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Don’t beat around the bush

A Point of View

Melissa Pigott, Ph.D.

On December 27, 2016

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I approach life, and dealing with people, in a direct manner. Some people, in fact, might describe me as terse or abrupt. I do not intend to be rude when interacting with others; I am just fond of getting to the point, as quickly as possible and by using as few words to do so […]

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Another View

David H. Fauss, M.S.M.

On December 27, 2016

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It is interesting to observe communications styles.  Melissa describes hers well, and perhaps because of her, I have learned to become more direct in the past 30 years since we met.  But, it is also my experience as a photographer that trained me to be direct, to ensure that my human photographic subjects are portrayed, […]

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Crazy Mock Juror Story #4: In the Keys, wear shoes if you please

A Point of View

Melissa Pigott, Ph.D.

On December 13, 2016

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My work as a trial consultant has taken me to many places. When people ask me where I have worked, I always say, “I’ve worked almost everywhere from Alaska to the Virgin Islands.” When it comes to traveling for work, I’ve been there and done that. This being said, my home state of Florida has […]

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Another View

David H. Fauss, M.S.M.

On December 13, 2016

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I missed this one when it happened, and it wasn’t because I was in Key West at the beach!  But, it is apropos of the Keys to have barefoot mock jurors.  I don’t know if it is still the case, but lawyers regularly handled matters in court in Key West in short sleeves and with […]

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Reality check – Defendant

A Point of View

David H. Fauss, M.S.M.

On October 20, 2016

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I previously wrote about how mock jury, mock mediation, or mock arbitration research provides a “reality check” to plaintiffs. It does the same thing for defendants, whether they are the actual party, the company, or the insurance company/adjuster. Many years ago, a defense lawyer told me, “I think the case is worth $X, the client […]

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Melissa Pigott, Ph.D.

On October 20, 2016

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When someone is a defendant in a lawsuit, there is often the tendency to take things personally, particularly when one is being accused of negligence, professional malpractice, fraud, conspiracy, etc.  Just as plaintiffs often over value their cases, defendants often under value their cases, believing the plaintiff is exaggerating an injury, has a baseless claim […]

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Reality check – Plaintiff

A Point of View

David H. Fauss, M.S.M.

On October 13, 2016

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A not so secret secret is that plaintiffs in civil litigation often overestimate the value of their case. We have heard, many times, from our attorney clients that their clients often expect them to be able to resolve their case for many times more than what it is “worth.” Sometimes these expectations are based on […]

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Another View

Melissa Pigott, Ph.D.

On October 13, 2016

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All of the cases in which I have been involved as a trial consultant are important cases involving serious matters. There has never, ever been an attorney who contacted me for assistance in a simple matter, a frivolous lawsuit, or a small claims court case. All of the personal injury cases I have worked on […]

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