Ethics Q&A
Q: Can you send a letter directly to the opposing party, if you copy their attorney on the letter?

A: Not unless: 1) a statute or rule requires such contact; or 2) you have opposing counsel's prior consent to such contact. Ariz. Op. 02-02.

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Arizona Court of Appeals
Division One Division Two

December 26, 2002 - CV 00-0539 - Liristis v. American Family
Does a homeowner's insurance policy that excludes mold as a cause of loss provide coverage for mold damage resulting from water used to put out a fire in the home?
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December 24, 2002 - CV 02-0038 - Moedt v. General Motors
To what extent does Arizona's Lemon Law permit the award of attorney's fees to a consumer in a case that was filed but immediately settled? Read opinion...

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

December 31, 2002 - No. 01-50140/52, US v. Colin
A police officer had no reasonable suspicion to stop a vehicle based on purported Vehicle Code violations ("lane-straddling" and driving under the influence), thus evidence discovered after the vehicle stop should have been suppressed. Read opinion...

December 31, 2002 - No. 01-17080, BEDROC Ltd., L.L.C. v. US
Sand and gravel are "valuable minerals" within the meaning of the Pittman Underground Water Act, giving the U.S. title to those minerals on a parcel of land.
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