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Pima County Teen Court

Posted by Dev Sethi | Nov 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

Last weekend my son and I spent the morning at Pima County Teen Court.  Bodhi was a volunteer and served as a juror.  He loved it. We will go back.  And I will probably start volunteering as a "judge" presiding over the process.   A parent/son volunteer organization called boys team charity ho...

A Whole New World Part V: A Safety Shake Up

Posted by Dev Sethi | Oct 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

Till now the two benchmarks for car safety analysis have been government crash tests and Insurance Institute of Highway Safety analysis.  This week a very well-regarded car safety expert and longtime ASU Professor of Engineering has released a new approach.  Her website,, i...

A Whole New World: Part IV - Pricing a Car

Posted by Dev Sethi | Oct 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Last week I focused on resources to help evaluate the safety and performance of cars.   Today, I share a cool tool that helps a buyer understand the value proposition of a car.  Everyone talks about the savings a used car offers.  "Let someone else take the depreciation" is a common refrain.  Bu...

A Whole New World: Part III - Researching a Vehicle

Posted by Dev Sethi | Oct 08, 2018 | 0 Comments

In Part 1, I shared some of the emotions that come with a driving daughter.  I have heard from many friends going through the same crucible, and I have received excellent advice from friends whose kids are already on the road.  I appreciate it all. A couple of themes repeat: 1. Expose new driver...

The Politics of Judicial Selection

Posted by Peter Akmajian | Sep 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

We are experiencing a contentious and highly political process over the president's selection of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to sit on the Supreme Court.  Some may think such political fights are a recent phenomenon.  It has always been so.  In 1795, George Washington nominated John Rutledge of South C...

Civil Procedure—Certifying Class Action

Posted by Ted A. Schmidt | Sep 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

Civil Procedure—Certifying Class Action Ferrara v. 21st Century N.A. Ins. Co., 799 Ariz. Adv. Rep. 23 (App. Div. II, September 10, 2018) (J. Eppich) CERTIFICATION OF A CLASS FOR CLASS ACTION REQUIRES “NUMEROSITY” OF CLASS MEMBERS AND WHERE CLASS MEMBERS RESIDE IN MULTIPLE STATES A LEVEL OF “COM...

Workers Compensation Unfair Claims Practices

Posted by Ted A. Schmidt | Sep 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

Workers Compensation Unfair Claims Practices Tapia v. The Industrial Comm'n, 797 Ariz. Adv. Rep. 52 (App. Div. II, August 16, 2018) (J. Ekerstrom) SELF-INSURED EMPLOYER ENGAGES IN UNFAIR CLAIMS PRACTICES WHEN IT UNREASONABLY DENIES CLAIM WITHOUT ADEQUATESUPPORTING INFORMATION IN ITS POSSESSION...

A Whole New World -- Safety Technology

Posted by Dev Sethi | Sep 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

At the top of the features list for new drivers -- at least for the parents of new drivers -- is safety technology.  The developments brought to market in the past few years make vehicles exponentially safer now than when we started driving.  In fact, in most recent years much of the revolution...

Engage Kicks Off with a Bang

Posted by Matt Schmidt | Sep 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

Last Sunday the Engage Foundation kicked off its second annual Youth Co-ed Touch Rugby League with over 60 kids from all over town, including kids from the Boys and Girls Club of Tucson, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Tucson, foster families, the military and the Arizona Schools for the Deaf and Bli...

September 2018 Newsletter

Posted by Matt Schmidt | Sep 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Our September 2018 Newsletter has been released! Take a look at the following topics 'Is Your Doctor Qualified?' by Peter Akmaijan  'Supreme Court Clarifies Workers Compensation Rules' by Ted Schmidt 'Pima County Increasing Access to Jury Trials' by Matt Schmidt  'Why You Should Vote Yes on...

A Whole New World -- A Driving Daughter.

Posted by Dev Sethi | Sep 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

This is the first installment in a series.  Check back as I come to terms with my daughter as a new driver.  And I as navigate different issues ranging from choosing a car for a new driver; getting her insured; considering a "driver's contract"; keeping tabs on her behind the wheel; and more. So...

Torts: Viability of Negligence Claim vs Intentional Act

Posted by Ted A. Schmidt | Aug 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

Torts: Viability of Negligence Claim vs Intentional Act Ryan v. Napier, __Ariz. Adv. Rep. __ No. CV-17-0325-PR (August 23, 2018) (J. Timmer) CARELESS DECISION MAKING RESULTING IN INTENTIONAL ACT IS AN INTENTIONAL TORT AND NOT AN ACTIONABLE NEGLIGENCE CLAIM/NEGLIGENCE VS BATTERY Plaintiff McDon...

Schmidt, Sethi & Akmajian Listed by Best Lawyers 2019

Posted by Matt Schmidt | Aug 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

We are proud to announce that our partners have been recognized by Best Lawyers for 2019!  Ted Schmidt has been recognized for personal injury, products liability, and medical malpractice Dev Sethi has been recognized for personal injury and products liability  Peter Akmaijian has been recog...

Workers Comp Lien—Apportionment of Fault

Posted by Ted A. Schmidt | Aug 09, 2018 | 0 Comments

Workers Comp Lien—Apportionment of Fault Twin City Fire Ins. Co. v. Leija, __Ariz. Adv. Rep. __ No. CV-17-0280-PR (App. Div. I, August 2, 2018) (J. Pelander) TORT VICTIM HAS NO RIGHT TO POST-SETTLEMENT APPORTIONMENT OF EMPLOYER'S FAULT HEARING TO REDUCE WORKERS COMPENSATION LIEN AGAINST SETTLEM...

Register to Vote! - Deadline is July 30

Posted by Dev Sethi | Jul 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

This is a reminder to register to vote! July 30, 2018 is the registration deadline to vote in Arizona's primary election.  The primary election will be held on August 28, 2018. Got to and click "Voter Registration" to register.  Don't sleep on this essential right of citi...

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