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Autozone's Predicament: A $185 Million Punitive Damage Award

The record $185 million punitive damage award by a California jury in November 2014 against AutoZone has been widely reported. This huge verdict raises immediate questions: How did this happen? What circumstances led the jury...more

Friending and Following Jurors: The Ethical Boundaries of Researching Jurors on Social Media

What are the ethical boundaries of an attorney’s internet research of jurors? Before the ubiquity of the internet, an attorney obviously couldn’t walk up to a potential juror in a restaurant and strike up a conversation. But...more

Beware of the possibility that jurors may be tweeting and blogging during trial—ignoring admonitions from the trial judge. One...

Many people cannot control their social media impulses and this is now becoming an issue during trials. Disregarding the court’s instructions that jurors are not to discuss the case with anyone during the trial, there are...more

If You Uncover Potential Juror Bias, Do You Tell The Court? Yes

On the eve of a criminal trial, you decide to Google the names of a few prospective jurors. One appears to have been suspended from the practice of law due to a criminal conviction. The next day at voir dire, however, the...more

Status Updates - July 2014 #14

..Going mainstream. For the first time, both Twitter and Facebook are seeing significant growth in online advertising placed by major companies for brands such as Heineken, Tide, McDonald’s, and Charmin. Major consumer...more

Psychology In the Courtroom - Is Social Science "Common Sense" or a Tool to Correct Juror Misconceptions?

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently issued two decisions regarding the use of social science experts in criminal cases. As noted by University of Pittsburgh law professor David Harris, however, the opinions appear to...more

Do’s and Don’ts of Juror Contact

Not surprisingly, California’s legal ethics rules have a lot to say about how attorneys relate to jurors. Here are 5 do’s and don’ts when it comes to attorney-juror interaction....more

May 2014: Trial Practice Update: Courts, Lawmakers, and Other Groups Grapple with Juror Misuse of Social Media and the Internet

Jurors are expected to decide cases based on evidence they see and hear in the courtroom, after deliberating while sequestered from outside influences. For decades, courts have enforced rules and practices designed to make...more

Are Jurors Entitled to Have a Conscience? #CriminalDefense

Jury nullification occurs whenever a criminal jury’s collective conscience is troubled by what is deemed to be an unjust law or a truly unique set of circumstances that justify ignoring the law. In such rare cases, the jury...more

Conducting Online Research Of Jurors Just Got Less Perilous – Or Did It?

Last week, the American Bar Association’s Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility (“ABA”) gave lawyers the go-ahead to scour jurors’ or potential jurors’ publicly available social-media accounts, blogs, and...more

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