Attitudes about Lawsuits & Damages, Consulting, Corporate Personhood & Responsibility

“Collective Knowledge” of a Corporation

The Concept of Collective Knowledge The issue of whether a corporation’s conduct is “knowing” is often an important step in determining whether a corporation can be found guilty of criminal conduct.  But how does a corporation “know” something?  While this concept is sometimes difficult to discern for individuals, it is extremely complicated when the defendant […]

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Attitudes about Lawsuits & Damages, Consulting, Corporate Personhood & Responsibility

In Their Own Words: Jurors’ Opinions of “Collective Knowledge”

After asking jurors about their understanding of, and agreement with, the Collective Knowledge jury instruction, we asked them to explain, in their own words, what the instruction meant to them.  The instruction read as follows: The knowledge obtained by corporate employees acting within the scope of their employment is imputed to the corporation. Accordingly, if […]

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