Arizona Supreme Court Decisions 2019

Brush & Nib Studio, LC v. City of Phoenix  
Date: September 16, 2019
Docket Number: CV-18-0176-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that the owners of Brush & Nib Studios, LC (together with Brush & Nib, "Plaintiffs") have the right to refuse to create custom wedding invitations celebrating same-sex wedding ceremonies in violati...

City of Phoenix v. Orbitz Worldwide Inc.  
Date: September 9, 2019
Docket Number: CV-18-0275-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: In considering whether online travel companies (OTCs) are subject to municipal privilege taxes under Model City Tax Code (the Code) 444 and 447 the Supreme Court held that the OTCs in this case were subject to taxation u...

State v. Johnson  
Date: August 23, 2019
Docket Number: CR-16-0261-AP

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions and death sentence for the murder of Xiaohung Fu, holding that none of Defendant's claims of error warranted reversal of his convictions. Specifically, the Court held (...

Trisha v. Department of Child Safety  
Date: August 15, 2019
Docket Number: CV-18-0178-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that a parent must provide evidence of a "meritorious defense" to succeed on a Rule 46(E) motion to set aside a severance judgment following a Rule 64(C) acceleration of a final adjudication as a r...

Aguirre v. Industrial Commission of Arizona  
Date: August 15, 2019
Docket Number: CV-19-0001-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court set aside an administrative law judge's (ALJ) denial of Gilbert Aguirre's workers' compensation claim for benefits, holding that a claimant does not waive appellate review of the legally sufficiency of...

State v. Johnson  
Date: August 13, 2019
Docket Number: CR-16-0261-AP

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions for first degree murder, kidnapping, and burglary in the first degree and death sentence, holding that none of Defendant's allegations of error warranted reversal. Spec...

State v. Martin  
Date: August 9, 2019
Docket Number: CR-18-0380-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the decision of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's conviction and sentence, holding that trying Defendant a second time for first-degree murder under the circumstances of this case viola...

State v. Champagne  
Date: August 7, 2019
Docket Number: CR-17-0425-AP

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions and sentences for first-degree murder, second-degree murder, kidnapping, and two counts of abandonment or concealment of a dead body, holding that Defendant's allegation...

Arizona Chapter of Associated General Contractors of America v. City of Phoenix  
Date: July 24, 2019
Docket Number: CV-19-0158-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the superior court denying relief to the Arizona Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America and David Martin (collec...

State v. Malone  
Date: July 17, 2019
Docket Number: CR-18-0431-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction for premeditated first degree murder, holding that a defendant who introduces expert evidence of a character trait for impulsivity to challenge premeditation cannot intro...

State v. Nunez-Diaz  
Date: July 16, 2019
Docket Number: CR-18-0514-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgments of the lower courts concluding that Defendant, an undocumented immigrant, received ineffective assistance of counsel resulting in his mandatory deportation, holding that Defendant...

Sky Harbor Hotel Properties, LLC v. Patel Properties, LLC  
Date: June 25, 2019
Docket Number: CV-19-0033-CQ

Justia Opinion Summary: In these consolidated cases involving alleged breaches of fiduciary duties the Supreme Court answered questions certified to it by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Arizona by applying common law age...

State v. Jones  
Date: May 28, 2019
Docket Number: CR-18-0370-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated Defendant's convictions and sentences arising from his possession of hashish, a form of cannabis resin, holding that the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA) immunized Defendant's conduct becaus...

Barron v. Barron  
Date: May 21, 2019
Docket Number: CV-18-0234-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: In this divorce case, the Supreme Court vacated a portion of the divorce decree providing for an order under Koelsch v. Koelsch, 148 Ariz. 176 (1986), holding that federal law does not permit a state court to order a mil...

Normandin v. Encanto Adventures, LLC  
Date: May 17, 2019
Docket Number: CV-18-0200-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the summary judgment in favor of Encanto Adventures LLC on Marcie Normandin's premises liability claim, holding that Encanto was not immunized by Arizona's recreational use statute, Ariz. Rev....

Paul E. v. Courtney F.  
Date: April 25, 2019
Docket Number: CV-18-0111-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the family court's orders to the extent those orders appointed and granted authority to specific treatment professionals for the child in this case and otherwise limited Father's sole legal deci...

Morales v. Archibald  
Date: April 25, 2019
Docket Number: CV-19-0065-T/AP

Justia Opinion Summary: In this opinion, the Supreme Court explained its March 20, 2019 order affirming the trial court's decision enjoining a recall election of Phoenix City Councilman Michael Nowakowski, holding that the trial court did not e...

City of Surprise v. Arizona Corporation Commission  
Date: March 28, 2019
Docket Number: CV-18-0137-SA

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the portion of the order of the Arizona Corporation Commission requiring a public utility to apply for Commission approval of a proposed condemnation, holding that Ariz. Rev. Stat. 40-285(A) doe...

State v. Zeitner  
Date: March 18, 2019
Docket Number: CR-18-0076-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions and sentences, holding that the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) statutory scheme, Ariz. Rev. Stat. 36-2901 to -2999.57, abrogates and creates an exc...

Diaz v. Honorable Deborah Bernini  
Date: February 28, 2019
Docket Number: CR-18-0250-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the superior court’s ruling that reversed the municipal court’s grant of Petitioner’s motion to suppress, holding that, apart from any constitutional considerations, Arizona’s implied consent s...

State v. De Anda III  
Date: February 28, 2019
Docket Number: CR-18-0286-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court denying Defendant’s motion to suppress results of a blood test he submitted to after he was arrested for driving under the influence, holding that Defendant’s co...

State v. Weakland  
Date: February 25, 2019
Docket Number: CR-17-0615-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions and sentences, holding that the good-faith exception to the exclusionary rule applies in a prosecution for driving under the influence (DUI) to admit blood evidence unco...

Saban Rent-a-Car LLC v. Arizona Department of Revenue  
Date: February 25, 2019
Docket Number: CV-18-0080-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals in this class action, holding that the surcharge imposed by Maricopa County on car rental agencies to fund a stadium and other sports and tourism-related ve...

Crosby-Garbotz v. Honorable Howard P. Fell  
Date: February 5, 2019
Docket Number: CR-18-0050-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court remanded this case to the superior court to grant Defendant’s motion to dismiss on the basis that issue preclusion prevented the State from relitigating whether Defendant had abused his infant child, ho...

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...

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