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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...

Arizona Public Records Law -- Requesting Public Records

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

In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln closed the most famous political speech in American history by describing our nation's rebirth as a "government of the people, by the people, for the people."  That fervent pledge of people's rule in the Gettysburg Address is at the heart of public records law w...

Insurance—Single Occurence

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

Insurance—Single Occurrence Cincinnati Indem. Co. v. Southwestern Line Constructors Joint Apprenticeship & Training Program, 792 Ariz. Adv. Rep. 20 (App. Div. I, May 31, 2018) (J. Perkins) SINGLE EVENT CAUSED BY SEVERAL INDEPENDENT ACTS IS A “SINGLE OCCURRENCE” WHERE INSURANCE POLICY DEFINES “O...

Do I have a Case? Part III

Posted by Matt Schmidt | Jun 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

Though the evaluation of every case is unique, three primary elements come into play in almost every single one. In Part I of this series, I discussed the first element: liability. To have a case, the wrongdoer's actions have to be considered unreasonable and unacceptable by society and law. If l...

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