Goldman v. Sahl – 3/5/2020

April 29, 2020
Arizona Court of Appeals Division One held that (1) a communication that occurs preliminary to a judicial proceeding may be privileged against defamation claims when the defendant was “seriously considering” commencing litigation or had a good-faith basis to believe someone else was; and (2) Supreme Court Rule 48(l) does not bar abuse of judicial process claims involving a professional-discipline proceeding but the mere submission of a bar complaint that is dismissed without further action

Houser v. City of Phoenix – 4/9/2020

April 15, 2020
Arizona Court of Appeals Division One holds that if a Board of Adjustment authorizes requests for reconsideration and a party seeks reconsideration, the thirty-day clock under A.R.S. § 9-462.06(K) to file a special action challenging a Board of Adjustment’s decisions runs from when the Board acts on the request for reconsideration.

Sholem v. Langevin – 3/30/2020

April 15, 2020
Arizona Supreme Court held that (1) under Arizona Rule of Civil Procedure 4(i), if a plaintiff shows good cause for failing to serve a defendant within ninety days, a court is required to extend the time for service; (2) Rule 4(i) also allows a court, in its discretion, to extend the period for service without a plaintiff showing good cause; and (3) that if the ninety-day period for service has expired, a plaintiff seeking an extension under Rule 4(i) need not show that the delay in service or