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Stop Nuclear Verdicts: Compensate Like Plaintiff Lawyers

Author: Robert Tyson

Advisen – March 22, 2021

Here is a question for insurers: You are in the business of managing risk, but what have you and your defense counsel done differently in the last decade to manage or stop nuclear verdicts?

The risk is real. Jury verdicts of $10 million or more have exploded over the last 10 to 15 years. The number of $100 million jury verdicts, and even billion-dollar verdicts, are also on the rise. But for the most part, insurers and their defense counsels have yet to do anything meaningful to lower the risk of such verdicts.

This has to stop. And insurance companies can stop nuclear verdicts, today.

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Court Summarily Cancels DirecTV Subscriber’s NJ RICO Claim

Featured: Robert Modica, Tina Ma

Law360 – January 20, 2021

A New York law firm on Wednesday escaped a beauty salon owner’s New Jersey Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act claim over an alleged plot to extort money from her over purportedly unauthorized DirecTV services, with a New Jersey federal judge saying the woman didn’t pay anything to the firm.

The Signal Auditing defendants are represented by Robert Modica and Tina C. Ma of Tyson & Mendes LLP.

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Can CRE Landlords Be Held Liable for COVID-19 Exposures?

Featured: Rob Olson

Millionacres – January 19, 2021

Rob Olson is senior counsel in San Diego with Tyson & Mendes, a litigation firm that specializes in insurance defense. He said:

“The first question in evaluating a lawsuit over COVID exposure: Where did the plaintiff allege they were exposed? If it was at work, in a tenant’s office space, then it is outside the property owners’ control. But if the plaintiff alleges that they were exposed in a common area, then the property owner may not easily get out of the lawsuit.”

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These Firms Have The Most Women In Equity Partnerships

Law360.com – October 19, 2020

At most U.S. law firms, equity partners are still overwhelmingly male, but women at some firms are starting to shake up that reality and smash the glass ceiling that has prevented them from advancing to the uppermost ranks. Tyson & Mendes is the number one ceiling smasher among law firms with 101-250 attorneys with the highest representation of women in their equity partnerships.

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How do you make your workplace culture into one that will be embraced?

Featured: Cayce E. Lynch

ABA Journal – October 1, 2020

Cayce Lynch, the San Diego-based administrative partner for civil defense firm Tyson & Mendes, says the company culture there was defined organically the moment the two founders decided to start their own firm. But the firm now includes more than 300 employees, and they’ve had to add various structural elements to support its growth and inclusiveness.

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Containing Nuclear Verdicts: Preparing for Success in New York Labor Law Claims

Author: Mike Coffey

Claims Magazine – September, 2020

New York has experienced an explosion of nuclear verdicts in Labor Law jury trials in the last few years. In 2015, the average payout of a neck/back injury came in just under $3.8 million, while a traumatic brain injury received around $5 million, according to VerdictSearch. Skip ahead just a few short years, and by 2019, the average neck/back injury was awarded $6.8 million at trial, while brain injuries skyrocketed to over $27 million. What is happening out there?

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