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JSH Attorneys Prevailed By Motion To Dismiss In Professional Negligence Matter

Posted Tuesday February 28, 2017

PHOENIX, AZ (February 28, 2017) – On behalf of their clients, Dr. Michael Bauer and Dr. Denis Furr, Jeremy Johnson, Heather Bushor and Justin Ackerman of  Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, prevailed on two motions to dismiss in a multi-million dollar professional liability negligence matter pending in Arizona Superior Court, Maricopa County. Thirty-five Plaintiffs sued Drs. Bauer and Furr (and 13 other defendants) for their role in a “body broker” scheme where it was alleged they mishandled and illegally sold the remains of Plaintiffs’ deceased loved ones.   Defendants claimed that the Arizona plaintiffs were barred from suing them in Arizona based on lack of personal jurisdiction with the State of Arizona. This was premised on the fact that Drs. Furr and Bauer, who worked out of an Illinois facility, had no connection or involvement with any Arizona body donors. After oral argument, Judge Dawn Bergin held the first motion to dismiss in abeyance and allowed Plaintiffs leave to amend their complaint.  Plaintiffs amended their complaint and alleged additional facts that Dr. Bauer was the alter ego of an Arizona corporation and could be sued in Arizona. After a second motion to dismiss on jurisdiction was filed, Judge Bergin granted the motion.  Jones Skelton was the only firm to prevail on a motion to dismiss despite similar motions being filed by three other defendants.   

Partner Jeremy Johnson practices trucking/transportation defense, product liability defense, and premises liability defense. He is admitted to practice in Arizona state and federal courts as well as the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of DRI's trucking and product liability groups.

Associate Heather Bushor has been practicing law for 8 years. Her general liability and insurance defense practice is comprised of hospitality, dram shop, employment, construction defect, product liability, premises liability and retail defense matters. In 2015, Ms. Bushor was recognized by Super Lawyers as a Southwest Rising Star.

Associate Justin Ackerman graduated as the Valedictorian of his class from Arizona Summit Law School, Mr. Ackerman worked as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Michael J. Brown in Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals. Mr. Ackerman was also awarded ten CALI awards for receiving the highest grade in a class during his time at Arizona Summit Law School and had his law review article selected for publication.

Jones, Skelton & Hochuli is one of the largest and most experienced defense trial law firms in Arizona. Having been in business for 34 years, the firm specializes in trial practice; insurance coverage; defense of corporations; self-insureds; governmental entities and insurance carriers. For additional information please call 602.263.1798.

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