Ethics Q&A
Q: Do you owe a duty to keep confidential information emailed to you by a prospective client if you've never spoken with or met with the person?

A: No - unsolicited, unilateral communications from prospective clients do not receive confidential protection unless you have responded to the email with advice or previously spoken with the individual. Ariz. Op. 02-04 (with dissent).

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Indigent Defendant Entitled to Expert Witnesses at Public Expense
An indigent defendant may be entitled to expert witnesses at public expense, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled.

Supreme Court Hears IOLTA Arguments
Interesting questions and answers Monday as the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments about whether IOLTA accounts violate the Fifth Amendment's takings clause. Read more...

9th Circuit to Say if 'Ring' is Retroactive
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to decide if the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Ring v. Arizona applies retroactively. Read more...


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Wanted: Attorneys Who Exemplify Professionalism
The State Bar's Peer Review Committee wants to hear about Arizona attorneys who demonstrate outstanding professionalism, integrity, and civility.
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Arizona Court of Appeals
Division One Division Two

November 26, 2002 - CV 00-0129 - Parking Concepts v. Tenney/Gulf
Can the trial court, when determining the reasonableness of a Morris agreement, consider the insureds' risk of losing their real estate licenses when such a risk is a consequence of uninsured conduct?
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November 27, 2002 - 2 CA-CV 2000-0079 - Empress Adult Video v. City of Tucson
Does A.R.S. � 13-1422, which requires adult-oriented businesses to close certain hours each day, violate either the free speech provision, article II, � 6, or the equal protection provision, article II, � 13, of the Arizona Constitution? Read the opinion.Read opinion...

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

December 3, 2002 - No. 00-56923 - Rodriguez v. Panayiotou
Defendant's media interview statements, regarding a police officer's purported conduct during an undercover operation, were provably false assertions of fact not shielded as opinion under California law, and the litigation privilege did not apply. Read opinion...

December 3, 2002 - No. 99-15185 - White v. Ford Motor Co.
In a product defect action based on the failure of a truck's parking brake, a punitive damages award unconstitutionally punished an automobile maker for out-of-state conduct, based on 1) the district court's refusal to limit the jury to consideration of Nevada's interests, and 2) plaintiff's lawyers exhortations to the jury.
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