Jury Finds Cos. Don’t Owe Boy In $23M Farm Pesticide Suit
Law360, New York (July 12, 2017, 7:50 PM EDT)
A California jury on Wednesday sided with three companies in a toxic tort trial, rejecting a mother’s claims for $23 million in damages due to her son’s alleged in utero exposure to chemicals when she worked on a berry farm, a defendant’s law firm said.
Bob Tyson and Cayce Greiner Speaking at ACIC General Counsel Seminar
California Jury Verdicts You Need to Know – Limiting High Exposure Cases at Trial
This presentation dissects the risk and exposure presented in real-life Employment, Professional Liability, and Catastrophic Loss jury trials. Attendees will be challenged with the facts of high risk cases and analyze what a jury did with these facts and why. Special attention will be given to the development of themes before and during trial, as well as how to handle non-economic damage claims in these three cases. Participants will leave this session with takeaways of how to partner with defense counsel and discuss key issues before and during trial to avoid runaway jury verdicts.
New York High Court Declines to Extend Coverage to Additional Insured who was the Sole Cause of the Accident Giving Rise to the Claim
Requiring a subcontractor to name an owner and prime contractor as “additional insureds” under the subcontractor’s liability policy is a common method to transfer risk on a construction project. When a subcontractor comes onto a project, an owner and prime contractor are potentially exposed to liability risks for that subcontractor's negligence and additional insured endorsements represent a way to apportion these risks. The rationale is to make the party with the most control over the risk responsible for suffering the financial loss should it fail to prevent the loss.