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This is latin for the responsibility borne by an employer for injuries caused by an employee to a third party. Ordinarily, when an employee runs a red light and injures you, his employer will also be liable to you, even though the employer did nothing wrong. About the only limitation on this principle in Arizona … Read More
This is a letter which an insurer sends to the people it is insuring, telling them that the insurance company is defending them, for now, but the insurance company is “reserving its rights” to later deny coverage and even stop paying the attorney it hired to defend you. This is not a good letter to … Read More
If a Judge believes the amount of a damage award is either too high or too low, he can grant a new trial. Or, he can tell the side which benefited that they can voluntarily agree to a reduction, (remittitur), or agree to an enhancement, (additur) instead of holding a new trial. The parties are … Read More
The trend throughout the Courts in this country has been to reduce punitive damages. They are designed to punish a wrongdoer, to deter future wrongful conduct. The Courts are generally comfortable with a justified award of punitive damages, that does not exceed 10 times the compensatory award. Punitive damages are to be reserved for only &hel Read More
If you fall in Safeway, or in the parking lot at Walmart or on your neighbor’s walkway, your rights can vary. For the most part, people who are patronizing a business are considered by the law to be an “invitee” and the business is required to keep their premises free of unreasonably dangerous conditions. A … Read More