Q: Must an out-of-state lawyer who refers a case to me become admitted pro hac vice in order to share the fee in my PI litigation case?

A: No, so long as the out-of-state lawyer does not perform services that require pro hac vice admission, such as signing pleadings or appearing in court. Read Ops. 10-04.

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Law Firms Mesh Attorneys, Marketing to Gain New Clients
Traditionally, attorneys have kept marketing tasks at arm's length as they made legal work their top priority. Read More.

Law Firm Leaders Express 'Guarded Optimism' About Business Outlook for 2011
When managing partners of law firms large and small gathered in the same room last week at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, the inevitable question arose: Will business get any better? Read More.

Former Prosecutor Charged With Aiding False Confession
Clifford Minor, a former Essex County, N.J., prosecutor and Newark chief judge, has been indicted on charges of accepting a $3,500 bribe for arranging a false confession in a gun possession case, federal officials announced on Thursday. Read More.

Pacheco and Valdivia Honored at 40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40 Awards
The 4th Annual 40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40 Awards inducted attorneys Andrew Pacheco and Dawn Valdivia into its prestigious list of honorees on Sept. 22. Read More.

2010 Economics of Law Practice in Arizona Report Now Available for Purchase
The report helps with the difficult task of managing operations of a law firm including keeping current on salaries for associates and support staff, hourly billing rates and overhead expenses. Read More.

Lawyers On Call to Address 12 News Viewers' Estate Planning Questions
Volunteers for the October 5th Lawyers On Call public service program will address viewers' questions on estate planning. Tune in from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tues., Oct. 5, 2010 to watch your industry colleagues help our local community. Read More.

State Bar Celebrates 50 Years of To Kill A Mockingbird
Tickets are moving fast for the State Bar of Arizona�s special screening of To Kill A Mockingbird on October 14th. Make sure to reserve your seats today! All proceeds will benefit the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education. Read More.

Attorney Allowed to Practice After Serving 60-day Suspension
Attorney Robert Arentz has been reinstated as a member of the State Bar of Arizona after serving a 60-day suspension, following an order from the Supreme Court of Arizona. Read More.

Attorney Consents to Disbarment During State Bar Investigation
The Supreme Court of Arizona has ordered that Edward P. Bolding be disbarred from the practice of law. Read More.

Arizona Attorney Shares Readers' Ideas on Changing State Law
The inaugural Legal Ideas Issue of Arizona Attorney magazine features reader responses to its query on what changes they would make to law or policy. Read More.

Building Your Connections 2010 - November 4, 2010
A repeat performance of last year's popular networking event. The Arizona Society of CPAs and the Risk Management Association of Arizona join us in sponsoring this event. Read More.

Watch out for foreign check scams!
We're hearing from more attorneys here in Arizona who say they've been approached by bogus foreign companies asking for representation. Read More.

Sports and Entertainment Law in the 21st Century
Interested in sports and entertainment law? Don't miss your opportunity to hear the industry's seasoned - legal - professionals at this all-day conference at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at ASU on Saturday, October 30. Read More.

Honoring and Supporting Individuals Building Pathways to Justice
Dean Paul Schiff Berman and the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law Pro Bono Board present the 3rd Annual Justice for All Night on Thursday, October 21. Proceeds will go towards Summer Public Interest Fellowships. Read More.

Attorney M.B. "Joe" Mosely Remembered with Memorial Blood Drive in His Honor
The children of Joe Mosely have partnered with United Blood Services to host the "Go For Joe" blood drive. They ask that you help save lives by joining them in donating blood from Sept. 29 through Nov. 20. Read More.

Arizona Court of Appeals
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September 16, 2010 - CV 09-0408 - Canyon v. SCF Arizona
1. Did the trial court err in dismissing the surgical centers' claims against SCF Arizona for violation of statutory duty, breach of policy benefits and bad faith relating to SCF's obligation to pay workers' compensation benefits?
2. Did the trial court err in granting partial summary judgment on the ground that SCF did not violate the rulemaking requirements of the Administrative Procedures Act?
3. Did the trial court err in granting judgment as a matter of law for SCF notwithstanding that an advisory jury found in favor of the surgical centers?
4. Did the trail court err in awarding sanctions under Rule 68 even though additional claims may be filed by the surgical center? Read Opinion.

September 3, 2010 - 2 CA-CV 2010-0044 - Hamill v. Mid-Century Insurance Company
Did the trial court err by granting summary judgment, concluding that a driver is not underinsured when the company providing her automobile liability insurance agrees, prior to judgment, to pay the total judgment or later settlement even if it exceeds the policy limit? Read Opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

September 27, 2010 - 08-55483 - Wang v. Chinese Daily News, Inc.
In an action brought against a Chinese-language newspaper by some of its California-based employees under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and under California law, judgment for plaintiffs is affirmed where:
1) the evidence before the district court did not create a genuine issue of material fact as to the reporters' status;
2) the district court did not abuse its discretion in certifying a Rule 23(b)(2) class;
3) the district court did not abuse its discretion in invalidating the opt-outs and in restricting defendant's ability to communicate with class members;
4) substantial evidence supported the jury's verdict; 5) the FLSA does not preempt a state-law section 17200 claim that "borrows" its substantive standard from FLSA; and
5) it was within the district court's discretion to exercise supplemental jurisdiction over the section 17200 claim in this case. Read Opinion.

September 23, 2010 - 09-55666 - Rossum v. Patrick
In a murder prosecution, a denial of petitioner's habeas petition is reversed and remanded where, in light of the anomalous medical and toxicological evidence, the ready availability of an alternative cause of death, the lapse in the chain of custody of the victim's autopsy specimens, and the failure of petitioner's attorneys to have a test conducted that could have conclusively contradicted the prosecution's theory of the case, petitioner made a strong showing that her lawyers' performance was deficient, and the district court needs to conduct an evidentiary hearing on this issue. Read Opinion.


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