Tyson & Mendes Spring Event Recap

Author: Cayce E. Greiner

On May 11, 2017, the Tyson & Mendes’ Women’s Initiative held an engaging and thought-provoking luncheon entitled, “The Confident Woman: Living a Better Balanced and Healthier Life.” Tyson & Mendes then hosted our spring California Annual Legal Update at the Ritz Carlton, Battery Park in New York City.

Howell Update: Another Victory for Defendants

Author: Cayce E. Greiner, Katie Greenbaum

Last week the California Court of Appeal issued another huge victory to defendants by extending the reach of the landmark California Supreme Court Howell v. Hamilton Meats case to include future medical benefits under the Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act (“ACA”).  In 2011, Howell sent shock waves through the insurance industry when the Court examined the “billed vs. paid” rule and concluded an injured plaintiff is limited to recovering the discounted amount private health insurance pays on their behalf for as past medical damages, not the inflated amount medical providers bill health insurance companies for their services.  (Howell v. Hamilton Meats & Provisions, Inc. (2011) 52 Cal.4th 541.)  In 2013, the California Court of Appeal extended Howell‘s “paid” rule to apply to future medical expenses and noneconomic damages.  (Cornenbaum v. Lampkin (2013) 215 Cal.App.4th 1308, 1331-1333.)

The Confident Woman: Living a Better Balanced and Healthier Life

Author: Cayce E. Greiner

On March 2, 2017, the Tyson & Mendes’ Women’s Initiative held an engaging and thought-provoking event entitled, “The Confident Woman: Living a Better Balanced and Healthier Life.” At this event, co-sponsored with the Lawyer’s Club of San Diego and San Diego Association of Corporate Counsel, Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz discussed ideas from her book The Confident Woman and the impact of societal pressures on women’s confidence and health. Ms. Hansen Shaevitz provided valuable insight, helpful advice, and useful suggestions for dealing with these pressures in our everyday lives as legal and insurance professionals.

Tyson & Mendes Young Professionals: Tips for Overcoming the Millennial Stereotype

Author: Cayce E. Greiner

Tyson & Mendes is proud to announce the formation of our new Young Professionals Group to support the personal and professional growth of our young attorneys and clients. 

To kick off our YP Group, we surveyed TM attorneys of all generations for their best tips to overcome the millennial stereotype.  The responses shared common themes – work hard, be prepared, and be patient.

Another Open Door for Lawsuits: Supreme Court Issues Plaintiff-Friendly Decision in Federal Employment Discrimination Case

Author: Cayce E. Greiner, Susan Oliver

The United States Supreme Court recently held the 45-day period from which a federal employee is required to contact the Equal Employment Opportunity counselor begins to run on the date of the employee’s resignation under a Title VII constructive discharge claim. This 7-1 procedural ruling in Green v. Brennan, 578 U.S. ___ (2016), is plaintiff-friendly and may allow more employees to file discrimination lawsuits.

The Reptile Strikes Again: Lessons Learned from the $55M Emotional Distress Jury Verdict Awarded to Erin Andrews

Author: Cayce E. Greiner, Leslie Price

While hindsight is always 20/20, important lessons stem from this jury trial which apply to cases across the country. This article assesses the Andrews trial and provides four “lessons” for businesses, insurance professionals, and defense counsel to avoid runaway jury verdicts: (1) Spot and Slay the Reptile; (2) Accept Responsibility for Something; (3) Always Give a Number, Even When Seeking a Defense Verdict; and (4) Proceed Delicately.

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