If Phoenix-area business owners don’t already know who David Ritzenthaler is, they soon will. The Scottsdale resident has sued more than 200 local businesses and landlords for alleged parking lot violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. And he is… More
1. Choosing the Wrong Type of Legal Entity.Except in unusual circumstances, the best entity is the limited liability company. Founders and investors each get better tax treatment. An operating agreement offers maximum flexibility for a diverse and creative way to please… More
On October 12, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 525 into law, which makes significant amendments to the California Franchise Relations Act. The amendments to the Act, which take effect on January 1, 2016, will apply to any… More
More salaried employees would be eligible for overtime compensation under proposed regulations recently issued by the U.S. Department of Labor. The DOL also has warned employers about the improper use of “independent contractors” to evade overtime compensation obligations.
During its 2015 Regular Session, the New Mexico Legislature passed Senate Bill 319, which amended the County Industrial Revenue Bond Act in order to add mines and energy refineries, treatment or processing plants to the list of “projects” qualifying for… More
To pay, or not to pay? For Arizona employers offering internships, that is the question. Since the Great Recession, the number of unpaid internships has mushroomed, presumably because employers desire to reduce costs while students still need to bolster their… More
Eminent domain is the power of the government to condemn private property for a public use, subject to payment of just compensation. The process in Arizona is driven primarily by statute. Therefore, while eminent domain attorneys are familiar with the… More
Arizona projects a budget deficit of $520 million in FY15 and $1 billion in FY16 according to the State’s Joint Legislative Budget Committee, and yet, only two years ago, the State was sitting on a $900 million surplus. How did… More
Condemnation cases, like other types of litigation, almost always settle rather than go to trial. Mediation is used frequently as the vehicle for settlement discussions. So, what is mediation, why is it useful and how does it work?
Public contracts for construction or construction-related services are typically awarded through a traditional competitive process to the bidder who offers the best value or lowest price. Although this process is complex and often time-consuming, it serves the public interest by… More