In this new series, I discuss how we approach presenting damages – how we tell our clients’ stories. Today I start with the most basic rule. Tell the Truth.
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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.
The all-alumni firm of Schmidt, Sethi & Akmajian has been a major contributor to the “A New Day in Court” fundraising initiative in support of UArizona Law’s Advocacy program.
School’s duty to protect students from sexual assault does not require proof assault was foreseeable
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.
A friendly reminder for all pet owners from Schmidt, Sethi & Akmajian to please keep your dogs leashed when you’re out for a walk and always adequately confined when they’re at home.
Police escorting reporter out of protest zone possibly implicating plaintiff’s first amendment rights does not rise to a violation of 42 U.S.C. § 1983 civil rights
Federal court dismissal based upon subject matter jurisdiction not a judgement on merits so claim preclusion does not apply in state court action.
Civil Rights: 42 U.S.C. § 1983 Claim Subjective Deliberate Indifference Standard Applies to State Created Danger
School aide unknowingly allowing disabled high school student to enter pool attended by lifeguards did not rise to the level of subjective deliberate indifference to support 42 U.S.C. § 1983 claim
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
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.
For many parents and families, Life 360 is a helpful tool. The app allows users to see the precise, real-time location of friends or family members, including the speed at which they are driving and the battery level on their devices. But it’s likely you have no idea who else may be tracking this data.
The Arizona Department of Health Services has published a town hall video with COVID-19 experts and partners responding to questions from the public regarding COVID-19 Vaccine, including safety, efficacy and guidance for children and adults.
President Robert "Bobby" Robbins honored the all-alumni AZ Injury Law team of Schmidt, Sethi & Akmajian for donating $250,000 to help launch the new Tom Mauet Advocacy Center at the Arizona Law School and create the new Kevin R. Boyle Trial Courtroom.
While utilities may escape liability for economic damages caused by a negligent interruption of service through a tariff, they may not escape liability for failing to exercise the highest degree of skill and care resulting in personal injury or property damage.
The Arizona Supreme Court issued its latest in a series of Orders governing judicial proceedings impacted by COVID 19. On November 10, 2021, Chief Justice Robert Brutinel signed Administrative Order 2021-072. This new order replaces Order 2021-109...
This wrongful death and personal injury suit was brought after the defendants’ commercial garbage truck ran a red light killing plaintiff’s mother and injuring the decedent’s husband.
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...
The court of appeals found that under A.R.S. § 12-2604(B) a claim of institutional negligence does not require proof as to which specific individuals were negligent in causing plaintiff’s decedent’s death.
DRAM Shop claim stands where driver who becomes intoxicated at club, eventually drives home and sleeps then drives again while still intoxicated causing fatal collision; driving home and sleeping is not an intervening superseding cause.
Arizona Supreme Court: Rules Barring Mask Mandate and Vaccination Requirements Were Unconstitutionally Adopted.
Very shortly after hearing oral argument this morning, the Arizona Supreme Court issued a unanimous order affirming a trial court's previous decision that measures passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor are unconstitutional and cannot be enforced. The laws attempted to, among other ...
Earlier this year, the United States Supreme Court refused to overturn a $2 billion verdict against Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit claiming its talc baby powder caused ovarian cancer in a group of women. Last week, J&J created a new company called LTL Management, which purportedly assumed all liability for the talc cases.
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.
Plaintiff, a U.S. Navy veteran sought psychiatric care at a VA hospital. She brings suit against the U.S. alleging she was injured as a result of the medical negligence of two doctors at the VA hospital. She had sought treatment following a mental breakdown caused by years of workplace bullying and harassment at the hands of her supervisor.
California doctors successfully block medical board funding bill. Medical boards have an important mission. It is shameful that these reform efforts were blocked. We continue to pursue justice for patients and their families injured by medical neglect.
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 ...