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Quihuis v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co.
Date: October 1, 2014
Docket Number: CV-14-0093

Justia Opinion Summary: An insurer refused to defend its insured against a third party’s tort claims. The third party, standing in the insureds’ shoes, brought a declaratory judgment action against the insurer for indemnification and failure to...

State v. Jones
Date: September 3, 2014
Docket Number: CR-13-0292

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court granted review in this case to resolve the conflict between Ariz. Rev. Stat. 13-116, which requires that concurrent sentences be imposed on a defendant whose convictions stem from a single act, and Ariz...

Date: August 26, 2014
Docket Number: CV-13-0378

Weitz Co., LLC v. Heth
Date: August 26, 2014
Docket Number: CV-13-0378

Justia Opinion Summary: Developer obtained a loan from Bank to construct a commercial and condominium project. Bank secured its loan with two deeds of trust, the first of which attached before construction began on the project. Developer failed...

State v. Gilstrap
Date: August 20, 2014
Docket Number: CR-13-0379

Justia Opinion Summary: While executing a warrant authorizing the search of a home, police found Defendant, who was not named in the warrant, in the home. Police proceeded to search Defendant’s purse. Defendant was subsequently charged with pos...

State v. Pena
Date: August 11, 2014
Docket Number: CR-13-0377

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant assaulted a victim with a knife or other sharp object, injuring the victim’s hand, leg, and abdomen. A jury found Defendant guilty of three counts of aggravated assault, one for each wound. Defendant was convic...

State v. Serna
Date: August 7, 2014
Docket Number: CR-13-0306

Justia Opinion Summary: After a police officers had a consensual encounter with Defendant, they asked Defendant if he had any firearms. Defendant replied that he had a gun. The officers then frisked Defendant, removed the gun, and arrested Defe...

Date: July 29, 2014
Docket Number: CV-14-0180

Shooter v. Farmer
Date: July 29, 2014
Docket Number: CV-14-0180

Justia Opinion Summary: Dan Shooter filed a petition seeking to remove Toby Farmer’s name from the primary ballot for the office of State Senator for Legislative District 13 on the grounds that seven of the signatures on two of Farmer’s petitio...

Clark v. Munoz
Date: July 29, 2014
Docket Number: CV-14-0182

Justia Opinion Summary: Doug Clark, the incumbent Constable for the Downtown Justice of the Peace Precinct of Maricopa County, challenged the sufficiency of Jimmy Munoz Jr.’s nominating petitions. The trial court removed Munoz’s name from the b...

State v. Glissendorf
Date: July 18, 2014
Docket Number: CR-13-0388

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was tried for three counts of child molestation. At trial, Defendant requested a Willits instruction regarding the destruction of of Tuscon Police Department and Child Protective Services recordings of an earli...

Alexander M. v. Hon. Lisa Abrams
Date: July 14, 2014
Docket Number: CV-13-0169

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was whether a juvenile court can delegate discretion to the Arizona Department of Economic Security (ADES) to return a dependent child to his or her parents without first determining that return is...

Date: July 14, 2014
Docket Number: CV-13-0169

Metzler v. BCI Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Los Angeles, Inc.
Date: July 11, 2014
Docket Number: CV-13-0302

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed a personal injury suit against Defendant, BCI Coca-Cola Bottling Co. BCI rejected Plaintiff’s offer of judgment to settle, and the case proceeded to trial. The jury rendered a verdict for Plaintiff and aw...

Wyatt v. Vanguard Health Sys., Inc.
Date: June 30, 2014
Docket Number: CV-13-0272

Justia Opinion Summary: Two estates filed separate wrongful death actions against two acute care hospitals alleging violations of Arizona’s Adult Protective Services Act (APSA). The trial court granted summary judgment for the hospitals, conclu...

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