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The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented amount of uncertainty throughout the defense and insurance industries. The global event has changed the way the entire world does business and litigates cases across the country. Looking ahead, businesses can expect lawsuits to arise both directly and indirectly related to the pandemic.

Tyson & Mendes’ COVID-19 Resource Center has all the tools for businesses and their insurers to stay informed on the latest developments impacting their cases, including T&M office updates, court closure information, articles, and webinar offerings related to the ongoing developments. Bookmark this page to easily access the latest developments in civil litigation across our six states.

 

T&M Announcements:

Firmwide COVID-19 Announcement: Here
COVID-19 Accounting Announcement: Here

Court Updates:

T&M COVID-19 Court Updates: Here
Nationwide COVID-19 Court Updates: Here
Statewide Jury Trial Restrictions: Here
**Amended Emergency Rule 9 – California Rules of Court: Here
**New General Order Delaying Trials as Covid-19 Pandemic Continues Unabated: Here

 

COVID-19 Practice Areas:

Employment Claims

 

Kat Lee
Partner
San Diego, CA

Regina Silva
Director of EPL
San Diego, CA

Catastrophic Injury and Wrongful Death Claims

 

Mina Miserlis
Partner
San Diego, CA

Jim Sell
Partner
Northern California

Nursing Home and Medical Liability Claims

 

Mike Coffey
Partner
New York, NY

 

 

Susan Oliver
Partner
San Diego, CA

 

 

Bryan Scholnick
Partner
Seattle, WA

Damian Fletcher
Partner
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

 

 

Jessica Heppenstall
Partner
San Diego, CA

Bad Faith and Coverage Claims 

 

Pat Mendes
Partner
San Diego, CA

Lynn Allen
Partner
Phoenix, AZ

Retail, Restaurant, & Hospitality Claims

 

Kristi Blackwell
Partner
San Diego, CA

Rick Somes
Partner
Orange County, CA

Professional Liability and E&O Claims

 

Dan Fallon
Partner
San Diego, CA

D&O and Cyber Claims

 

Robert Modica
Partner
New York, NY

Public Entity Claims

 

Susan Oliver
Partner
San Diego, CA

COVID-19 Articles:

The Wave of Recent COVID-19 Litigation and Trends to Watch For

Author: Rachel Donnelly | April 2, 2021 9:00am
California recently passed the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 stay at home order. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected lives in different ways. Employees who regularly worked in an office now work from home. Restaurant chains open for years have shut their doors for good as they could no longer turn a profit. COVID-19 has also affected litigation. It was unclear what types of suits would result from the pandemic. However, a year into this unforeseen global epidemic, we now have a better idea of the types of lawsuits which will be filed. This article explores recent news involving COVID-19 litigation throughout the United States in an effort to achieve a better understanding of how litigation has changed.

The Effect of COVID-19 on The Music Industry and Recent Case Law

Author: Robert Bernstein | April 2, 2021 9:00am
While the streaming of recorded music remains healthy, live music venues, musicians, and those who support them have been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Restaurants may survive by offering food to go and in some instances outdoor seating, but a concert cannot be packaged to take home, and it is not practical to perform outdoors for small groups, even when weather and noise are not concerns. Following are summaries of two recent music industry decisions, one a win for an insurer and one a win for a concertgoer. A third ongoing case involving a dispute with an insurer over a cancelled music tour is also discussed.

Does Government Suspension of Onsite Dining Trigger Business Interruption Loss Coverage

Author: Cheryl Wilson | April 2, 2021 9:00am
It depends. Even though the world may be in crisis, a written contract continues to provide a certain measure of stability. In Nevada, restaurants ceased on-site dining due to a quarantine mandate in March 2020 and restaurants continue to limit the number of guests to this day. Hundreds of businesses suddenly could no longer serve guests in Las Vegas. While it hurt those businesses, a recent decision by U.S. District Court clearly shows, even in a pandemic, the policy language of a contract controls what is covered, and courts will not bend the language due to COVID-19.

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