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In addition to the Howell v. Hamilton Meats California Supreme Court victory, Tyson & Mendes attorneys have played a role in some of the country’s top insurance defense cases, with high profile results including:

 

Defense Verdict: $22 Million Demanded in Closing

Following a 5-week jury trial, a San Francisco County jury on April 18, 2019, found an airport shuttle service and one of its drivers not liable for injuries the plaintiff alleged he suffered while riding on an airport shuttle. Attorneys in Tyson & Mendes’s Northern California office, Partner Jim Sell and Senior Counsel Brian Johnson, represented the two defendants and secured a full defense verdict in a case in which the injured plaintiff sought $22 million in damages.

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Northern California Partner Jim Sell
Senior Counsel Brian Johnson

Defense Verdict in Child Brain Injury Case

A San Bernardino County jury on April 10, 2019, found Chino Hills Ford not liable for a serious car accident which allegedly caused seizures to a child. Tyson & Mendes attorneys Kristi Blackwell and Christopher Schon represented Chino Hills Ford and secured a full defense verdict in which the injured plaintiff sought more than $7.4 million in damages.

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San Diego Partner Kristi Blackwell
Associate Chris Schon

Defense Verdict in Accounting Malpractice Case

A California Superior Court jury found accountant Roy Hosaka and his firm, Hosaka Nagel & Co., not liable in a $2 million malpractice case. Tyson & Mendes attorneys Dan Fallon and Garry McCarthy represented Mr. Hosaka and Hosaka Nagel & Co. in the high-stakes professional malpractice case, which alleged fraudulent nondisclosure and breach of fiduciary duty.

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San Diego Partner Dan Fallon
Senior Counsel Garry McCarthy

Doctor Not Liable in Medical Malpractice Wrongful Death Trial

After a 3-week trial, a California Superior Court jury in San Bernardino has found a physician in Upland, Calif. not liable in a $1.7 million medical malpractice case. Tyson & Mendes attorneys Susan Oliver and Jennifer Lowis represented Dr. Mark L. Alwan in the high stakes case, which alleged wrongful death and professional negligence.

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San Diego Partner Susan Oliver
Senior Counsel Jennifer Lowis

Defense Verdict in $36 Million Product Liability Trial

Following an eight-day trial, a Los Angeles County Superior Court jury ruled in favor of the defense on October 5, 2018 – awarding a full defense verdict versus the $36 million requested by a plaintiff injured at a Costco Warehouse in Van Nuys, California. Partner Kevin Place and Senior Counsel Marsha Yasuda successfully defended Sun Products.

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Los Angeles Partner Kevin Place
Senior Counsel Marsha Yasuda

$125 Million Summary Judgment Win: Ruling Upheld

A San Diego appellate court upheld on Sept. 11, 2018 a judgment in favor of Carlsbad’s Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, which was being blamed for the devastating 2014 Poinsettia fire. Tyson & Mendes attorneys Susan OliverDana Furman, and Jessica Heppenstall were able to prove the plaintiff, Axis Insurance, did not have evidence that Omni Hotels caused the massive and unrelenting wildfire.

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San Diego Partner Susan Oliver
Senior Counsel Jessica Heppenstall (now Partner)
Senior Counsel Dana Furman

Admitted Liability: Millions Saved in Premises Liability Case

In July 2018, a Los Angeles Jury returned a fraction of the plaintiff’s demand in an admitted liability injury case. Tyson & Mendes successfully defended a Santa Monica Bar when a customer was injured after falling backward off a barstool. Partner Kevin Place, along with Tyson & Mendes Senior Counsel Marsha Yasuda, represented Copa d’Oro, a popular upscale cocktail lounge near the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. While admitting liability on behalf of their client, they were also able to prove that the plaintiff’s original demands were excessive.

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Los Angeles Partner Kevin Place
Senior Counsel Marsha Yasuda

Tyson & Mendes Secures Defense Verdict in $10 Million Child Burn Injury Case

After a two-week federal trial, a San Diego jury found children’s clothing manufacturer Schwab Company, Inc. not liable for a minor’s injuries after one of its alleged shirts caught fire while the child was playing with a cigarette lighter. Tyson & Mendes Managing Partner Robert Tyson and San Diego Partner Kristi Blackwell represented Schwab against plaintiff’s attorneys John Gomez and Raymond Boucher, who demanded $10 million in damages after additional defendants Macy’s and Ralph Lauren settled for hundreds of thousands of dollars before trial.

San Diego Partner Bob Tyson
San Diego Partner Kristi Blackwell

Jury Awards $26,775 in Possible $34 Million Admitted Liability TBI Trial

Partners Bob TysonMina Miserlis, and Jim Sell obtained a jury verdict less than 0.1 percent of plaintiff’s demand at trial. The plaintiffs, a 69-year-old software programmer and his wife, sought approximately $34 million in damages arising out of a rear-end motor vehicle accident that occurred on U.S. Highway 101 in San Rafael, California. The plaintiff claimed he suffered a traumatic brain injury, among other injuries, which interfered with his ability to invent and develop software, and prevented him from completing a mobile phone application for TV evangelist and megachurch Joel Osteen Ministries. Defendants admitted liability but disputed the cause, extent, and severity of all injuries and damages claimed by the plaintiffs. After a 21-day trial, the Marin County jury awarded the plaintiff $26,775 in total damages and awarded his wife $0 for her loss of consortium claim.

San Diego Partner Bob Tyson
San Diego Partner Mina Miserlis
Northern California Partner Jim Sell

Dreyer Receives $389,000 Instead of Demanded $6 Million

Partners Jim Sell and Bob Tyson defeated one of the most well-known plaintiff’s attorneys in California, Roger Dreyer of Dreyer Babich. Dreyer sought $6 million in this admitted liability, three-week jury trial in Napa, California. The plaintiff’s counsel asked the jury to award almost $2 million in past and future medical expenses for back and neck surgeries the plaintiff underwent and would need in the future. The lowest settlement demand just before trial was $4 million. The jury returned a verdict of only $389,000, and the plaintiff was found 40 percent at fault.

Northern California Partner Jim Sell
San Diego Partner Bob Tyson

Jury Awards $355,000 For Brain Damage and Multiple Neck Surgeries

Partners Mina Miserlis and Bob Tyson won a 5-week long jury trial in Ventura County in which plaintiff sought damages for brain damage and two neck surgeries associated with an automobile incident. The plaintiff’s counsel asked the jury to award just under $7 million. Partner Mina Miserlis asked for $362,000. The carrier had offered $1.8 million in a CCP 998 Offer to Compromise before Tyson & Mendes’ Complex Trial Team was parachuted in for the trial. The jury ultimately returned a verdict of just $355,000. After expert fees and expenses are deducted for beating the defense’s CCP 998 Offer, the plaintiff ultimately owed the defendant expert costs and court fees.

San Diego Partner Mina Miserlis
San Diego Partner Bob Tyson

MSJ Granted: Client Saves $100 Million

Tyson & Mendes won a motion for summary judgment on behalf of a Southern California golf resort, on which a wildfire started and ultimately caused $100 million in damage to neighboring commercial and residential properties. Partner Susan Oliver won the summary judgment motion in San Diego County.

San Diego Partner Susan Oliver

Tyson & Mendes Brought in at Trial, Prompting Panish Firm to Settle a Fraction of Demand

The Complex Trial Team at Tyson & Mendes was parachuted in shortly before trial to defend a multi-million-dollar jury case against the most famous lawyer in California, Brian Panish. This adverse liability, traumatic brain injury case settled for only 6 percent of the plaintiff’s last demand before Tyson & Mendes was brought in as trial counsel. Why the number one plaintiff’s law firm in California would settle an adverse liability, traumatic brain injury case for less than $1 million when its demand was $15 million, may never be known. What is known is the trial team of Partners Mina Miserlis and Bob Tyson were prepared to start the six-week jury trial the next day when the Panish firm settled this case with the insurance carrier.

San Diego Partner Mina Miserlis
San Diego Partner Bob Tyson

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