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When the COVID pandemic first hit in early 2020, we wondered how it would affect our cases and the world of medical malpractice. By mid-2021, trials began to resume live at courthouses throughout Arizona, but unfortunately COVID and its various mutations plus lack of universal vaccinations have proven challenging. It remains to be seen whether the latest wave of COVID and Omicron will result in cancellations of trials again and more difficulties ahead.
Continue Reading Medical Malpractice 2021—Year End Review

School aide unknowingly allowing disabled high school student to enter pool attended by lifeguards did not rise to the level of subjective deliberate indifference to support 42 U.S.C. § 1983 claim
Continue Reading Civil Rights: 42 U.S.C. § 1983 Claim Subjective Deliberate Indifference Standard Applies to State Created Danger

Expert’s personal opinion as to admissibility of his opinions in a court of law irrelevant to question of admissibility & rule of 702 does not require expert use of “all possible methods” in forming opinions/court’s ruling no evident supported a conclusion of an increase in value of business was error where such evident existed in pretrial statement and disclosure statement.
Continue Reading Evidence: Rule 702 Admissibility of Expert Testimony When Not “All Methods” Used in Forming Opinions/Admissibility of Statements by a Party in Pretrial Statement & Disclosures

For many parents and families, Life 360 is a helpful tool. The app allows users to see the precise, real-time location of friends or family members, including the speed at which they are driving and the battery level on their devices. But it’s likely you have no idea who else may be tracking this data.
Continue Reading Life 360 Sells Your Location Information. Here Is How to Keep Your Privacy.

The Arizona Department of Health Services has published a town hall video with COVID-19 experts and partners responding to questions from the public regarding COVID-19 Vaccine, including safety, efficacy and guidance for children and adults.
Continue Reading Parent With Questions about Kids and Covid Vaccination? Arizona Department of Health Has Answers.

President Robert “Bobby” Robbins honored the all-alumni AZ Injury Law team of Schmidt, Sethi & Akmajian for donating $250,000 to help launch the new Tom Mauet Advocacy Center at the Arizona Law School and create the new Kevin R. Boyle Trial Courtroom.
Continue Reading U of A President Robert "Bobby" Robbins honors Schmidt, Sethi & Akmajian for major donation

While utilities may escape liability for economic damages caused by a negligent interruption of service through a tariff, they may not escape liability for failing to exercise the highest degree of skill and care resulting in personal injury or property damage.
Continue Reading Torts: Tariff Does Not Protect Utility From Liability for Property Damage Caused by Fire

The Arizona Supreme Court issued its latest in a series of Orders governing judicial proceedings impacted by COVID 19. On November 10, 2021, Chief Justice Robert Brutinel signed Administrative Order 2021-072. This new order replaces Order 2021-109.
In it, the Supreme Court continues to empower l…
Continue Reading Arizona Supreme Court Lifts Change of Judge Suspension and Issues Other COVID Related Orders