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Flagstaff Defamation Lawsuit Case Study: Developer v. Local Politician?

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UPDATE: Looks like the mayor of Flagstaff is getting involved in the Landmark / Evans defamation debacle. The latest? Landmark properties withdrew its zoning request. Also, city officials released a statement saying they would represent Evans in the suit, but the Mayor doesn’t remember authorizing that. So now there’s red-tape to tackle. *** Original Article *** A spokesman for a local property developer sued a local Flagstaff politician for defamation. Is the claim valid, or a sly attempt to influence a Council vote? Flagstaff Defamation Lawsuit Background Info: Property Developer Wants To Build An Apartment Complex, But Local Residents Aren’t Thrilled The Standard is a 650-bedroom student complex that Landmark Properties has been itching to erect in Flagstaff, Arizona. But there’s one major hurdle: the 50 or so families that would be displaced by the building. The affected families have ...
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Unfair Competition: What Is It (In Plain English, Please)?

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In this law blog post, we provide a quick overview of unfair competition -- especially as it relates to online businesses. It includes an easy-to-understand summary of unfair competition, a few examples of unfair competition tactics, plus a list of unfair competition laws that businesses need to follow in the U.S. To learn more, click through. To speak with an unfair competition attorney, go here.
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Arizona’s Attorney General Is Suing Citizens: Deserved or Dumb Move?

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Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne is crying defamation, y’all. The state’s polarizing legal chief filed an action against the Arizona Public Integrity Alliance (AZPIA) – a citizen watchdog organization – over an advertisement on the group’s Facebook page. In the ad, AZPIA claimed Horne was under investigation by the FBI. It also highlighted Horne’s failure to remunerate a $400,000 fine handed down for inappropriate campaign fundraising. Horne insists, however, that the group has their facts messed up. The attorney general points out that, technically, he is no longer the subject of an FBI investigation. As a result, he’s suing for defamation. Questionably, Horne filed as a private citizen despite being a public official. Can he do that? Well, yes, he can do it. But the question is: will it work? Horne Is An Attorney General; Can He Claim To Be ...
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Arizona Benefit Corporations: A New Business Registration Category

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Is your startup equally interested in do-goodery and money? If yes, consider registering your company in Arizona, because Gov. Jan Brewer just signed Senate Bill 1238 into law. The legislation allows for a new business category in The Grand Canyon State – Benefit Corporations. Arizona Benefit Corporations: Between Profit Corps. And Non-Profits Arizona’s new business class is perfect for companies that want to be a positive force in their communities –social or environmental, big or small – while at the same time enjoying a healthy bottom line. In the simplest terms, the Arizona benefit corporation is a hybrid of a regular corporation and a charitable organization. Tax Benefits Of An Arizona Benefits Corporation Don’t, however, jump to conclusions and assume using the Arizona benefit corporation classification will save you money in taxes. In fact, on the face it won’t as ...
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Arizona’s Online Impersonation Law

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Are Arizona legislators plotting to steal candies from babies? Candies, in this instance, being parody social media accounts that pump out palliative humor for the people. If state lawmakers wave through House Bill 2004 — a statute that would illegalize impersonating someone on the Internet– the answer to our question could be, “yes.” Pre-filed in December by state representative Michelle Ugenti, HB 2004 seeks to criminalize the act of creating Facebook, Twitter and [insert your favorite social networking site here] accounts under another’s name. Brass tax: a little online clowning could land you in the clink – as in, meet-your-new-cell-mate-Sam-the-Shiv jail-jail. Ugenti’s proposal stipulates that a cause of action is dependent on “a bad faith” intent to harm, but First Amendment watchdogs are leery of the bill’s breadth and the chilling effect it could have on free expression. Proponents of ...
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Facebook Defamation Lawsuit In Arizona: Medical Insurance In The Spotlight

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In Arizona, a Facebook defamation lawsuit is making headlines. Horizon Human Services, a counseling and social services agency based in Payson, is suing a former employee, Gary Austin, for online defamation. The libel claim stems from a posting Austin made on his Facebook wall averring he was let go from his job because of his newborn son’s medical needs. The Facts Of This Facebook Defamation Lawsuit Gary Austin, a former employee of Horizon Human Services, was fired three months after his sickly son was born. Convinced his dismissal was a result of his employer not wanting to cover the insurance costs for his son’s condition, Austin posted the following on Facebook: “The COO of Horizon Human Services, Billie Holliday, was the architect of my termination, and the CEO, Norman Mudd, was the one who executed it. They have fired many ...
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The Arizona Technology Council Endorses Candidates and Ballot Measures for the 2012 Election

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Disclaimer: This article is not an endorsement of any candidate or ballot measure by Kelly / Warner Law, or any Kelly / Warner Law employees. Kelly / Warner is simply reporting on the endorsements made by the Arizona Technology Council. Mark November 6th on your calendar. Why? For starters, it’s the day that the political phone calls and incessant ads will end, and perhaps more importantly, it’s also the day that you get to exercise your right to vote, and have a say about the future of your tech or Internet business. For those interested in voting “Team Tech,” The Arizona Technology Council puts out an annual voter recommendation list of elected-official-hopefuls, which the council feels have demonstrated leadership in bringing about legislation that promotes small-Internet-business growth and growth for tech companies in Arizona. A bi-partisan list, the Arizona Technology ...
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MediaCare: Supreme Court Rules on Media Ownership

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Last month, the United States Supreme Court upheld rules that placed limits on media ownership. The statutes forbade one entity from owning both broadcast outlets and newspapers in local markets. While the rules in place limit ownership of print and broadcast products, websites are still considered a piece of the main media company rather than a medium on its own. Does the Internet Level the Playing Field When It Comes To Media Ownership Regulations? Some believe that the proliferation of the Internet should result in more lenient media ownership rules. Others, however, think that even though the Internet has somewhat leveled the media playing field, broadcast media companies still enjoy certain benefits. Let’s take one small example – legal classifieds. While the rules are slightly different from state to state, most have legislation in place that governs what type of ...
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Online Fantasy Sports Leagues: Are They Legal In Arizona?

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Fantasy sports are a huge deal in the United States. It’s so popular that fantasy sports were the only form of gambling excluded from a 2006 law that made illegal nearly every other type of online gambling in the United States. There are, however, some states whose residents are exempt from participating in national online fantasy sports games — Arizona is one of them. Which raises the question: Are fantasy sports illegal in the state of Arizona? Fantasy Sports Overview Since it hit the scene, fantasy sports have exploded in popularity. According to the most recent statistics, Americans spend over $1 billion a year on a game where we get to play a GM overlord. And the leagues love it, as it creates fantastic marketing and exposure opportunities for teams. Fantasy sports were backed so fiercely by the various professional ...
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