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Removal of State Court Action to Federal Court

Posted by Ted A. Schmidt | Mar 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Anderson v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., No 15-35981 (9th Cir. March 8, 2019) (J. McKeown) TIMELY REMOVAL MEASURED 30 DAYS FROM DEFENDANT'S ACTUAL RECEIPT OF INITIAL PLEADING Pursuant to state statute, the plaintiffs served their complaint filed in state court upon State Farm Mutual Automobi...

Over the Counter Medicine Is Medicine - Dose Kids With Care

Posted by Dev Sethi | Feb 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

Cold and flu season brings sleepless nights consoling sick, coughing kids.  But as you reach for relief inside the medicine cabinet, take care to give the right medicine at the right dose.  Research reveals that many are lax when it comes to following dosing instructions on over the counter med...

Abortion Law Blocked by Supreme Court

Posted by Matt Schmidt | Feb 08, 2019 | 0 Comments

As the law currently stands, no state can enact laws that unduly hinder a woman's access to abortion. In a 5-4 decision, the US Supreme Court  blocked a Louisiana law that required doctors at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Enforcement of the law would shut down...

Arizona Judicial Selection in Action

Posted by Peter Akmajian | Jan 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

I have written before on the selection process for the U.S. Supreme Court and the politics involved in that process. At this moment, with the pending retirement of Arizona Supreme Court Justice John Pelander, the judicial selection process for Arizona's highest court has been set in motion.

What Impact Does the Government Shutdown Have on the Courts?

Posted by Dev Sethi | Jan 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

A portion of the federal government has been shuttered for over a month now, and consequences are coming into sharp focus.  Stories of federal workers on line for food and financial assistance are making the news.  Local restaurants here in Tucson are offering free meals to federal workers, to mu...

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) 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,, i...

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