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Rising legal issues with insurance companies

Posted by Matt Schmidt | Jan 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

Recently, we have seen a rise in calls concerning insurance claims denied, policies cancelled, and other legal issues surrounding the insurance industry as a whole. There are a few reasons that might explain this, but the important thing is to be aware that it is happening and know what you can d...

January 2019 Newsletter

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

Our January 2019 Newsletter has been released! We cover the following topics: 'Schmidt, Sethi & Akmajian Help Ring in the New Year.' 'Tips for Adding a New Driver to Your Auto Insurance' by Dev Sethi  'Has your Doctor Lost Their License in another State?' by Peter Akmajian 'When Does a Bar ...

Stem Cell Therapy: Fact or Fraud?

Posted by Peter Akmajian | Dec 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

A giant color glossy flier arrived in my mail advertising stem cell therapy seminars taking place all over Southern Arizona.  According to this advertisement, stem cell therapy will cure just about anything—knee pain, back pain, neuropathy, COPD and osteoarthritis.  The brochure screamed out “Dis...

Ted Schmidt - Tucson Youth Sports Ringleader

Posted by Matt Schmidt | Dec 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Schmidt, Sethi & Akmajian was recently featured in the Arizona Daily Star for our donation to the men's soccer team at Pima Community College. For the first time in the program's history, the 2018 team won a National Championship. The team was unable to pay for championship rings, and that is whe...

How to Determine Your Case's Tier Based on Rule 26.2

Posted by Matt Schmidt | Dec 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

In an earlier post, I explained the different factors that go into determining what tier a case should go into based on the amount in controversy and the complexity of the case. The new tier system is explained in Rule 26.2 of the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure. The rules underwent substantial ...

Torts: Intervening Superceding Cause

Posted by Ted A. Schmidt | Dec 05, 2018 | 0 Comments

Torts: Intervening Superceding Cause Dupray v. Jai Dining Services, 804 Ariz. Adv. Rep. 11 (App. Div. I, November 15, 2018) (J. Howe) DECISION BY INTOXICATED PERSON TO DRIVE MAY CONSTITUTE AN INTERVENING SUPERCEDING CAUSE TO DRAMSHOP LIABILITY Defendant Pedro Panameno consumed a fifth of bourb...

Throw Out The Romaine!

Posted by Dev Sethi | Nov 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

This afternoon, the CDC issued a stark, unambiguous warning -- DO NOT EAT ANY ROMAINE LETTUCE.  Not in salads, not in lettuce wraps, not in sandwiches...nothing.  The recall is the latest declaration of romaine's danger.  Again, this warning, like the ones before, is tied to an outbreak of E.coli...

Civil Procedure-Remittitur

Posted by Ted A. Schmidt | Nov 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Civil Procedure--Remittitur Ahmad v. State, __Ariz. Adv. Rep. ___ No. 1 CA-CV 14-0664 (App. Div. I, November 13, 2018) (J. Swann) https://www.azcourts.gov/Portals/0/OpinionFiles/Div1/2018/1%20CA-CV%2014-0664.pdf TRIAL COURT MUST STATE WITH PARTICULARITY GROUNDS REMITTITUR  Plaintiffs brought t...

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, TheAutoProfessor.com, 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...

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