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News | 01/08/2024

Third Annual Nuclear Verdicts Defense Institute Announced for July 18-21 in San Diego: Leading Defense Firm Tyson & Mendes Offers Competitors Intensive Trial Academy Focused on Driving Down Damages

SAN DIEGO (Jan 8, 2024) – Aiming to end the surge of skyrocketing jury verdicts across the country, nationwide civil litigation and insurance defense firm Tyson & Mendes LLP announced its third annual Nuclear Verdicts Defense Institute will take place July 18-21, 2024, at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. The Nuclear Verdicts Defense … Read More

News | 01/05/2024

Tyson & Mendes Saved the Insurance Industry More Than $679 Million in 2023: Nationwide Insurance and Civil Litigation Defense Firm Saves Clients Nearly $3 Billion in Four Years

  SAN DIEGO (January 5, 2024) – Tyson & Mendes LLP, one of the nation’s fastest-growing insurance and civil litigation defense firms, saved its insurance industry and self-insured clients $679.9 million in aggregate damages claims in 2023, bringing the firm’s savings results for clients to nearly $3 billion in just four years. The firm defines … Read More

News | 12/20/2023

Nuclear Verdicts®: Year-End Trends and Looking Forward

Features: Bob Tyson   Daily Journal – December 8, 2023 In 2023, we saw Nuclear Verdicts® delivered every single day in courtrooms across the country. They are trending up, both in frequency and severity. A Nuclear Verdict® is typically defined as a jury award of $100 million or more… Read More | Download     … Read More

News | 11/06/2023

Podcast Feature – Unraveling Social Inflation and the Hidden Forces Behind Nuclear Verdicts with Chris Schon, Partner at Tyson & Mendes

Features: Christopher Schon   Buzzsprout – October 10, 2023 In this episode of the Private Client Risk and Resilience podcast, host Kurt Thoennessen discusses social inflation, nuclear verdicts, and their impact on the private client space. He is joined by special guest Chris Schon, a partner at the law firm Tyson and Mendes in San … Read More

Insights | 10/20/2023

Taylor Swift’s 13 Takeaways to Stop Nuclear Verdicts®

By Cayce Lynch and Ashley Paige Fetyko

Authors: Cayce E. Lynch and Ashley Paige Fetyko   We recently had the privilege of delivering a webinar to more than 500 attendees on how to stop Nuclear Verdicts® with Taylor Swift lyrics. Just kidding! We wish it was that simple. We did, however, spend two hours diving into the Nuclear Verdicts® Defense Methods through … Read More

Insights | 10/20/2023

The Shocking Reality of Jury Opinions (They’re Not in Our Favor, But We Can Change That)

Author: Stephen Haynes

Author: Stephen Haynes   Insurance companies and their counsel are all too aware of the proliferation of multimillion-dollar verdicts, and even Nuclear Verdicts®, across the nation in the post-pandemic era. Why? What has changed? Besides the obvious workplace changes and renewed emphasis on quality of life driving decision making, we need to ask ourselves, “Have juror … Read More

Insights | 10/20/2023

California Jury Awards 24-Year-Old Man $18.8 Million in Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Trial

Author: Brandon Kerr

Author: Brandon Kerr   What Happened After a six-week trial, a California state court jury awarded $18.8 million to a 24-year-old man who alleged he developed cancer (mesothelioma) from exposure to asbestos in Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based baby powder.[i] The jury heard plaintiff’s mother testify she used large amounts of J&J’s baby powder on her … Read More

Insights | 08/22/2023

5 New Ways to Evaluate Cases in Light of Skyrocketing Social Inflation

Author: Rob Olson   Social inflation is a term originally coined by Warren Buffett, referring to the increase of insurance claims payouts and rising costs resulting from Nuclear Verdicts®.[i] California has long been considered a hotbed for social inflation due to its large population, high litigation rates, and plaintiff-friendly legal environment.[ii] In recent years, the … Read More

Insights | 08/22/2023

Fighting a Nuclear War in The Trucking Industry

Author: Edward R. Leonard     Nuclear Verdicts® continue to climb in severity and frequency, increasing by 27.5% over 10 years.[1] In the trucking industry, the average value of a verdict above $1 million has increased from $2.3 million to $22.3 million between 2010 to 2018.[2] Many businesses and defense attorneys have been left wondering … Read More

News | 03/06/2023

Second Annual Nuclear Verdicts Defense Institute

Attorney At Law Magazine

Seeking to put an end to the surge of skyrocketing jury verdicts across the country, nationwide civil litigation and insurance defense firm Tyson & Mendes LLP announced its second annual Nuclear Verdicts Defense Institute will take place June 8-11, 2023, at the InterContinental San Diego.…

News | 02/28/2023

Second Annual Nuclear Verdicts Defense Institute Set for June 8-11 in San Diego: Leading Litigation Defense Firm Tyson & Mendes Offers Competitors Intensive Trial Academy Focused on Driving Down Damages

Press Release

Seeking to put an end to the surge of skyrocketing jury verdicts across the country, nationwide civil litigation and insurance defense firm Tyson & Mendes LLP announced today its second annual Nuclear Verdicts Defense Institute will take place June 8-11, 2023 at the InterContinental San Diego.

Insights | 10/14/2022

Runaway Verdicts: Reversing The Trend

Property Casualty 360

What happens when you mix major damages, a large corporation, a denial (or half acceptance) of fault, and an angry jury that wants to send a strong message? In the courtroom, the result just might be a colossal verdict. Such judgments that defy precedent and logic have been blamed for crippling business owners…

Insights | 08/10/2022

I Registered The Term Nuclear Verdicts® – Here’s Why

Carrier Management

Plaintiffs’ California dreamin’ became a reality when a Los Angeles jury went nuclear with a verdict of $464.6 million after an eight-week trial in June. The verdict included $24.6 million in compensatory damages and a staggering $440 million in punitive damages…

Insights | 08/01/2022

Viewpoint: Jury Blasts Defense with a $464.5 Million Nuclear Verdict

Claims Journal

Plaintiffs’ California dreamin’ became a reality when a Los Angeles jury went nuclear with a verdict of $464.6 million after an eight-week trial in June. The verdict included $24.6 million in compensatory damages and a staggering $440 million in punitive damages…

Insights | 07/21/2022

When Non-Economic Damages Pack a Real Economic Wallop

Law.com

In part two of our conversation with Bob Tyson of Tyson & Mendes about defending against nuclear verdicts, we hone in the root of many high dollar damages awards: non-economic damages…

News | 06/27/2022

Inaugural Nuclear Verdicts Defense Institute

University of San Diego

University of San Diego (USD) School of Law Director of Development, Debbie Rider, ’84 (JD), shared Dean Robert A. Schapiro’s congratulations to defense attorneys who participated in Tyson & Mendes’ inaugural Nuclear Verdicts Defense Institute held at the U.S. Grant June 23-26, 2022. Civil defense attorneys engaged in three full-days of rigorous and groundbreaking training for designed to elevate trial techniques, litigation tactics, and jury strategies—to level the playing field and provide for equal justice for all litigants…

Insights | 04/22/2022

Teach Defense Lawyers How to Humanize Your Insureds

Carrier Management

Insurance carriers, are you and your defense counsel ready for the “perfect storm” of litigation that is coming once the pandemic is over? Are your teams trained to defend against the increasing wave of nuclear verdicts—jury verdicts of $10 million or more, or those in which non-economic damage…

News | 03/14/2022

Inaugural Nuclear Verdicts Defense Institute Announced: First and Only Trial Academy for Civil Defense Attorneys Set for June 23-26 in San Diego

Press Release

The inaugural Nuclear Verdicts Defense Institute will take place June 23-26, 2022, in San Diego, led by an esteemed faculty of legal defense experts, including top trial attorneys, a specialist in jury psychology, and a certified faculty member for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and professor at the University of San Diego School of Law.