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What is “Discovery” in a lawsuit & what devices can Arizona attorneys deploy?

Discovery in Your Civil Lawsuit Discovery Devices, What they are 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 in […]

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 […]

Potholes: How To Report Them

The City of Tucson and Pima County want us to report potholes. As the heavy winter precipitation slowly fades to warming temperatures here in Southern Arizona, we are painfully reminded that our roads are in a state a failure. Roadways require significant maintenance in order to provide smooth, uninterrupted surfaces. The City and County have […]

When Insurance Plays Hardball

Insurance Companies Are Friendly Until You Have A Claim Against Them Many of our initial intake calls start out like this:  “I have never sued anyone before …….. but……..”: Or:  “I don’t believe in lawsuits, …… but…..”: Or:  “I just want what is fair……. But…….” Most people victimized by someone else’s negligence feel guilty about […]

The Importance Of Deadlines In Your Lawsuit And What They Mean To You

The Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure were completely modified effective July 1, 2018.  We now have the tiered system for cases that was discussed in a prior newsletter.  Along with the tiers came strict “rules of engagement” that requires the Plaintiff and the defendant to meet all deadlines imposed by the court. The rules still […]

Discovery and Disclosure: Why So Many Rules?

Your case thrives or dies under Arizona’s strict discovery and disclosure rules After a lawsuit is filed and served on the defendant, and after the Defendant files a responsive Answer to the lawsuit, the case enters discovery and disclosure. During this extended period leading up to trial, the parties exchange, produce, and create evidence in […]

Arizona’s Approach to Selecting Judges and Justices

Arizona’s Approach to Selecting Judges and Justices is Unique to our nation It’s election season and in Arizona, voters are asked every six years whether a judge or justice should keep their job: thus the long list of judges on our ballots. Arizona is unique to other states when it comes to the way in […]

Navigating the New Tiered System of Case Management in Arizona

Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure There are new Rules in place that radically change how cases are litigated Effective July 31, 2018, the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure were amended to classify cases into three tiers, or classifications.  The tiers are based on estimated case value, and were designed to eliminate unnecessary discovery and make […]

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