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Deflategate – Legal Terms Defined

By Randall Hinsch During my commute to and from the office I usually listen to sports talk radio or Howard Stern. It depends on what is going on in the world. Lately, I’ve been listening to more sports radio. Deflategate has been the hot topic. I have my opinions as a sports fan listening, but…

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Malpractice Situation Not Dire

Analysis of Texas Claims Finds ‘Sea of Calm,’ Overall Stability in Tort System by Ceci Connolly, Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, March 10, 2005; Page A08 In his pitch for legislation imposing a “hard cap of $250,000” on medical malpractice awards for non-economic damages, President Bush points the finger at what he calls “a broken medical liability…

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Locking The Courthouse Door

Big business and big government seek to deny consumers access to our courts by restricting contingent fees. by Richard S. Plattner Institutional defendants have spent millions of dollars to limit the right of individual Americans to get justice in court when they are maimed or killed by negligence or defective products. Government entities and large corporations…

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Discovery Czar 2004

DISCOVERY DISPUTES: HOW TO RUN THE RAILROAD WITHOUT RAILROADING ANYBODY (An open letter to trial judges) Over the approximately 75 years since the legal system moved from “trial by ambush” to an ever-expanding scope of pretrial information exchange, lawyers have complained about the way judges handle discovery disputes, with inconsistency of outcomes as the major…

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What The Government Doesn’t Know Can Hurt You

Suing the state or federal government for the actions of a governmental employee is often much more difficult than suing a private citizen. The state of Arizona and the federal government both have what is referred to as sovereign immunity – these governmental entities are shielded from lawsuits by private citizens in many instances. This…

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Tribal Courts Can Halt Arizona Personal Injury Claims

Federally recognized American Indian tribes are sovereign entities with the right to self-government. As sovereigns, they are responsible for economic development, financial solvency and the general welfare of their members. Importantly, tribes also have sovereign immunity, which makes it difficult to sue a tribe or a tribal entity, such as a casino, in state or…

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Tips for Choosing a Doctor in Arizona

Selecting a physician is a daunting but important task. You want to find someone you can trust to provide advice or treatment that may save your life. It pays to do some research instead of randomly selecting a physician from your health plan’s list or other directory. A survey in Consumer Reports found that those…

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Staying Safe Around Dogs

A dog is a beloved member of any family. Whether it is going for a jog in the park or just walking around the block, dog owners get countless hours of enjoyment by spending time with their pets. While most dogs are well-behaved, they are still animals. They can bite at any time with little…

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