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  • July 15, 2018 1:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Due to procedural changes in Rule 45, Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure, the Court has created new Subpoena forms:

    1.  Civil cases:  http://www.superiorcourt.maricopa.gov/sscDocs/packets/cvsu1z.pdf

    2.  Family law cases:  http://www.superiorcourt.maricopa.gov/sscDocs/packets/drsu1z.pdf

    These are also available in Spanish.  All Superior Court forms can be found here: 

    http://www.superiorcourt.maricopa.gov/SuperiorCourt/LawLibraryResourceCenter/Forms/alphaList.asp

  • June 18, 2018 9:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On June 6th the National Labor Relations Board General Counsel issued a guidance on the agency's new position on employee handbook rules.  To learn more, visit:  https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/nlrb-general-counsel-adopts-less-47968/

  • June 08, 2018 10:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Following a dismissal for failure to prosecute after six years of litigation, the court granted defendants' motions for attorney fees under 35 U.S.C. § 285 because plaintiff's litigation tactics were unreasonable. "⁠[P]laintiff filed eight separate actions in this district against parties who turned out to be [the software developer defendant's] customers. None of those cases were marked as related. . . .  [A week later] plaintiff filed nine more separate actions in this district, again against parties who turned out to be [the developer's] customers. Again, none of these cases were marked as related. . . . [B]efore any of the defendants had been served -- plaintiff voluntarily dismissed every case that had not been assigned to [one judge] except [for two cases]. Then . . . plaintiff filed five more cases in this district against four more of [the developer's] customers and against [the developer] itself. This time, plaintiff marked these cases as related to each other and related to [a case] which had been assigned to [that judge]. . . . The Court therefore finds that plaintiff deliberately . . . waited to file its case against [the developer] itself until it could mark that case as related to one in front of its preferred judge. That conduct, under the circumstances, is serious misbehavior."

    DataTern, Inc. v. Blazent, Inc., et. al., 1-11-cv-11970 (MAD June 5, 2018, Order) (Saylor, USDJ)

  • May 09, 2018 12:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The top three areas of law where hybrid paralegals are in demand are Real Estate, Corporate, and Litigation.  Learn more here:  https://www.law.com/dailybusinessreview/2018/05/07/hybrid-paralegal-roles-are-on-the-rise-at-law-firms-in-house/

  • April 10, 2018 9:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In 2018 a wide variety of new Notary laws and administrative rules raising Notary fees, creating new journal requirements, adding testing and training guidelines, and more take effect. Here is a look at some of the important new laws and rules affecting Notaries.  Arizona's new rule, Administrative Rule R18-01, which took effect March 5, raises the maximum fee for notarizations to $10, up from the previous maximum of $2. However, Arizona Notaries now are required to select the fee they will charge — from “no charge” up to the new $10 maximum. Once chosen, the Notary will be expected to charge that fee at all times. The new rule also requires Arizona Notaries to post their fee schedule in a conspicuous location and in a mandatory fee schedule format to inform signers of the fee before performing a notarization.

    To read about changes to notary laws and rules in other states, click here. 

  • March 31, 2018 9:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    US District Judge Ellen Huvelle will decide whether PACER is charging inordinately high fees and putting the revenue toward unauthorized uses.   Read more here:  https://www.law.com/nationallawjournal/2018/03/23/judge-considers-legality-of-pacer-fees/

  • March 25, 2018 10:28 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Curiously "Uncurious':  Hollywood Attorney Disbarred for Not Catching Ex-Con Paralegal's $5M Theft

    In what the state Supreme Court called an "egregious" case, Randall Gilbert hired a convicted fraudster without question, fired him for stealing, then rehired him and put him in charge of the law firm's finances.

    https://www.law.com/dailybusinessreview/2018/03/22/curiously-uncurious-hollywood-attorney-disbarred-for-not-catching-ex-con-paralegals-5m-theft/

  • January 25, 2018 9:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This is a good article to remind everyone to be very careful with your data.  Some people continue to use DropBox for exchange of confidential or privilege information, and this is why most don't. 

    https://goo.gl/5C8SVf

  • January 10, 2018 12:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Arizona Supreme Court has announced that Pinal County Superior Court is now accepting electronic filings of civil case initiation and civil subsequent documents through the eFileAZ and AZTurboCourt efiling applications. eFiling is currently available using both applications in Yavapai County, Mohave County, Santa Cruz County, and Maricopa County Superior courts. Plans are underway for the remaining Superior Courts in the State to begin accepting civil documents via efiling in the coming months.  To read more, click here.

  • January 09, 2018 9:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Free CLE - Best Practices for Corporate Transactions, Tuesday, January 23, 2018 11am ET/9AM AZ.  By CSC Global.

    Corporate transactions can come with a host of complex compliance and filing requirements that are often necessary to complete under tight time schedules. Therefore, it is critical that practitioners know best practices for these transactions. In this Continuing Legal Education (CLE*) credit-eligible program, we will highlight some meaningful points to consider when working on corporate transactions and discuss relevant recent case law.

    Join Helena Ledic, associate general counsel, and Rob O’Byrne, strategic account manager, as we discuss these important topics, including:

    • Review of common corporate transactional work
    • Things you will encounter regularly
    • Formations and qualifications
    • State-specific information
    • Mergers and acquisitions, and related filings

    To register, click here

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