How do deception expectations affect negotiations? Online Jury Research Update

August 5th, 2022|ComCon (Kathy Kellermann Communication Consulting)|

Opportunities for deception are common in negotiations, and expectations about negotiation deception matter. Mason and colleagues (2018) conducted eight studies on negotiation deception. Five studies identified the nature of negotiators' expectations about negotiation deception. Three studies tested how negotiators' expectations about others' ethical practices influence negotiators' own decisions to be deceptive or honest in negotiations....

Are defendants more often found liable with general or special verdict forms? Online Jury Research Update

July 24th, 2022|ComCon (Kathy Kellermann Communication Consulting)|

Using a general versus specific verdict form can affect the liability decision made by a jury. Schmidt and Diamond (1998) examined the effect of verdict forms on liability judgments in a products liability case. Jurors given a general verdict form were nearly twice as likely to favor the plaintiff as those with the special verdict form....Burd (2018) explored how liability decisions are influenced by the type of verdict form used and the necessity to justify the liability verdict in a defamation case....

Fronting Money for Clients

July 14th, 2022|2's Company - Magnus Insights|

One thing we learned the hard way, many years ago, is that advancing money on behalf a client is risky. On one of our first cases, we were given the verbal go ahead by an associate level attorney whose boss had told him to do so. We were very excited to work with this attorney, whom we had known for about 2 years. He was an interesting guy, a successful plaintiff’s lawyer, and we’d talked directly with him about the case. I wrote a check to our jury recruiter, advancing the up front cost to the recruiter on behalf of

The Online Courtroom: Hybrid and Remote Trial Considerations — PART 3 (Look at Me!)

July 11th, 2022|Trial Technology|

 Bad Hair Day, Messy Hotel Room DayNOTE: This series will cover what happened, how we've adjusted, where we are now, and where we're headed. We will also offer numerous tips, tricks, and best practices for hybrid and remote trials.When is the last time you joined a Zoom meeting, only to realize the total disaster you were displaying to everyone? Maybe you're having a bad hair day, messy background day, or even a sun-suddenly-broke-through-the-clouds-and-started-blazing-in-through-the-window-directly-behind-you-as-soon-as-you-turned-on-your-webcam-day. Hey, things happen. But -- many of these little disasters are actually preventable.You might already know there are settings you can use to allow or prevent your webcam

When does juror exposure to negative pre-trial publicity affect deliberations? Online Jury Research Update

July 11th, 2022|ComCon (Kathy Kellermann Communication Consulting)|

Pre-trial publicity (PTP) related to a case often is both sided and slanted, emphasizing primarily negative information in an unbalanced manner about either the defendant or the injured party. Ruva and Guenther (2017) examined how juries made up of jurors exposed to various types of negative pre-trial publicity differ in their deliberations and decision-making from juries comprised of jurors exposed either to no PTP or only one type of PTP....