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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...

Summer 2019 Newsletter

Posted by Matt Schmidt | Jun 04, 2019 | 0 Comments

Our Summer 2019 Newsletter has been released! We cover the following topics: 'Making Sense of Concussion' by Dev Sethi 'Electronic Scooter Rental Headed for Tucson' by Matt Schmidt 'Pima County's Pilot Fastar Program Withstands Constitutional Challenge' by Ted Schmidt  'Arizona Doctors Deli...

How to Pause Google's Tracking of You

Posted by Dev Sethi | May 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Last week I wrote about the powerful ways your cell phone betrays your every confidence.  Google is one of many technology companies that collects and monetizes your personal information.  Remember, if you aren't paying for the product, you are the product. Here are some simple steps you can tak...

Your Phone Betrays You

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

I'm currently binging the podcast "To Live and Die in LA."  It's the telling of a real-time investigation into the disappearance of Adea Shabani, a Hollywood model from her LA apartment in March 2018.  Journalist Neil Strauss, who writes books and magazine articles, guides us through his invest...

American College of Trial Lawyers Give Seminar on Damages

Posted by Matt Schmidt | May 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers put on a great seminar today: “DAMAGES: It's All About the Money. How to Get it. How to Keep it.” Among the speakers were Schmidt, Sethi & Akmajian's own Ted Schmidt and Peter Akmajian, who spoke about punitive damages and wrongful death damage...

Ride-Sharing -- Would you let your kids ride by themselves?

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

It's not an easy call.  Plus, there are rules. In high school, Blue Bird Taxi was my life-line. I was a boarding student in a small mountain town in Western North Carolina.  A phone call and 30 minute wait brought a light-blue sedan to Asheville School Road.  Sometimes alone, and more often with...

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