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Sexual Abuse, Assault, & Molestation

Sexual Abuse, Assault, & Molestation

Tyson & Mendes defends entities in which sexual abuse, assault, and/or molestation (SAM) is alleged. Attorneys in the SAM group represent schools, sports leagues, non-profit organizations, youth serving organizations, public entities and more. The firm handles some of the nation’s most sensitive, high-profile litigation with continued success.

Susan Oliver heads the SAM team where she has handled over 250 SAM cases and regularly speaks at conferences about the unique issues the defense faces in these cases. Tyson & Mendes understands the especially tense, high-stakes nature of this litigation, and provides clients with the consistent, responsive, and caring service needed to deliver outstanding results.

Sex Abuse Articles:

Attacking the Recovery of Treble Damages Against Public Entities in California Childhood Sexual Assault Cases

Author: Katie Greenbaum | April 10, 2020 4:14pm
On January 1, 2020, amendments to California Code of Civil Procedure Section 340.1 went into effect, extending the statute of limitations in childhood sexual assault cases until the date the plaintiff turns 40, or until five years after the plaintiff discovers the connection between the abuse and psychological injury, whichever occurs later. Additionally, the bill does have a retroactive provision, meaning currently pending cases and cases that would...

Tyson & Mendes Wins Sexual Abuse Case with Motion for Summary Judgment in Favor of School District: Los Angeles Judge Finds Elementary School District Not Negligent in Hire or Supervision of Former Employee

February 19, 2020 3:28pm
LOS ANGELES (February 10, 2020) – Marking another victory for nationwide civil defense firm Tyson & Mendes LLP, a motion for summary judgment has been granted by Hon. Deidre Hill in favor of an elementary school district in Los Angeles, which was being sued for the unlawful sexual acts of a former employee.

Breaking Down New York’s Child Victims Act

Author: Harry Harrison | September 30, 2019 10:00am
In New York, 2019 has brought sweeping changes to the time limits applicable to matters arising from childhood sexual abuse. Through what is commonly known as the Child Victims Act (“CVA”), legal action for childhood sexual abuse will be available for longer periods of time and many civil cases previously barred by the passage of time may now be pursued by individuals alleging abuse suffered as children. New York is no longer one of the most...

California Case Law Update

Author: Emily Berman | March 4, 2019 9:00am
Westport Insurance Corp. v. California Casualty Management Co.[1] California’s Ninth Circuit recently affirmed that an excess insurer for a California school district had to cover $2.6 million of the total $15.8 million settlement paid by the primary insurer to resolve a case involving three former students’ claims of sexual abuse, finding that the lower court had properly apportioned the settlement between the two insurance carriers.

Disability Harassment in the Workplace Lands $500K Jury Verdict for Mimicking and Mocking an Employee’s Stutter

Author: Jeremy Freedman | August 6, 2018 9:00am
In many workplace harassment cases, it is often difficult to gather evidence or produce witnesses to testify regarding instances of harassment for a number of reasons. Often, the harassing conduct may take place in private and is undocumented. Where the offending conduct is witnessed by others, social pressure and fear of retaliation for testifying against an employer exacerbate the challenges in obtaining evidence. 

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