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Blog Posts in 2013

  • ROC Revamps Complaint Process

    Arizona's Registrar of Contractors (ROC) announced a new Complaint process that should result in improvements for most Arizona contractors. The new policy reflects sweeping changes to the ROC's handling of complaints. Complaints will no longer be "complainant driven", and instead the ROC will be determining what complaints merit further regulatory attention and the possibility of license ...
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    Pending changes at the Registrar of Contractors are set to significantly alter administrative hearings - and could lead to more suspensions and revocations. For years, the ROC’s process forced complainants to carry their own burden of proof. At hearings, contractors without legal representation were at least placed on a level playing field with complainants. That could be about to change. The ...
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    The Registrar of Contractors Licensing Department will apparently no longer be providing prospective applicants with pre-license application reviews. The pre-application reviews permitted those interested in obtaining a license with a helpful forecast of issues they would face if formally applying for a license. With pre-application reviews now off the table, it is even more important for ...
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    ARIZONA SUPREME COURT PERMITS MORE CLAIMS AGAINST CONTRACTORS August 2013 - In an opinion released last week, the Arizona Supreme Court expanded the types of claims that homeowners may bring against contractors for construction defects. In Sullivan v. Pulte Home Corporation, the Supreme Court limited application of the Economic Loss Rule to cases where homeowners have a contract directly with the ...
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  • Increased Regulation Threatens For-Profit Education

    For-profit post-secondary education is quickly becoming one of the most regulated industries in America. Nowhere is that trend more true than in student bankruptcies. When a current or former student files for bankruptcy protection, federal law often requires a for-profit educational institution to simultaneously take and desist from action, to both move and stand still. Understanding those ...
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  • Adam Decker Featured in 2013 SuperLawyers Publication

    Adam Decker was featured in the 2013 Super Lawyers' Publication when asked, "What's the best piece of advice you ever received?" See his response.
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  • Mark Hanson Speaks at Conference on Public Private Partnerships

    Firm Partner Mark Hanson was recently selected by the Alliance for Construction Excellence (ACE) to speak at its conference, "Public Private Partnerships for the Public Good". ACE is a non-profit founded by Arizona State University, and exists to improve the quality of construction and the effectiveness of the construction industry in delivering the next generation of schools, highways, and ...
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  • Michael Schern Receives "AV" Rating; Adam Decker Selected By Southwest Super Lawyers

    Schern Richardson Finter Decker congratulates Michael Schern for receiving an " AV Rating," the highest rating given through Martindale Hubble's® Peer Review Ratings System. That rating comes from a survey of fellow attorneys and judges. Schern Richardson Finter Decker also congratulates Adam Decker, who is also AV Rated, for being selected for for the Thomson Reuters' 2013 list of Southwest Super ...
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  • Finter Decker, PLLC and Schern Richardson, PLC, form Schern Richardson Finter Decker, PLC

    Adam Decker and Aaron Finter of Finter Decker, PLLC, and Michael Schern and Mark Hanson of Schern Richardson, are pleased to announce the formation of Schern Richardson Finter Decker, PLC. We are thrilled by this opportunity as we continue to maintain a sharp focus on Real Estate, Business, and Construction Law for our clients.
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  • Commercial Short Sale Transactions - A Smoother Path to Approval

    Residential short-sale transactions have been commonplace in Arizona for at least the last six years. Many homeowners that have sought to short sale their residential properties have expressed a great deal of frustration. This frustration has been caused by: (1) the length of time it has taken to obtain approval from the lender; (2) the lenders' repeated requests for the same financial information ...
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