No. CV-96-0345-CQ.

188 Ariz. 380 (1997)

936 P.2d 1274

Mary H. YSLAVA, as Special Administrator of the Estate of Benita G. Yslava, deceased, Plaintiff, v. HUGHES AIRCRAFT COMPANY, a Delaware corporation, Defendant. HUGHES AIRCRAFT COMPANY, Third-Party Plaintiff, v. CITY OF TUCSON, Tucson Airport Authority, McDonnell Douglas Corporation, and General Dynamics Corporation, Third-Party Defendants. Jo Ann LANIER, a single woman, and Diego Edwardo Lozano, a single man, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs, v. HUGHES AIRCRAFT COMPANY, Defendant. HUGHES AIRCRAFT COMPANY, Third-Party Plaintiff, v. CITY OF TUCSON, et al., Third-Party Defendants.

Supreme Court of Arizona, En Banc.

April 30, 1997.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Law Office of Sheldon Lazarow by Sheldon Lazarow, Tucson, Robert A. Bonn, Attorney-At-Law by Robert A. Bonn, Tucson, and Cohen Milstein Hausfeld & Toll, P.L.L.C. by Herbert E. Milstein, Anthony Z. Roisman, Richard S. Lewis, Washington, DC, for Plaintiffs.

Kirkland & Ellis by Jeffrey S. Davidson, Andrew B. Clubok, Washington, DC, Butler & Stein by A. Bates Butler, III, Tucson, Featherstone & Shea by Bruce A. Featherstone, John DeSisto, Denver, CO, Petrie, Bauer & Vriesman, LLP by Todd L. Vriesman, Denver, CO, for Defendant Hughes Aircraft Company.

Teilborg, Sanders & Parks, P.C. by James A. Teilborg, Mark G. Worischeck, Keith R. Bevan, James D. Smith, Phoenix, for City of Tucson.

Adler, Murphy & McQuillen by James F. Murphy, John H. Mullan, Chicago, IL, Doyle & Appel, P.C. by Walter Grochowski, Phoenix, and Anderson, Kill & Olick by David A. Paige, Tucson, for Tucson Airport Authority.

DeConcini, McDonald, Brammer, Yetwin & Lacy by David C. Anson, Tucson, and McKenna & Cuneo, L.L.P. by Herbert Fenster, Tami Lyn Azorsky, Washington, DC, for General Dynamics Corporation.

Jones, Skelton & Hochuli by Kevin D. Neal, James J. Osborne, Phoenix, and McDonnell Douglas Corporation by Dan Summers, Assistant General Counsel, St. Louis, MO, for McDonnell Douglas Corporation.

O'Connor Cavanagh Anderson Killingsworth & Beshears P.A. by Christopher Robbins, Phoenix, for Amicus Curiae Arizona Association of Defense Counsel.

City of Phoenix by Roderick G. McDougall, Phoenix City Attorney, Craig J. Reece, Assistant City Attorney, Phoenix, for Amicus Curiae City of Phoenix.

Gallagher & Kennedy by David P. Kimball, III, Phoenix, for Amicus Curiae Arizona Chamber of Commerce.

Osborn Maledon P.A. by David G. Campbell, Diane M. Johnsen, Clark M. Porter, Joan S. Burke, Phoenix, and Dalton Gotto Samson & Kilgard by Shane R. Swindle, Phoenix, for Amicus Curiae Components Incorporated/Corning Incorporated/Alliedsignal.

Treon Strick Lucia & Aguirre by Richard T. Treon, Anthony R. Lucia, Sharon G. Slifko, Cindy H. Strickland, Phoenix, Goldberg Persky Jennings & White, P.C. by Robert J. Jennings, Jr., Craig Vandergrift, David B. Rodes, Pittsburgh, PA, Thomas W. Henderson by Thomas W. Henderson, Pittsburgh, PA, Robbins & Green P.A. by Philip A. Robbins, Sarah N. McGiffert, Alfred W. Ricciardi, Phoenix, and Law Offices of David Dannacher by David P. Dannacher, Phoenix, for Amicus Curiae plaintiffs in Baker v. Motorola and Lofgren v. Motorola.

David F. Zoll, Vice President and General Counsel, Chemical Manufacturers Association, Arlington, VA, for Amicus Curiae Chemical Manufacturers Association.

Allen & Price, P.L.C. by Robert E.B. Allen, Charles S. Price, Phoenix, for Amicus Curiae plaintiffs in McIntire v. Motorola.


JONES, Vice Chief Justice.

We are asked by the United States District Court for the District of Arizona to decide a question of Arizona law under certification procedures pursuant to Rule 27, Arizona Rules of the Supreme Court. This court has jurisdiction under Arizona Constitution article VI, section 5(6), Arizona Revised Statutes section 12-1861, and Rule 27.

The certified question was stated as follows:

In 1987, the Arizona Legislature...

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