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McLaughlin v. Honorable Lori B. Jones  
Date: September 19, 2017
Docket Number: CV-16-0266-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The statutory presumption set forth in Ariz. Rev. Stat. 25-814(A)(1) that a man is presumed to be a legal parent if his wife gives birth to a child during the marriage applies to couples in same-sex marriages. After Kim...

Cespedes v. Honorable Kenneth Lee  
Date: September 14, 2017
Docket Number: CR-16-0384-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: In this criminal case, the prosecutor’s instruction to the grand jury regarding the defense of justification was not erroneous and did not deprive Petitioner of a substantial procedural right. A grand jury indicted Pet...

Date: August 17, 2017
Docket Number: CV-16-0301-SA
State ex rel. Brnovich v. City of Tucson  
Date: August 17, 2017
Docket Number: CV-16-0301-SA

Justia Opinion Summary: The state may constitutionally prohibit a city’s practice, prescribed by local ordinance, of destroying firearms that the city obtains through forfeiture or as unclaimed property. In 2005, the City of Tucson passed an...

State v. Haskie  
Date: August 15, 2017
Docket Number: CR-16-0327-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: In this criminal case arising from an incident of domestic violence, the trial court did not err in admitting the testimony of an expert witness that described general behavioral tendencies of adult victims of domestic a...

Pawn 1st, LLC v. City of Phoenix  
Date: August 10, 2017
Docket Number: CV-16-0107-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: To obtain an area variance, an applicant must show that strictly applying a zoning ordinance will cause “peculiar and exceptional practical difficulties” that deprive a property of privileges enjoyed by other similarly...

Sirrah Enterprises, LLC v. Wunderlich  
Date: August 9, 2017
Docket Number: CV-16-0156-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: Because the warranty of workmanship and habitability is imputed into every residential construction contract, it is a term of the contract, and therefore, the successful party on a claim for breach of the warranty qualif...

Stambaugh v. Killian  
Date: August 3, 2017
Docket Number: CV-16-0217-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The plain language of Ariz. Rev. Stat. 3-1261(B), which provides that no two brands of the same design or figure shall be adopted or recorded, precluded the Arizona Department of Agriculture (Department) from recording “...

Date: August 2, 2017
Docket Number: CV-16-0314-SA
Arizona Chamber of Commerce v. Honorable Daniel J. Kiley  
Date: August 2, 2017
Docket Number: CV-16-0314-SA

Justia Opinion Summary: Proposition 206, “The Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act,” which increased the minimum wage and established earn paid sick leave, does not violate the Arizona Constitution’s Revenue Source Rule, Separate Amendment Rule,...

Hamblen v. Honorable Ralph Hatch  
Date: July 21, 2017
Docket Number: CV-16-0260-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: In this employment dispute, Employee filed an action in superior court alleging an unjust enrichment claim against Employee. Employee moved to compel arbitration under the parties’ employment contract’s arbitration provi...

Soto v. Sacco  
Date: July 13, 2017
Docket Number: CV-16-0136-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: Although a trial court should be circumspect when modifying a jury verdict, the court nonetheless may do so if it states the Ariz. R. Civ. P. 59(a) or (i) grounds for the order and explains its ruling with sufficient par...

State v. Honorable Hugh Hegyi  
Date: July 7, 2017
Docket Number: CR-16-0264-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: Pursuant to Ariz. R. Crim. P. 11.4(b), a defendant who asserts an insanity defense and voluntarily undergoes a mental health exam must disclose a complete copy of the mental health expert’s examination report, including...

Delgado v. Manor Care of Tuscon AZ, LLC  
Date: June 20, 2017
Docket Number: CV-16-0178-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: An actionable claim for abuse of a vulnerable adult under the Adult Protective Services Act (APSA), Ariz. Rev. Stat. 46-451 through -459, requires proof that (1) a vulnerable adult (2) has suffered an injury (3) caused b...

Gila River Indian Community v. Department of Child Safety  
Date: June 13, 2017
Docket Number: CV-16-0220-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: 25 U.S.C. 1911(b) of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) addresses transfer only of foster care replacement and termination-of-parental-rights actions and does not apply to state preadoptive and adoptive placements. The...

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