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Center files lawsuit to stop Legislature's Raid of Foreclosure Crisis Trust Fund

On May 24, 2012, the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest, along with the Morris Institute of Justice, filed a lawsuit in Maricopa County Superior Court seeking to stop the legislature's raid on the Court Ordered Trust Fund established to benefit Arizona homeowners as part of the National Mortgage Foreclosure Settlement. 

Consumer Rights

Agreement Reached in Mental Health Care Case

At a press conference on May 17, 2012, Governor Jan Brewer announced a proposed Agreement in the Arnold v. Sarn case regarding State-supported care and services for individuals with Serious Mental Illness.  The agreement, which must be approved by the Court, would last two years.  During that time, the State and plaintiffs will build upon the accepted framework for services and recovery.“Persons with Serious Mental Illness and their families suffered significant cuts in necessary services during the State’s recent economic downturn,” said Center attorney Anne Ronan, who represents the plaintiffs in this case. “This agreement is a significant step to restoring critical community-based services designed to promote class members’ recovery and their integration in the community.” The Court has scheduled a hearing for June 14, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. to determine whether the Agreement is fair and reasonable.

Health Care

ACC Approves Plan to Reduce Air Pollutants in the Four Corners Area

On April 18, 2012, the Arizona Corporation Commission authorized a plan that provides for a sustainable transition towards a cleaner energy supply for one of the largest sources of pollution in the country – the Four Corners Power Plant.  The ACC authorized Arizona Public Service Company, Arizona’s largest investor-owned electric utility, to undertake a transaction that will enable retirement of three aging coal-fired units. Taken together, these units are one of the largest sources of air pollutions in the Southwest. The Four Corners Power Plant is currently the largest source of nitrogen oxide (NOx) pollution in the country, emitting about 39,000 tons of NOx each year.  These pollutants are linked to respiratory ailments and a host of other medical problems, and mar some of the most spectacular vistas in the West. The Center represented Western Resource Advocates and the Environmental Defense Fund in the proceedings.  They provided testimony on the environmental, public health and economic benefits of the plan.