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Arizona not likely to sue banks in wake of Fair Housing ruling

Posted by   /  May 12, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Government and Politics, Real Estate  /  No Comments

By Liz Farmer | Governing After losing billions in property tax revenue during the foreclosure crisis, local governments notched a win last week when the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the city of Miami’s right to sue big banks under the Fair Housing Act. But don’t expect a flood of lawsuits to follow any time soon. […]

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Lawsuit filed to strike initiative restriction law

Posted by   /  May 12, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times Claiming lawmakers acted illegally, a newly organized group is asking a judge to void a key change in laws governing the right of voters to enact their own laws. The lawsuit filed Thursday in Maricopa County Superior Court charges that both the Arizona Constitution […]

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Pinal County civil forfeiture suit heating up

Posted by   /  May 10, 2017  /  Courts/Law  /  No Comments

By Katie Campbell | Arizona Capitol Times A lawsuit central to the civil asset forfeiture debate in Arizona will see progress this month after months of stagnation. U.S. District Court Judge Diane Humetewa on Monday ordered plaintiff Rhonda Cox to outline any effect recently signed legislation may have on her case against former Pinal County […]

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School officials threaten lawsuit over proposal forcing them to raise teacher pay

Posted by   /  May 9, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Education, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Luige del Puerto | Arizona Capitol Times The lobbying arm of Arizona’s school boards is threatening to sue over a proposed amendment that would require 50 percent of inflationary funding increases for K-12 education to be used for teacher pay raises. The Arizona School Boards Association said the amendment by House Speaker J.D. Mesnard […]

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‘Ransomware’ locks down prominent Providence law firm; Lauren Reynolds, a Rose Law Group litigator focusing on cybersecurity, says such ‘holdups’ becoming common

Posted by   /  May 7, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Cyberlaw, Cybersecurity  /  No Comments

By Katie Mulvaney | Providence Journal n unknown person or group held a Providence law firm captive for months by encrypting its files and then demanding $25,000 in ransom paid in anonymous cyber currency to restore access, according to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court. Moses Afonso Ryan Ltd. is suing its insurer, Sentinel Insurance […]

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No student housing appeal expected

Posted by   /  May 7, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Education, Real Estate  /  No Comments

By Corina Vanek | Arizona Daily Sun In the two weeks since a Pima County Superior Court Judge gave the go-ahead for The Hub, a student housing complex located on Milton Road, Phoenix Avenue and Mikes Pike, the skeleton of a building has started to take shape on the site. The 591-bedroom apartment complex, which […]

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Former mayor Valenzuela sentenced to 1-year probation

Posted by   /  May 5, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Kevin Reagan | PinalCentral The former Superior mayor who pleaded guilty to attempted theft in March has been sentenced to one year of supervised probation. Jayme Valenzuela was indicted last summer after an audit revealed he had used a town of Superior debit card to withdraw up to $2,300. According to the Arizona Attorney […]

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Lawsuit settlement signals end of current redistricting commission

Posted by   /  May 4, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Jeremy Duda | Arizona Capitol Times Seven years after it was appointed to redraw the state’s congressional and legislative districts, the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission is preparing to shut down operations following the settlement of the final lawsuit against it. The commission voted unanimously at its April 28 meeting to accept a settlement with […]

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Scottsdale pays $2.5M to appease condemnation concerns

Posted by   /  May 2, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

Scottsdale Independent Scottsdale City Council has approved the payment of $2.5 million to settle a dispute between what appears to be a group of local landowners alleging the municipality unlawfully pursued condemnation of a portion of collectively owned property eyed for the relocation of a fire station. The landowners were being heard in Maricopa County […]

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School districts file suit against state to fix crumbling buildings

Posted by   /  May 1, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Education  /  No Comments

By Katie Campbell and Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times Surrounded by school officials and taxpayers, attorney Tim Hogan details Monday the elements of a lawsuit charging the state is not living up to its constitutional obligations to properly fund school construction and repairs. Surrounded by school officials and taxpayers, attorney Tim […]

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