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How a Negligence Case Against the State of Washington Resulted in a $115 Million Verdict

Author: Mario Yepez

In July of 2020, a jury awarded the largest personal injury verdict ever against the state of Washington. This was a $115 million award to the maternal grandparents of two boys murdered by their father during visitation...

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Leveling the Playing Field: Defense Counsel Used “Honest Fouls” in California and Beat a $16 Million Jury Demand

Author: Mario Yepez

In Bob Tyson’s book titled Nuclear Verdicts: Defending Justice for All, Bob Tyson challenges the defense bar to “[u]se your fouls.” A defense attorney who prefers to play by the books may question what an “honest foul”...

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Top Three Nuclear Verdicts™ in California In 2021

Author: Mario Yepez

Three verdicts have exceeded a gross verdict or award of $1.5 million in 2021. The following article explores these three Nuclear Verdicts™ and what can be done to avoid the nuclear nature of these verdicts...

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Tyson & Mendes Graduates First Trial Academy Class: Civil Litigation and Insurance Defense Firm’s Groundbreaking Course Prepares Attorneys for Future Trials

Author: Mario Yepez

SAN DIEGO (July 28, 2021) – Leading civil litigation and insurance defense firm Tyson & Mendes announced today the graduation of 48 attorneys from an inaugural training program designed to deepen trial skills well beyond anything offered by other law firms...

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California’s Evolving Interpretation of Vicarious Liability

Author: Mario Yepez

Vicarious liability, the doctrine that imposes liability on a party not directly at fault, is one of the most malleable concepts in California law. Most recently, the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Kern County...

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Discovery Abuse May Have Cost Defendant $120 Million

Author: Mario Yepez

When faced with potentially harmful evidence, it is best to accept responsibility and face the situation head on, instead of playing games and trying to hide evidence...

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Giacalone v. MedicWest Ambulance, Inc. – A Nuclear Verdict in Nevada

Author: Mario Yepez

In April of 2021, the Eighth Judicial District of Nevada conducted a civil jury trial that ended with an award of $29.5 million dollars in damages to plaintiff...

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Florida Jury Awards $50 Million in Habitability/Mold Case

Author: Mario Yepez

A Florida jury awarded $48,257,922 to a tenant who lived in an apartment with “toxic” mold for approximately one and a half years. This verdict included $35 million for past and future pain and suffering and $10 million...

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CA Jury Awards Fired Professors $2.4M, Including Punitive Damages, In Wrongful Termination Trial

Author: Mario Yepez

CVN Courtroom View Network – October 5, 2021

Los Angeles, CA - A California state court jury awarded $2.4 million on Thursday to two professors who claimed they were fired from a small Christian nursing school in retaliation for launching an...

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California Appellate Courts Hold Statutory Immunity Bars Treble Damages Claims

Author: Mario Yepez

California enacted Assembly Bill-218 on October 14, 2019, amending Code of Civil Procedure section 340.1.  In doing so, California greatly expanded damages awards available to childhood sexual assault victims, including treble damages...

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