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Recent Decisions From the Arizona Supreme Court

Nicaise v. Sundaram  
Date: January 17, 2019
Docket Number: CV-18-0089-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated a potion of the court of appeals’ opinion and affirmed the family court’s order giving Father final legal decision-making authority over certain issues regarding the parties' child, holding that...

Jackson v. Eagle KMC LLC  
Date: January 2, 2019
Docket Number: CV-18-0056-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was whether Arizona’s automatic assignment provision in Ariz. Rev. Stat. 23-1023(B) applies when an employee receives workers’ compensation benefits under another state’s laws. The Supreme Court held that the la...

Conklin v. Medtronic, Inc.  
Date: December 18, 2018
Docket Number: CV-17-0322-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that an Arizona common law failure-to-warn claim based on a medical device manufacturer’s failure to submit adverse event reports to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is impliedl...

State v. Hedlund  
Date: December 10, 2018
Docket Numbers: CR-93-0362-AP, CR-93-0377-AP

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s sentence of death imposed in connection with his convictions for first-degree and second-degree murder, holding that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals erred in finding that habeas...

Leach v. Reagan  
Date: December 6, 2018
Docket Number: CV-18-0205-AP/EL

Justia Opinion Summary: In this opinion, the Supreme Court explained its reasoning for its previously issued orders affirming the trial court’s rulings that the Proposition 127, Renewable Energy Standards Initiative qualified for the November...

Phoenix City Prosecutor v. Honorable Laura Lowery  
Date: December 3, 2018
Docket Number: CV-18-0101-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the ruling of the municipal court that the anti-marital fact privilege precluded H.C. from testifying about Defendant’s driving under the influence (DUI) charges, holding that H.C. could testif...

Hopi Tribe v. Arizona Snowbowl Resort Limited Partnership  
Date: November 29, 2018
Docket Number: CV-18-0057-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the trial court’s judgment in favor of Arizona Snowbowl Resort Limited Partnership (Snowbowl) and the City of Flagstaff on the public nuisance claim brought by the Hopi Tribe, holding that envi...

Stanwitz v. Reagan  
Date: November 21, 2018
Docket Number: CV-18-0222-AP/EL

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court explained the reasons for its prior decision order disqualifying the “Stop Political Dirty Money Amendment” (the Initiative) from the November 2018 general election ballot, holding that Ariz. Rev. Stat....

Hoffman v. Reagan  
Date: November 1, 2018
Docket Number: CV-18-0187-AP/EL

Justia Opinion Summary: In this opinion, the Supreme Court explained its ruling that House Concurrent Resolution 2007 (HCR 2007) does not violate the constitutional “single subject rule,” holding that because the two provisions of HCR 2007 are...

Molera v. Reagan  
Date: October 26, 2018
Docket Number: CV-18-0218-AP/EL

Justia Opinion Summary: In this opinion, the Supreme Court explained the reasons for its prior order disqualifying the “Invest in Education Act” initiative from the November 2018 election ballot, holding that the initiative’s description was fa...

State v. McKinney  
Date: September 27, 2018
Docket Number: CR-93-0362-AP

Justia Opinion Summary: After granting the State’s motion to conduct a new independent review of Defendant’s two death sentences, the Supreme Court affirmed the sentences, holding that there was no error in the trial court’s findings of aggrava...

State v. Valenzuela  
Date: September 25, 2018
Docket Number: CR-14-0351-AP

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions of first degree murder, discharge of a firearm at a structure, and misconduct involving weapons and sentences of death for the murder and concurrent prison sentences for...

State v. Escalante  
Date: September 14, 2018
Docket Number: CR-17-0251-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant’s drug-related convictions and remanded the case for a new trial, holding that the admission and pervasive use of drug-courier profile evidence during Defendant's trial constituted fu...

Alma S. v. Department of Child Safety  
Date: September 14, 2018
Docket Number: CV-17-0363-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: In this termination of parental rights case, the Supreme Court held that juvenile courts must consider the totality of the circumstances existing at the time of a parental severance determination, including the child’s a...

State v. Sanders  
Date: September 13, 2018
Docket Number: CR-14-0302-AP

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions for first degree murder and child abuse and Defendant’s sentence of death, holding that there was no reversible error in the proceedings below. Specifically, the Court...

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