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14. Another plaintiff was Brynn Foust D’Avello,
and another defendant was Jennifer Wilson.
15. Another defendant was Jennifer Jacobs.
Quintiliani filed a motion for judgment as
a matter of law and new trial that was denied, and has filed a notice of appeal that is
16. Debbie Castillo was also a plaintiff.
17. Lloyd Whorl was also plaintiff, and Cori
Jones and Scottsdale Emergency Associates
Ltd. were other defendants.
18. Other defendants were the State of Arizona,
Pima County Sheriff’s Department, and
19. 358 P.3d 632 (Ariz. Ct. App. 2015). Other
plaintiffs were Jaynes’ children Seren Janes
and Isaac Ruiz. Another defendant was
Elizabeth McConnell, M.D., PLC.
20. 347 P.3d 1141 (Ariz. 2015). Other plaintiffs were Michael and Diana Glazer’s minor
children Lindsay and David Glazer.
21. SUPERIOR COURT OF ARIZONA FOR MARICOPA
COUNTY, Fiscal Report ‘ 15, at 8-9.
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to show that the road design was not an unreasonably dangerous hazard. The court concluded the fact that traffic patterns
have changed and speed limits have been increased since the
road was built in 1967 does not require the state to upgrade
the roads. All Arizona need do, the court concluded, is provide
“adequate warning’” of the dangers, which the court found
that it did not do.
Five of the top- 10 2014 verdicts have pending appeals that are in
progress. Two of 2014’s significant defense verdicts have pending
• The top verdicts for 2015 were significantly higher than in
recent years. The verdicts at the top end were the highest seen
in Arizona since about 2008-2009.
• The number of verdicts continues to decline. Based on the
number of verdicts reported, the number of Arizona cases that
are tried all the way to verdict has been steadily declining since
2009. Just over the past year, the number of trials dropped 17
percent. In 2015, 25 percent fewer trials went to verdict than
only five years ago. New civil case filings in Maricopa County
are also down by 48 percent over the last five years. 21
• Medical malpractice verdicts for plaintiffs have become
more common in Arizona, and larger in amount. This spike
started three years ago, and the trend continues.
• As compared to Maricopa County, counties with fewer residents and on the outer geographical parts of Arizona lean
more conservatively and tend to return defense verdicts or
plaintiff’s verdicts that are relatively lower.
• Punitive damages remain rare and are generally given by
Arizona juries only when they are presented with aggravating or extreme facts.
• Over the past 12 years, the average percentage chance of
a plaintiff winning at trial in all types of civil cases is 56
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