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Recent Decisions From the Arizona Supreme Court

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

Sanders v. Alger  
Date: June 1, 2017
Docket Number: CV-16-0181-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: A patient owes a duty a reasonable care to a caregiver with respect to conduct creating a risk of physical harm to the caregiver. Further, the firefighter’s rule does not bar caregivers’ recovery when responding to an em...

Horne v. Polk  
Date: May 25, 2017
Docket Number: CV-16-0052-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case involving substantial consequences for alleged violations of campaign finance laws, the same individual issued the initial decision finding violations and ordering remedies, participated personally in the pr...

State v. Primous  
Date: May 23, 2017
Docket Number: CR-16-0205-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The police conducted a pat-down search of Defendant based on the dangerousness of the area in which he was found and the flight of one of Defendant’s companions. The trial court denied Defendant’s motion to suppress, con...

State v. Pandeli  
Date: May 15, 2017
Docket Number: CR-15-0270-PC

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the postconviction court’s grant of relief to Appellant. The postconviction court set aside Defendant’s death sentence for the murder of Holly Iler, finding ineffective assistance of counsel an...

State v. Gulley  
Date: May 12, 2017
Docket Number: CR-16-0456-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: Ariz. Rev. Stat. 13-707(B) does not require a repeat class one misdemeanor conviction to be both classified and sentenced as a class six felony. Defendant was convicted of the same class 1 misdemeanor of disorderly con...

American Power Products, Inc. v. CSK Auto, Inc.  
Date: May 11, 2017
Docket Number: CV-16-0133-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Arizona Supreme Court reversed the trial court’s award of attorney fees to Plaintiff and its ruling that Plaintiff was the “prevailing party” in the proceedings below. Before trial, Defendant made a settlement offer...

City of Phoenix v. Glenayre Electronics, Inc.  
Date: May 10, 2017
Docket Number: CV-16-0126-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that governmental entities’ contract-based actions, including claims for indemnification, that fall within Ariz. Rev. Stat. 12-552(A) are subject to the eight-year statute of repose, notwithstandin...

Dobson Bay Club II DD, LLC v. La Sonrisa De Siena, LLC  
Date: April 25, 2017
Docket Number: CV-16-0029-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce loaned Dobson Bay Club II DD, LLC and related entities (Dobson Bay) $28.6 million for Dobson Bay’s purchase of commercial properties. The loan was secured by a deed of trust encumbering...

State v. Fischer  
Date: April 17, 2017
Docket Number: CR-15-0380-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of second degree murder. Defendant moved for a new trial under Ariz. R. Crim. P. 24.1(c)(1). The trial court granted the motion for a new trial, concluding that the guilty v...

State v. Fischer  
Date: April 17, 2017
Docket Number: CR-15-0380-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of second degree murder. Following the guilty verdict, Defendant moved for a new trial under Ariz. R. Crim. P. 24.1(c)(1). The trial court granted the motion for a new trial...

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