Exploring the Defense Arsenal: How to attack inflated damages in professional malpractice and catastrophic injury cases

Author: Daniel Fallon

CLM – September 10, 2018

With the rising costs of medical, rehabilitation, and long-term care, the increase in special damages can be exponentially impactful to jury verdicts and settlements. The gross exposure from cases not only affects carriers, but also creates concerns for policyholders relative to policy limits, premiums, and professional reputations.

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Court Upholds Judgment in Favor of Omni La Costa Resort & Spa

Club & Resort Business – September 19, 2018

The Carlsbad, Calif. property was targeted in a suit by Axis Insurance to try to recover $125 million paid out in claims after the devastating 2014 Poinsettia fire. The suit blamed resort management for causing the fire, which is believed to have started in native vegetation near a concrete cart path close to the seventh fairway of one of LaCosta’s golf courses. The Poinsettia Fire was the second most destructive of the 2014 San Diego County wildfires, causing a fatality in addition to extensive property damage.

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San Diego Appellate Court Rules in Favor of Omni Resort

SD Metro – September 14, 2018

A San Diego appellate court has upheld a judgment in favor of Carlsbad’s Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, which was being blamed for the devastating 2014 Poinsettia fire. The ruling in Axis Insurance Company v. Omni Hotels Management was upheld in a 2-1 decision by a three-judge panel of the 4th District Court of Appeal.

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Tyson & Mendes is the 33rd Fastest Growing Private Company in San Diego

San Diego Business Journal – July 19, 2018

The San Diego Business Journal has announced this year’s list of the fastest growing companies in the region. This year the Journal’s annual Fastest-Growing Private Companies list highlights 100 organizations whose aspirations have taken them to a level of success that has put them in regional, national and global spotlights.

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Law Firm Readies for Role In Age of Autonomous Cars

San Diego Business Journal – May 13, 2018

San Diego-based Tyson & Mendes has created a task force to examine legal questions and liability lawsuits likely to stem from crashes involving autonomous vehicles. Defending companies that insure and manufacture driverless cars has great potential for law firms, Managing Partner Bob Tyson said. “The issue becomes who is at fault,” he said.

— Embracing an emerging field of law, the Tyson & Mendes civil litigation firm has launched a practice aimed at defending the insurers and manufacturers of self-driving cars…

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