Practice Areas

Commercial & General Civil Litigation

The firm’s commercial litigation experience is varied and includes trial work in state and federal courts. The firm continues to represent publicly traded and privately held corporations in commercial litigation throughout California. Cases handled include complex real estate litigation, multi-party environmental litigation, class action lawsuits, securities, breach of contract, fraud, business torts, libel actions, false advertising and unfair trade practices. The firm also represents directors and officers in many different types of shareholder and third party lawsuits. Tyson & Mendes is committed to meeting the specialized needs of our corporate clients in all types of commercial litigation.



Posts about Commercial & General Civil Litigation

Joint and Several Liability: A California Primer

Date: May 6, 2015

“Joint and several liability” comes into play in a personal injury lawsuit involving negligence causes of action or an intentional tort asserted against multiple defendants. Joint and several liability allows a plaintiff to sue for and recover the full amount of recoverable damages from any defendant, regardless of a particular defendant’s percentage share of fault. […]

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Attorney Fees Pursuant to Contract: Can You Recover Under Your Choice of Law?

Date: May 6, 2015

Congratulations! You just entered into an agreement with another business to purchase its most valuable asset at a discount. Of course, no one anticipates any problems, but, just in case, you feel it is appropriate to draft a contract to memorialize the transaction and establish the duties and obligations of the respective parties. Your business […]

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Time is on Your Side

Date: April 7, 2015

As of January 1, 2013, Code of Civil Procedure Section 2025.290 limits depositions in California cases to seven or fourteen hours. Additionally, the new statute expressly provides that the fourteen hours of total testimony is allowed for expert witnesses, corporate deisgnees, employment cases or matters designated as complex under existing law. However, there is confusion […]

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Court Reverses Ruling on Terminating Sanctions

Date: April 7, 2015

A case can be dismissed for failure to respond to discovery. Such a result is known as terminating discovery sanctions. The case outlined below held the statute requiring mandatory relief for a dismissal due to attorney mistake applies to terminating discovery sanctions. This ruling highlights an appellate court’s views on how drastic a remedy these […]

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2015 Changes to the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure

Date: March 26, 2015

January 1, 2015 brought a variety of changes to the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure, which can have real consequences if they are not closely followed. 2015 Changes to the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure Arizona Rule of Civil Procedure 5(c)(2) was amended to allow service of documents via the electronic court filing system, AZ […]

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Forum Non-Conveniens: Where and When Does This Make Sense?

Date: March 3, 2015

The doctrine of forum non-conveniens has nothing to do with avoiding a bad tour guide in Rome. Though that may provide a more interesting article, the doctrine actually provides a mechanism for a party (or the court) to move a case from one jurisdiction to another, such as another U.S. state or foreign country. Maybe even Italy…

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Enforcing Settlements: How Enforceable is Your Release?

Date: March 3, 2015

What happens when the parties reach a settlement, but one of the parties subsequently refuses to sign it? In a recent ruling, the Court of Appeal confirmed a settlement agreement cannot be enforced under section 664.6 unless it is signed by all of the parties.

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Update: Future Of Ride-Sharing Industry Remains Murky

Date: February 4, 2015

Although some of the challenges facing ride-sharing firms such as Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar have been addressed, regulation remains a serious threat to the business model that has made the startup ride-sharing industry wildly successful in California

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