Taylor Swift performs during "The Eras Tour," Monday, Aug. 7, 2023, at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. Photo: Chris Pizzello/AP Taylor Swift performs during “The Eras Tour,” Monday, Aug. 7, 2023, at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. Photo: Chris Pizzello/AP

Outsized verdicts. Nuclear verdicts. Thermonuclear verdicts. 

Whatever you call the upsurge in $10 million-plus damages awards, it’s clearly got the defense bar’s attention. According to data from insurance defense firm Tyson & Mendes, the total amount of such verdicts since January has already topped $8 billion. So litigators Ashley Fetyko and Cayce Lynch, both based in the firm’s San Diego office, looked to an inspired source from some strategies dealing with the phenomenon: Taylor Swift. 


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