Las Vegas, Nevada (August 17, 2022) – Nationwide civil and litigation defense firm Tyson & Mendes LLP announced it obtained a defense verdict on all claims for insurer American Family in a trial in Las Vegas, in which a pair of homeowners asserted against a homeowners association and its management company retaliation, fraud, intentional infliction of emotional distress, breach of contract, breach of good faith and fair dealing covenant, violation of the Fair Debt Collections Act, and civil conspiracy (Rigg v. Silver Crossing HOA, et al).
Plaintiffs Susan and William Rigg, homeowners in the Silver Crossing community, sued the Silver Crossing Homeowners Association, its board president Dan Cowan, the HOA’s management company, and the management company’s manager Lance Kallfeltz. Tyson & Mendes represented American Family as the HOA’s insurer. The Riggs alleged the defendants committed fraud and retaliated against them by serving them bogus violation notices, assessing bogus fines, and distributing defamatory information about the Riggs on YouTube. The Riggs asserted eight causes of action, demanding over $500,000 in general damages and an additional $1 million in punitive damages.
Prior to trial, Tyson & Mendes was successful in getting the intentional infliction of emotional distress claim dismissed. After plaintiffs rested their case, Tyson & Mendes Senior Counsels Christopher Lund and Jessica West moved for and were granted a directed verdict to four of the asserted claims. Additionally at that time, the Court granted a directed verdict on all claims against Board President Dan Cowan. On August 2, 2022, the jury returned a verdict on all remaining claims, finding in favor of the defendants.
Lund and West applied themes of responsibility, reasonableness, and common sense throughout the trial.
“We gave the jury a defense number rooted in common sense which was particularly compelling for them as they asked multiple questions about that number,” said Lund. “We know giving a defense number early and often through all stages of trial helps the jury see a more reasonable path to justice for all.”
Tyson & Mendes has spent 20 years protecting its clients’ interests and delivering justice both inside and outside the courtroom. The firm has established itself as a leader in driving down damages awards and reducing the likelihood of Nuclear Verdicts® – often defined as jury awards in excess of $10 million. Using a unique set of proven defense methods, the firm saved clients more than $667 million in 2021, and $418 million thus far in 2022.
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About Tyson & Mendes LLP
Celebrating 20 years of taking back justice for all, Tyson & Mendes LLP is a nationwide, AV-rated litigation and trial firm specializing in insurance defense and protecting its clients from Nuclear Verdicts®. Robert Tyson and Patrick Mendes founded the firm in 2002 to defend corporations, insurance companies, and their clients in civil litigation matters. The firm has experienced tremendous growth in the past two decades, with offices across the U.S. serving clients in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin.
The firm is most widely recognized for winning the landmark Howell v. Hamilton Meats California Supreme Court case, which forever changed the state’s litigation landscape by significantly impacting the damages a plaintiff may recover. Robert Tyson is also the author of the Amazon Bestseller Nuclear Verdicts®: Defending Justice for All, the first playbook for the defense on how to avoid runaway jury verdicts. For more information, visit www.tysonmendes.com.
Ashley Bendas, J. Walcher Communications