"Nuisance" Law Challenge

Heather Macre represented a domestic violence survivor in a successful constitutional challenge of a City of Surprise ordinance that required the eviction of renters who call police more than four times in a 30-day period.

 

 Minimum Wage: Local Control

Shawn Aiken co-counseled with Flagstaff attorney Mik Jordahl in a successful constitutional challenge to a 2013 law that denied to local governments in Arizona the power, within their jurisdictions, to set a minimum wage that exceeds the state minimum wage. The case settled in the plaintiffs' favor on June 29.

 Stadium Tax Unconstitutional

On August 12, 2015, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge ordered that the State of Arizona must refund collections of the rental-car tax that funded University of Phoenix Stadium and other sports facilities. In June 2014 the tax was ruled unconstitutional. Shawn Aiken and Michigan attorney Greg Hanley represent the successful plaintiffs.

 

  Appeal: Securities Fraud

On April 1, 2014, the Arizona Court of Appeals remanded for retrial in Yuma County Superior Court a securities fraud case successfully argued by Joe Schenk on behalf of the plaintiffs. Read about Caruthers v. Underhill, and see the April 3, 2014 Yuma Sun article.

 

 Stadium Tax Unconstitutional

On June 16, the Maricopa County Superior Court struck down the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority tax that funded construction of University of Phoenix Stadium, ruling that the tax violates Art. 9 Sec. 14 of the Arizona Constitution. Shawn Aiken represented the successful plaintiffs.

 VA Wrongful Death

Ty Taber and Jason Covault represent the family of a military veteran who died after the Phoenix Veterans Administration hospital delayed necessary medical care.

 Appellate Victory

On April 1, the Arizona Court of Appeals remanded for retrial in Yuma County Superior Court a securities fraud case successfully argued by Joe Schenk on behalf of the plaintiffs.

Read about Caruthers v. Underhill, and see the April 3 Yuma Sun article.

 

 Breach of Fiduciary Duty

Joe Schenk successfully defended a co-owner of an eye surgery center against breach of contract and bad faith claims by another co-owner. After less than 30 minutes of deliberation, the jury reach a unanimous defense verdict for our client and another unanimous verdict on the counterclaim.

 

 Rural/Metro Bankruptcy

Lamar Hawkins and Heather Macre represent a major creditor (landlord) in the Rural/Metro reorganization. The Scottsdale-based nationwide ambulance operator sought bankruptcy protection after negotiating a proposal with lenders and certain noteholders to cut debt by about half and obtain a new infusion of equity capital.

 Bid Challenge

Shawn Aiken represents a leading Arizona policy-maker in defense of a lawsuit brought by a major health conglomerate.

The suit challenges the Stateís award of a billion-dollar healthcare services contract to a competing bidder.

 Ranch Market Bankruptcy

Lamar Hawkins and Heather Macre represent one of the major unsecured creditors in the Proís Ranch Market bankruptcy. The attorneys play a prominent role on the unsecured creditors committee in the reorganization of the California-based grocery chain.

 Asset Protection

Phil Rupprecht is defending an appeal from a judgment in favor of a client, prohibiting her creditors from garnishing the proceeds payable under her late husbandís life insurance policy.