Roy Futterman adds insight to PCWorld article as Apple and Samsung head back to court.
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Following the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, whistleblower lawsuits are on the rise. The Securities and Exchange Commission now has an Office of the Whistleblower, including a special section for whistleblowing about Residential Mortgage Backed Securities, which has been giving out multi-million dollar awards to people who have exposed securities-related fraud. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has a whistleblower program, as does the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Internal Revenue Service.
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As a component of our constant effort to track and monitor jurors’ attitudes toward key issues affecting our clients, DOAR Litigation Consulting recently conducted its own research into Manhattan jurors’ views of financial institutions. As the economy begins to emerge from the financial crisis, and we move temporally farther from it, we began to consider whether juror attitudes toward financial institutions and fraud allegations against them would change. To measure attitudes using a timely issue, we chose to study juror attitudes about financial fraud and their reactions...Read Full Article >
Attorneys often ask whether they should do focus groups or a mock trial; many may see them as interchangeable. And, while both pre-trial research methods can be useful, they do serve different purposes. Focus groups are better at a more preliminary stage in the development of the case, when themes are being identified and their relative strengths are unknown. Indeed, the reactions of focus group members to broad-based presentations of themes can help to hone and refine them. Focus group members’ perceptions of the themes, and their...Read Full Article >