Litigation

HAVE YOU BEEN DEFAMED?

Has your reputation been besmirched? Have you been falsely accused of a crime? Have you or your business been unjustly accused of fraud, theft, or even incompetence? Are you uninterested in dueling to restore your honor? Not to worry. The law provides you with a legal and non-violent method of redress. In such a case, …

COMPULSORY ARBITRATION – Part IV: Predictions & Awards

Despite the automatic right to appeal any arbitration ruling, compulsory arbitration does have its uses.  In reasonably common cases involving minor injuries, car crashes and the like, arbitration can be useful, particularly when an insurance company has accepted the defense of the case.  Insurance companies defend so many cases, and so many of those cases …

COMPULSORY ARBITRATION – Part III: Appealable

In the last posting, I mentioned that the decision of the arbitrator is appealable. This is in fact one of the primary problems with compulsory arbitration. Under the Rules of Procedure, any decision of the arbitrator is appealable to the superior court. The appeal is “de novo.” This is a legal term that means that …

END OF SERIAL ARIZONA AMERICAN DISABILITIES ACT LAWSUITS

For hundreds of Arizona businesses there is great relief, and claims for their alleged violation of the American Disabilities Act (ADA) have been dismissed by an Arizona court. Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities Foundation, Inc. (AIDF) and its affiliates filed over 1600 virtually identical law suits against Arizona businesses alleging that they were in violation …

COMPULSORY ARBITRATION – PART II: WHAT IS IT?

So, what is “compulsory arbitration?” Essentially, it is a highly shortened and abbreviated form of litigation that goes before an attorney instead of a judge. Most attorneys licensed in Arizona are required to act as the arbitrator on cases periodically. As the arbitrator, the attorney essentially acts as the judge and jury on the case. …