January 22, 2020

The 2010s may be someday viewed as the decade of the plaintiff bar.  Over the last decade there was a deluge of very large damages verdicts.  The well-known McDonald’s coffee spill trial in 1994 which resulted in a $3 million verdict appears reasonable in light of the...

January 16, 2020

Shari Belitz appeared on Michael Insurance Daily, an insurance industry podcast, to discuss how the evolving nature of our juries relates to social inflation and nuclear jury verdicts - Have a listen!

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/evolving-jury-how-it-relates-to...

November 19, 2019

Q: Why is it important to humanize the corporate defendant?

Many jurors view corporations as faceless entities with unlimited resources to compensate plaintiffs.  It is important to humanize a corporate defendant to counter these perceptions.  Humanizing a company invol...

July 29, 2019

What is confirmation bias?

Confirmation bias is the tendency for people to search for, interpret, favor and recall information that confirms their preexisting beliefs.  Conversely, information that supports a different viewpoint is likely to be dismissed or ignored.  Co...

June 10, 2019

Shari Belitz, Esq. was invited to write this guest blog for our e-Discovery, partner BIA

After the close of discovery, it is natural to be thinking ahead to settlement or trial. However, there is an interim strategic step which can be utilized to ensure the best possibl...

May 21, 2019

When deciding a case, juror politics matter. It is clear that liberals and conservatives have very different reactions to political arguments. Someone who is politically conservative is not likely to agree with the political positions of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez while...

April 9, 2019

In recent years, third-party sharing services have become a standard part of a new economy that offer people a platform to share good and services.   As the use of these platforms continues to grow, it permeates our daily lives, with many people using ride sharing, hom...

March 12, 2019

Question: My insured is a property owner/occupier and was sued due to the violent act of a third-party on its property. The emotional impact of the case is high, but my insured has good defenses to liability. How do I determine litigation risk in advance of settlement...

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