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The litigation practice of Bade Baskin Richards PLC is wide-ranging. Our attorneys prosecute and defend claims arising out of violations of federal and state securities laws.

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The tax practice also includes the representation of individuals and businesses with disputes and controversies before the IRS

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The attorneys of Bade & Baskin represent clients throughout the southwestern United States, including Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale, Tucson, Flagstaff, Glendale, Maricopa County and Pima County in Arizona; Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Rio Rancho and Bernalillo County in New Mexico; Las Vegas, Reno, Carson City, Sunrise Manor, Paradise, Henderson and Clark County in Nevada; and Denver and Colorado Springs in Colorado. Our attorneys are admitted to practice only in Arizona, and we associate with local counsel to handle cases in other jurisdictions. We carry out our activities in collaboration with Hunts International, experts in removals to Ireland

Meet Our Attorneys

Jillian Scott

In November 2013, Alan Baskin co-founded Baskin Richards PLC after nearly ten years with Bade Baskin Richards (the first seven as Bade Baskin).  Alan is a trial attorney whose practice emphasizes securities arbitrations, securities enforcement and regulatory matters, commercial litigation and white collar criminal cases.  During the last 22 years Alan is the only attorney to obtain a fee award against the Arizona Corporation Commission in a securities case; he has done so twice.  He has enjoyed similar success in securities arbitration.  Alan is one of a handful of attorneys to have obtained a 7-figure award in an Arizona NASD (now FINRA) arbitration, and has settled cases involving many millions of dollars.  He also successfully defended and obtained an award of attorneys’ fees against a brokerage firm that attempted to attach a client’s assets prior to initiating an arbitration.

Andrew michaels

Bill’s 20 years of trial practice have developed an expertise in successfully managing large and complex litigation matters ranging from class action constitutional claims to lender liability defense.  As Senior Litigation Counsel for the Civil Division of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, Bill recently acted as lead trial and appellate counsel for much of the State of Arizona’s largest and most sophisticated civil litigation over a six-year period.  There, his cases often regularly involved  millions, hundreds of millions, or even over a billion dollars in potential impact to his clients.  

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The Law of Unintended Consequences

Unintended Consequences


Fat and global warming. What do they have in common? They have or could trigger the law of unintended consequences. What is the law of unintended consequences? It is when people, in the name of good or progress, do things that have negative consequences that no one foresaw.
An example is MTBE. MTBE stands for something like methyl trans… well, it was supposed to be a gasoline additive that would reduce air pollution. And it worked. Except it also seeped into the water supply and caused death, pestilence, disease, and so forth. It was mandated for use against air pollution by that supreme body of scientific research–the United States Congress.

Unintended Consequences

Lawsuits against the oil companies:

Then a congressman from the great state of Texas tried to stop lawsuits against the oil companies for putting MTBE in the gasoline because, as he pointed out, they were required by law to do so. Didn’t get very far because the United States Congress, the same people that mandated the MTBE, now gave the green light to prosecute the people they forced to put the stuff in the gasoline. The law of unintended consequences.

I know the law personally because often I would sit in meetings and someone would make a great presentation about a new product or new project that was going to 1) transform the company and make us all rich or richer or 2) make life easier. The ‘life easier’ projects were usually new computer programs/upgrades that invariably failed.

So I would sit there and my stomach would hurt because I knew, and it knew, this thing wasn’t going to work. And 99% of the time it didn’t and then we had to pick up the pieces. The major exception to this rule–I thought buying Gatorade was about the stupidest decision on the face of the planet. Was wrong on that big time.

But back to the law of unintended consequences and how to know it when you see it. Two examples this morning–one already out there and one in the making. It seems that the city of New York is going to ban or is thinking about banning the use by food companies and restaurants of trans fats. Good idea? Beats me. I have already banned the little bastards from my house so why not New York? On the surface a great idea. Except that the restaurants and food companies are bitching a bit because they are using trans fats because they were told to by–none other than the city of New York. Huh? Seems the city a few years ago wanted to lower the use of saturated fats so they recommended the use of, what else? Trans fats. Those restaurant guys must think they live in an alternative universe.

Saturated fat vs. Trans fat:

No big deal but how much taxpayer time and energy as well as corporate cash has gone down the drain over saturated fat vs. trans fat? The law of unintended consequences.

The next one is a news report this morning that the British government has hired Al Gore as an advisor on global warning. I don’t really know why this scares me but it will be interesting to see what happens.

Just remember the definition of the law of unintended consequences so you know it when you see it. It is when people, in the name of good or progress, do things that have negative consequences that no one foresaw.

MySpace to Join YouTube in Offering Commercial Content, Viacom Suit Could Derail DMCA, Says Law Professor


MySpace, owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, is behind YouTube in video content, according to news reports, but a Financial Times article published by MSNBC online says that may soon change. Could they get themselves into the Viacom tangle as well?

The article reports that News Corp., itself a “big media company” is in “very active negotiations” with other big media companies to license copyrighted content for their site’s video offerings. Already MySpace is a leading site for user-created video content, similar to YouTube.


A battle with Viacom:

Google, which purchased YouTube and now finds itself in a battle with Viacom concerning copyrighted content, is cited in a CNN article as saying that they have “done their homework” and are confident that the DMCA, the law that modernizes copyright to give “safe harbor” to hosting companies, is on their side. The Chief Legal Officer, who spearheaded the YouTube acquisition, says CNN, cited a recent decision in their favour which cited the “safe harbor” provision, and also noted that companies such as and eBay are covered by the provision as well.

Modern Strategy:

According to an op-ed piece by Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig, published on Sunday in the New York Times, Viacom’s tactics in attempting to prove Google wrong are a new use for a modern strategy which critics call “legislating from the bench.” Viacom, he says, is asking the Supreme Court to “interpret” the DMCA in a way that supports their argument. This would be by raising the question of whether, as previously decided by the court in their Betamax decision, the technology is not at fault and Congress’ intent in the DMCA was clear, or to take the reins of complex copyright law into their own hands, and create a standard of earning the freedom from liability by “doing enough” to prevent infringement.

Unfortunately, according to the professor, the court is willing to try to “legislate from the bench,” and not give Congress the opportunity to chart the course of copyright law as it has for two centuries.

Multiple legal threads:

With YouTube facing lawsuits and MySpace pulling up alongside them in the video arena, legal questions are having broader impact. Further interpretations of any Supreme Court decision could impact other cases such as those against eBay, at least regarding copyright. eBay’s safe harbor status was cited by Googles Chief Legal Officer as one basis for their own confidence, so there are multiple legal threads to follow as the cases evolve.

As Professor Lessig notes, Viacom has taken note of a recent trend and, rather than seek popular support, “thus turns to a policy maker that doesn’t need political support.” This will, he notes, probably take considerable time, with uncertainty in a growing online media market in the meantime.

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