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Saturday, March 02, 2024


Old Models, New Practices
Splunk GC Scott Morgan says the Wild West mentality of the technology sector presents a challenge to thoughtful attorneys to provide calibrated advice.

Small Businesses

What started as an unwanted Christmas gift led to an untapped passion for Dre Brown, but the Scottsdale barber couldn’t see past the gift-wrapped box on that December morning.


California’s new Democratic senator, Laphonza Butler, will take over for the late Sen. Dianne Feinstein on the Senate Judiciary Committee, making it possible for confirmations of President Joe Biden’s judicial nominees to move forward.
Business owners challenge bill requiring E-Verify checks for jobs, benefits
House Speaker Ben Toma says his latest immigration bill could save Arizona billions in welfare benefits annually, but small-business owners rallied Monday to say it will cost the state instead, by driving out businesses and workers.
Going on offense over Defense spending: Biden touts benefits to states
When the Senate approved $95 billion in military and other aid for Ukraine and Israel earlier this month, President Joe Biden singled out Arizona as one of the states that would benefit from the increased defense spending.
New software tool takes on institutionalized racism in health care
An expecting mother goes for her first ultrasound with a new doctor. During the appointment, the doctor’s attention is drawn to an alert on her computer about the maternal mortality rate for Black women, like her new patient, being 2.6 times higher than that for non-Hispanic white women in the United States.
Assistant Secretary Estenoz announces $10 million from President Biden’s Investing in America agenda for ecosystem restoration in Arizona
During a visit to Saguaro National Park today, Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Shannon Estenoz announced that the Department of the Interior is investing $10.3 million from President Biden’s Investing in America agenda to restore Arizona’s lands and waters through locally led, landscape-scale restoration projects.
Court created doctrine shields police from liability
In the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder, there was a movement across the country to limit qualified immunity -- the legal doctrine that limits the ability to sue police officers for violating a person’s civil rights.
Arizona Department of Gaming releases December sports betting figures
Bettors in Arizona wagered over $693.3 million on sports in December of 2023, according to a new report by the Arizona Department of Gaming.
Planes, trains and automobiles in the modern arbitration world
Dating back to its inception in 1925 and enactment in 1926, the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA or the Act) has historically excluded two discrete classes of workers from mandatory arbitration: seamen and railroad employees.


A holiday present for all of us… no more Confederate names of military bases
On Oct. 7, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin ordered implementation of the findings of the Naming Commission, established by Congress last year. Austin’s order will be held up by a 90-day waiting period, and the renaming process should be in place by 2024 at the latest.
Voting rights litigation may become a contradiction in terms
The scope and strength of the Voting Rights Act, 52 U.S.C. § 10101, et seq., is again at issue this Supreme Court term.
Courtroom displays of bias assault the Justice System
Once a wealthy, manicured business scion, the defendant sits slumped and disheveled on her wheelchair.
Guest Column
Privately enforceable rights under spending clause on Supreme Court docket

On November 8, when it hears oral argument for Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County, et al., v. Talevski, 6 F.4th 713 (7th Cir. 2021), review granted (May 2, 2022), the U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether: (1) it should reexamine its holding that the spending clause may allow for privately enforceable rights under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 (“Section 1983”); and (2) assuming it does, whether the Federal Nursing Home Amendments Act of 1987 (FNHRA) provisions on transfer of residents and medication warrant such private enforcement.
Guest Column
Platform immunity in the crosshairs

“Section 230 should be revoked, immediately should be revoked, number one. For Zuckerberg and other platforms.” Transcript of Dec. 16, 2019, editorial board interview of presidential candidate Joe Biden, The New York Times, Jan. 17, 2020.