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The Scheduling Order – Arizona’s Tiering System

The Courts attempt to speed up the litigation process Several months ago we reported on the new “tiering system.” Just a reminder, there are now three tiers of classification for cases:  1:  Up to $50,000:  2: $50,000 to $300,000: and 3: $300,000 and above.  Depending on the classification, discovery is designed to be “proportional” to the […]

Meet the Firm’s New Director of First Impressions: Karen

Rockafellow Law Firm’s New Employee and Long-time Friend Karen Joins the Staff Our new receptionist/bookkeeper/director of first impressions is Karen Harrington.  This is not Karen’s first time working at Rockafellow Law Firm. Karen worked for us in the same position from 1982-1984.  She brought with her a vast skill set including certified property appraiser, bank […]

Trial Procedure: A Brief Overview

A brief summary of trial procedure We are often asked about trial procedures with questions such as:  “Do I have to be there?”  “Will it take all day?”  “Will I have to testify?” Yes, yes, and yes.  Most trials last a minimum of 4 days.  Some take longer. The client is the star witness.  The […]

What is Lawsuit Bias and Do You Play a Part?

Lawsuit bias explained Many of our intake calls start out like this: “I am sorry to call and bother you. I want you to know that I am not one of “those people” who sue over anything: But…………” Then the caller goes on to tell us about something horrible that never should have happened, and […]

Arizona Raises Car Insurance Limits

After 47 years, Arizona will finally see an increase in the minimum car insurance limits required by law In June, Governor Ducey signed a law that will increase Arizona’s required minimum insurance limits for car insurance policies purchased after July 1, 2020. The current minimum amount of insurance required by law is $15,000 per injured person, […]

What to Expect and How to Prepare for a Deposition

Depositions can be intimidating. Here’s what to expect and how to prepare: A deposition is a formal interview, usually conducted by opposing counsel. The person being deposed (deponent) is sworn under oath to tell the truth and the entire interview is transcribed in real time by a court reporter. A deposition can also be video-recorded […]

What is “Discovery” in a Lawsuit & What Devices Can Arizona Attorneys Deploy?

Discovery in Your Civil Lawsuit Discovery devices – what are they and how are they used? “Discovery” is a term of art used in the law.  It means “to find out” what the plaintiff’s case or the defense case is all about.  “Discovery” in Arizona is open and liberal.  Since “Disclosure Statements” became the rule […]

Arizona’s Top Personal Injury Verdicts in 2018

A summary of the highest awards Arizona juries handed out to personal injury plaintiffs in 2018 Each year, The State Bar’s magazine Arizona Attorney publishes a list of the top civil verdicts in Arizona. In 2018, like most years, there was an even split between jury verdicts in favor of the plaintiff, and those for […]

Spoliation: The Destruction of Evidence

A court can punish a party that destroys evidence Spoliation: Noun: “Destruction of a thing by the act of a stranger, as the erasure or alteration of a writing by the act of a stranger:” Spoliator: “A spoiler or destroyer.”  (Black’s Law Dictionary Revised 4^thedition.” So what does it mean? Missing evidence is usually what […]

Independent Medical Exams: Why do they matter?

How can we fight back against an insurance company’s biased “independent” medical examiner? When an insurance carrier sends you to a doctor of their choosing, it’s usually to your detriment. How can we fight back? In nearly every personal injury claim, one of the main issues that prevents a case from settling is a dispute […]

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