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Bell v. Indus. Comm’n of Ariz.
Date: January 30, 2015
Docket Number: CV-14-0095

Justia Opinion Summary: Linda Bell was injured at her job and underwent surgery for her injury seventeen months later. Bell requested temporary partial disability (TPD) compensation to reimburse her for the sick leave and vacation time she had...

BMO Harris Bank, N.A. v. Wildwood Creek Ranch, LLC
Date: January 23, 2015
Docket Number: CV-14-0101

Justia Opinion Summary: The Rudgears, the owners of Wildwood Creek Ranch, LLC, borrowed money, through Wildwood, from the predecessor to BMO Harris Bank to finance construction of a home on a vacant lot. The loan was secured by a deed of trust....

CSA 13-101 Loop, LLC v. Loop 101, LLC
Date: December 31, 2014
Docket Number: CV-14-0029

Justia Opinion Summary: Loop 101, LLC (“Loop”) borrowed money from MidFirst Bank to construct an office building. The promissory note was secured by a deed of trust, and four individuals guaranteed payment. The note, deed of trust, and gurantee...

Biggs v. Hon. Katherine Cooper
Date: December 31, 2014
Docket Number: CV-14-0132

Justia Opinion Summary: After HB 2010 was introduced by the legislature to expand Arizona’s indigent healthcare program, the question arose whether the legislature must pass the act by a supermajority vote. The legislative decided, by majority...

State v. Diaz
Date: December 30, 2014
Docket Number: CR-14-0063

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2007, Defendant was convicted for possession of methamphetamine for sale. Defendant filed a notice of post-conviction relief (PCR), but the trial court dismissed the proceeding after Defendant’s new attorney failed to...

State v. Ketchner
Date: December 18, 2014
Docket Number: CR-13-0158

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of first-degree felony murder, attempted first-degree murder, first-degree burglary, and three counts of aggravated assault. The trial court sentenced Defendant to death for...

Orca Commc’ns Unlimited, LLC v. Noder
Date: November 19, 2014
Docket Number: CV-13-0351

Justia Opinion Summary: Orca Communications Unlimited, LLC filed this action against Ann Noder, its former president, and the competing company Noder started after she left Orca, asserting common law tort clams based on alleged misappropriation...

Malnar v. Joice
Date: November 14, 2014
Docket Number: CV-14-0240

Justia Opinion Summary: In August, 2014, Elizabeth Joice filed a nomination paper with the Maricopa County Education Service Agency (“Agency”) announcing her intent to run for a vacant term of the Peoria Unified School District Governing Board....

Gallardo v. State
Date: October 30, 2014
Docket Number: CV-14-0208

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010, the Arizona legislature amended Ariz. Rev. Stat. 15-1441(I) to require the election of two at-large members to the governing board of community colleges located in very populous counties. Plaintiffs filed a comp...

J.D. v. Hon. Hugh Hegyi
Date: October 27, 2014
Docket Number: CV-14-0085

Justia Opinion Summary: Daughter accused Stepfather of sexual abuse. Because Daughter was a minor at the time of the accusation, Mother asserted victims’ rights on her behalf. Before trial, Daughter turned eighteen. Stepfather then filed a mot...

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...

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