Sethi  'Black Boxes in Medicine & the Implications for Malpractice Cases...

SSA Volunteers at Caridad Kitchen

Posted by Dev Sethi | Dec 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Caridad Community Kitchen is a community meal program of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.  It provides meals for those in need, as well as a culinary and job skills training program for low-income or underemployed individuals.  Our entire office was proud to spend the day volunteering...

Vaping Could Cost You Your Life - And Your Life Insurance

Posted by Dev Sethi | Dec 02, 2019 | 0 Comments

As US health officials urge people not to use e-cigarettes, especially those containing THC, and as President Trump and the FDA weigh banning vaping products, the insurance marketplace has taken decisive action. Already health insurance underwriters have been categorizing vaping as essentially th...

What's the Value of a Life

Posted by Dev Sethi | Nov 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

Arizona wrongful death claims are authorized by ARS 12-612. The jury is given broad discretion in deciding the appropriate measure of damages.  The statute provides some guidance, "The jury shall give such damages as it deems fair and just...."  Beyond that, it's left to the jury's wisdom.  Case ...

The Collateral Source Rule Explained

Posted by Matt Schmidt | Oct 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Recently, an appellate court in Texas overruled a $9 million jury verdict in favor of an injured worker against a drilling company. The court ordered a new trial after finding  the jury had access to an unredacted document showing that the defendant had $9 million in liability insurance coverage....

Are Your Kids Safe Playing Pop Warner Football?

Posted by Peter Akmajian | Sep 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

The NFL, college and high school football have begun to confront the problem of brain trauma.  The NFL settled a massive lawsuit arising out of CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy).  The settlement calls for a wide range of reforms and payments to NFL victims of CTE.  In the meantime, the NCAA ...

Dry Shampoo + Heat = Explosion

Posted by Dev Sethi | Sep 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

A Missouri teenager saved money from her after-school job and small inheritance to buy a used Honda Civic.  The car was carefully selected - a 2018 with less than 5,000 miles. Last week an aerosol can of dry shampoo left in the center console exploded - blowing out the sunroof and destroying the...

Juror Misconduct

Posted by Ted A. Schmidt | Sep 24, 2019 | 0 Comments


Constitution—Free Speech vs Same Sex Wedding

Posted by Ted A. Schmidt | Sep 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

Constitution—Free Speech vs Same Sex Wedding Brush & Nib Studio, LC v. City of Phoenix, No. CV-18-0176-PR (September 16, 2019) (J. Gould) ART STUDIO HAS CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO REFUSE TO CREATE CUSTOM WED...

JUUL illegally marketed E-Cigarettes, According to the FDA

Posted by Dev Sethi | Sep 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Food and Drug Administration sent JUUL, whose omnipresent e-cigarette has taken the teenage market by storm, a warning letter earlier this week saying that the company illegally marketed its vaping product as a less harmful alternative to cigarettes. For more than a year now, Juul has been t...

SSA Proud to Support Tucson's Champions

Posted by Dev Sethi | Aug 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

Over the years we have been fortunate to be in a position to support Tucson's champions. We believe that many life lessons are learned playing a high school sport. Poise, dedication, sacrifice, humility, fearlessness and so much more. Last night we were proud to gift the Sunnyside boy's soccer ...

Operation Varsity Blues Update: Donation v. Bribe.

Posted by Dev Sethi | Aug 09, 2019 | 0 Comments

Robert Zangrillo faces felony charges for paying $250,000 to get his daughter into the University of Southern California as a fake athlete.  Recently unsealed court records outline his defense -- his money was a donation, no different than those made by presumably many other families to grease th...

Torts: Qualified Immunity of Police Officers

Posted by Ted A. Schmidt | Aug 09, 2019 | 0 Comments

Torts: Qualified Immunity of Police Officers City of Caldwell v. Winfield, D.C. No. 1:16-cv-00359 (9th Cir. July 25, 2019) (J. Graber) WHERE POLICE OFFICER BELIEVED HE HAD PERMISSION TO ENTER PLAINTIFF'S HOME TO CONDUCT SEA...

Torts: Implied Obstacle Preemption

Posted by Ted A. Schmidt | Jun 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

Torts: Implied Obstacle Preemption        Dashi v. Nissan N.A., Inc, No. 1 CA-CV 18-0389 (App. Div. I, June 13 2019) (J. Weinzweig) NHTSA'S REFUSAL TO REQUIRE ADVANC...

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