What’s on Employees’ Minds? Employee Rights, Pay, & Government Regulation

May 19th, 2017|Litigation Insights|

Most jurors are employed, either as contractors, employees, or self-employed.  What are their workplace concerns these days?  Do they feel protected?  Do they believe their pay is fair? Understanding how jurors’ employment needs and concerns have changed (or not changed) is critical in assessing the risks in your employment litigation.  Will jurors identify with the […] The post What’s on Employees’ Minds? Employee Rights, Pay, & Government Regulation appeared first on Litigation Insights.

The appeal of the dangerous woman and more things you should want to know about women

May 19th, 2017|The Jury Room (Keene Trial Consulting)|

One of the most common internet searches that brings people to our blog is “women who stalk” and we intermittently receive emails from men who say they have been belittled by the police for reporting a female stalker. They wonder if we can somehow help them. (No. We cannot. We typically refer them back to law enforcement in their area.) Dangerous women are apparently intensely interesting and intensely frightening, as we’ve seen by the number of visits to our posts on women who murder or commit other violent crimes. Female cannibals “frighten and fascinate” We will start with the most

Avoid the Telltale Signs of Pretext

May 18th, 2017|Persuasive Litigator (Persuasion Strategies)|

By Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm:  Why did President Trump fire FBI Director James Comey? As of press time for this blog post, the answer is that it depends on who you ask and what day, and sometimes what time of day, you ask them. A detailed timeline from the New York Times focuses on the shifting rationale, but the broad outline is that on Tuesday, May 9th, the surprise termination letter said the reason was to "restore public trust and confidence" in the FBI, and referenced that the President had accepted the recommendation of  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who grounded the advice in Comey's poor

Alternative Venue Research

May 18th, 2017|2's Company - Magnus Insights|

In a prior post which I initiated, I wrote about how not to do jury research. That post was prompted by a call from a prospective client who wanted to hire us, but wanted to specify every aspect of the research, but all of those approaches were wrong in our estimation. Specifically, he wanted the research done for this case in his, and our, home venue in SE Florida. But, the case was not being tried in SE Florida. It was in a large venue, 4 hours away on the central west coast of Florida – a very different place.

What a Great “Hot Seat Operator” Can Add to a Trial Team

May 18th, 2017|The Litigation Consulting Report (A2L Consulting)|

by Tony KlapperManaging Director, Litigation ConsultingA2L Consulting In these pages, we have discussed from time to time the role of the “hot seat operator” or “trial tech,” the person who is tasked at trial with ensuring that the visual presentations go off without a hitch, enabling the trial team to tell its story smoothly and effectively. The job requires almost supernatural calm under intense pressure, an understanding of the essence of a trial, superb computer skills, and the ability to improvise when needed. It’s one of those jobs that, if it is done perfectly, the tech’s presence is never noticed.

Talking Bull, Episode Twenty Two, A Real Jury Consultant Watches a Fictional One

May 17th, 2017|DOAR|

Roy Futterman, Ph.D. In the twenty second edition of his weekly column in Law360, DOAR’s real-life New York City Jury Consultant and Psychologist reviews the fictional NYC Jury Consultant/Psychologist on the television series “Bull,” focusing on what litigation is really like in the trenches. [Spoiler Alert]…         After a full season of ethically challenged behavior, Bull and his team spend an episode pondering the morality behind what they do. Why, this should be the most intriguing hour of television since — nope, then they stalk, bug and arrest their own client. The Case of the Unsavory Client