President Obama recently signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act, which allows companies to file civil lawsuits for trade secret violations under federal law. Before the law, companies could only file civil cases under various state laws, with the new federal law bringing uniformity to the system. Attorney Kim Warshawsky of Ballard Spahr will tell us more about the new law.
Maricopa County is in danger of losing millions of dollars in federal funding because of repeated violations for dust in the air. Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Director Benjamin Grumbles explains the situation.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio discusses a Washington hearing that focused on local law enforcement’s role in enforcing immigration law. He also talks about the U.S. Attorney General's investigation into possible civil rights violations in his department.
The Arizona attorney general filed a consumer fraud lawsuit against two major retailers: Wal-Mart and AutoZone. They are charged with intentionally defrauding customers by posting inaccurate product prices, or not posting prices at all. The state's consumer fraud act carries stiff penalties, $10 thousand per violation. Hundreds of violations were found by the State Department of Weights And Measures. The companies could face millions in fines.
Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas joins Michael Grant to talk about topics including attorney staffing issues in his office, identity theft, green swimming pool code violations, and the decision not to prosecute Sgt. Patrick Haab, an army reservist who held seven undocumented immigrants at gunpoint at an Arizona rest stop in April.