• Jury Renders $4.7 Billion Verdict Against J&J

    Last week, a jury in St. Louis found that Johnson & Johnson should pay $4.14 billion in punitive damages and $550 million in compensatory damages to 22 women and their families who blamed ovarian-cancer cases on asbestos in the company’s baby powder.

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  • AZ Supreme Court Imposes Limits in Negligence Cases

    Ernest Quiroz died from mesothelioma, an asbestos-related cancer. His father had worked at the Reynolds Metal Company plant for 35 years, and each night after work he came home wearing asbestos-contaminated clothes.

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  • Ballot Measure to Ban Sales Tax on Services Likely

    Last week, the Arizona Association of Realtors submitted more than 400,000 signatures on petitions to put a measure on the November ballot to amend the state’s constitution to ban sales tax on services.

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  • Voter Registration

    Breaking Legal News: AZ Secretary of State, Michele Reagan, agreed last week to settle a voter registration lawsuit.

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  • Identity Theft Protection

    The Arizona Legislature recently enacted a bill to help Arizonans protect themselves from identity theft.

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  • The Increased Advantages of LLCs

    The formation of limited liability companies (LLCs) is expected to dramatically increase due to various tax advantages offered by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

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  • Supreme Court Ruling Affirms Parenting Rights for Same-Sex Couples

    The U.S. Supreme Court recently refused to overturn an Arizona Supreme Court ruling that says same-sex couples are entitled to the same parenting rights as opposite sex couples when they get divorced.

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  • Medical Marijuana by the Numbers

    Last year, Arizonans bought more than 86,000 pounds of marijuana for medical purposes, according to a recent report from the Arizona Department of Health Services.

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  • Estate and Gift Taxes Owed by Fewer Taxpayers After the Tax Overhaul

    At the new levels, according to estimates by the Tax Policy Center, 1,700 estates will owe estate tax in 2018, out of an estimated 2.7 million deaths. In 2017, an estimated 5,500 estates owed the tax. This is about a two-thirds decrease.

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  • Probate Cases in Maricopa County On the Rise

    There are about 22,000 probate cases in Maricopa County, and that number has steadily increased by between six and seven percent annually over the past few years.

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