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Stress Management and Wellness: A Positivity Boost

Posted by Matt Schmidt | Mar 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

Before a big project, have you ever attempted to get pumped up by agreeing to treat yourself with something nice once the task is complete: a movie, a nice dinner, a glass of wine? In other words, something to look forward to as a motivator to get the job done? Though that is not a bad strategy, ...

Stress Management and Wellness: You Are Not Alone Part II

Posted by Matt Schmidt | Mar 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

To know who Rebecca and her crew are, read Part I first or you will be as lost as they are. After a group discussion, Rebecca and the crew agreed that it was time to pick a trail and set out. Carol was the only one who disagreed. She stayed behind with all the food and toilet paper and was short...

We Are In This Together

Posted by Dev Sethi | Mar 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

We are in unprecedented times.  We join you, working to navigate the rapidly evolving challenges caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19). Despite the day-to-day uncertainty we all face, Schmidt, Sethi & Akmajian remains fully operational and firm attorneys and staff are working diligently to serve o...

Stress Management and Wellness: You Are Not Alone

Posted by Matt Schmidt | Mar 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

Even before this  pandemic caused all the feelings that bring discomfort and raise concern, the modern world was already an extremely stressful place to live in. This is in large part due to worry over whether we are in control, making the right choice, out of the countless choices in front of us...

Pima County Set To Declare State of Emergency

Posted by Dev Sethi | Mar 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

Tomorrow morning, March 19, 2020, the Pima County Board of Supervisors meets to vote on a special resolution declaring a State of Emergency.  This resolution will close bars, gyms, and other venues of public gathering.  It will also end sit down dining in restaurants, coffee shops, and food court...

Business Interruption Insurance and COVID-19

Posted by Dev Sethi | Mar 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

A common question is whether business income/business interruption insurance coverage applies if a governmental authority requires a business to close in response to COVID-19 planning. As a business owner, you should review your policy and consult your agent, but the short answer is likely no. T...

Law in the Time of Coronavirus

Posted by Peter Akmajian | Mar 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) grips our State and Nation, the impact of the pandemic is felt across many aspects of society, including the legal system.  The situation is ever-changing, day-by-day and hour-by-hour. As one might imagine, when public gatherings are banned or limited, legal proceed...

Federal Law Preempts Balance Billing Lien Statutes

Posted by Ted A. Schmidt | Mar 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

Federal Law Preempts Balance Billing Lien Statutes Ansley v. Banner Health Network, No.  CV-19-0077-PR (March 9, 2020) J. Bolick ARIZONA STATUTES AUTHORIZING THE RECORDING OF LIENS AGAINST THIRD PARTY TORTFEASORS FOR HO...

Will My Insurance Rates Go Up If I Make a UM or UIM Claim?

Posted by Dev Sethi | Feb 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Auto liability insurance is required in Arizona.  The mandatory minimum coverage is $15,000 per person/$25,000 per occurrence.  Liability coverage protects you and your assets if your negligence causes a collision and injury to another person.  If you purchase the state minimum, you are protected...

Nonprofit Hospitals Make Huge Profits

Posted by Peter Akmajian | Feb 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

On February 20, 2020, The New York Times ran an editorial “Why are Nonprofit Hospitals so Highly Profitable?”  Shockingly, this article explained that seven of the ten most profitable hospitals in American are “non-profit” hospitals. How can this be? In short, before 1969, for a hospital to be n...

Hop on: the legal complexities of rental scooters in 2020

Posted by Matt Schmidt | Jan 09, 2020 | 0 Comments

As I stated last month, the focus of my column for the year 2020 will be the legal complexities of riding--and possibly falling off of--a rental scooter in 2020. Fortunately for consumers, a favorable opinion has already come down from the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in Wilson v. Huuu...

Civil Rights: 42 U.S.C. § 1983—Use of Excessive Force

Posted by Ted A. Schmidt | Jan 09, 2020 | 0 Comments

Civil Rights: 42 U.S.C. § 1983—Use of Excessive Force Tuuamalemalo v. Greene, No. 18-156665 (9th Cir. December 24, 2019) (J. Fletcher) USE OF CHOKE HOLD ON A NON-RESISTING RESTRAINED PERSON VIOLATES 4TH ...

January 2020 Newsletter

Posted by Matt Schmidt | Jan 06, 2020 | 0 Comments

Our first Newsletter of 2020 has been released! We cover the following topics: 'Before You Rent a Scooter, Protect Yourself Legally' by Matt Schmidt  'Why You Need a Real ID& How to Get Yours Before the Deadline' by Dev Sethi  'Black Boxes in Medicine & the Implications for Malpractice Cases...

SSA Volunteers at Caridad Kitchen

Posted by Dev Sethi | Dec 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Caridad Community Kitchen is a community meal program of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.  It provides meals for those in need, as well as a culinary and job skills training program for low-income or underemployed individuals.  Our entire office was proud to spend the day volunteering...

Vaping Could Cost You Your Life - And Your Life Insurance

Posted by Dev Sethi | Dec 02, 2019 | 0 Comments

As US health officials urge people not to use e-cigarettes, especially those containing THC, and as President Trump and the FDA weigh banning vaping products, the insurance marketplace has taken decisive action. Already health insurance underwriters have been categorizing vaping as essentially th...

What's the Value of a Life

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

Arizona wrongful death claims are authorized by ARS 12-612. The jury is given broad discretion in deciding the appropriate measure of damages.  The statute provides some guidance, "The jury shall give such damages as it deems fair and just...."  Beyond that, it's left to the jury's wisdom.  Case ...

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