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Biases Against the San Francisco Bay Area

Biases Against the San Francisco Bay Area & Silicon Valley Numerous large verdicts against large technology companies have been awarded in venues with very small populations, and a number of those large verdicts were against companies based in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Many of those verdicts were in the Eastern District of Texas, which […]

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Social Media

Bias & Censorship by Social Media Companies

Bias & Censorship by Social Media Companies News coverage of social media companies has focused on Twitter and Facebook’s decisions to ban Donald Trump from using their platforms. Widely viewed as censorship, this has led to strong criticism of Twitter and Facebook. Given media coverage and the politicization of social media platforms, we were curious about […]

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Social Media

Positive & Negative Effects of Social Media in America

Positive & Negative Effects of Social Media in the U.S. Social media companies have been at the center of a years-long firestorm since before the 2016 US Presidential Election. Though the user base for these platforms continues to shrink, millions of users still log on to these platforms per day.  This suggests social media might […]

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Corporate Attitudes, Social Media

Public Opinions of Companies

Companies that are Frequent Targets of Unfair and/or Anticompetitive Behavior About a third of our cases involve large companies – sometimes we’re working with them, sometimes against them. In pretrial research on those cases, we’ve often found that mock jurors with negative views about a company are more likely to render verdicts against that company.  […]

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Consulting, Pandemic Era Attitudes

Five Advantages of Online Mock Trials

Five Advantages of Online Mock Trials In the age of social distancing and Zoom jury trials, many legal professionals have had to adjust the way they work. Many of the research tasks that we used to conduct in person have moved online.  One of the ways we’ve adjusted to the pandemic is by conducting our mock […]

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Consulting, Pandemic Era Attitudes

Four Disadvantages of Online Mock Trials

Four Disadvantages of Online Mock Trials Because of the coronavirus, many of our interactive research activities – like mock trials and focus groups – have switched to an online format. In many ways, the pandemic merely hastened a transition from in-person or analogue ways of conducting research, to an online and digitized medium.  For example, […]

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Pandemic Era Attitudes

Courthouse Safety Protocols for Pandemic Protections

Courthouse Safety Protocols for Pandemic Protections Bonora Rountree conducted a survey in July seeking to understand which safety protocols were most important to potential jurors. The survey included the protocols that are most often used in COVID-19 safety surveys (for example, masks, temperature screenings, wide availability of hand sanitizers) and added two jury-specific safety protocols […]

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