Combating Plaintiff Reptile Tactics in Class Action and Mass Tort Litigation: Transforming Perception of the Company

Preparing Deponents and Witnesses, Conducting Voir Dire, Opening and Closing Arguments, and Direct and Cross-Exam

A live 90-minute CLE webinar with interactive Q&A


Thursday, May 18, 2017
1:00pm-2:30pm EDT, 10:00am-11:30am PDT

Early Registration Discount Deadline, Friday, April 28, 2017


This CLE webinar will provide guidance to class action and mass tort defense litigators on combating the emerging trial strategy commonly known as the “reptile theory.” The panel will discuss the increased use of reptilian tactics by plaintiffs’ attorneys throughout the life of the case and how defense counsel can strategically confront the strategy.

Description

The trial strategy known as “reptile theory” is an innovative approach that is steadily gaining traction among the plaintiffs’ bar. The theory promotes the use of trial tactics that appeal to the region of jurors’ brains that is sensitive to safety as a tactic to win cases and recover sizable verdicts.

Proponents of the reptile theory claim that the theory is responsible for over $6 billion in jury verdicts, including a jury verdict of $50 million in a wrongful death case.

Reptilian-type tactics are showing up throughout each phase of litigation, including discovery, opening statement, direct- and cross-examination, and closing argument. Defense attorneys must understand how to identify and combat reptilian tactics.

Listen as our authoritative panel of litigators discusses the growing use of tactics described as reptilian in litigation and how class action and mass tort defense counsel can challenge these tactics throughout the course of the case to increase the company’s chances of success.

Outline

  1. Reptilian tactics in litigation—history of theory and current trends in its use
  2. Defense strategies—from discovery through closing argument

Benefits

The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What is the underlying basis for the strategy often described as reptilian?
  • How are plaintiffs’ attorneys leveraging so-called reptile tactics to influence jurors’ view of their cases?
  • How can defense attorneys counter the increasing use of reptilian tactics?

Faculty

Angeline N. Ioannou, Managing Partner
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, Hartford, Conn.

Ms. Ioannou is a member of the Firm's Healthcare Practice. She has more than 15 years of litigation experience and focuses her practice on health care matters, with an extensive background defending professional malpractice claims on behalf of nursing homes, physicians, and nurses. Her background also includes defending complex tort and commercial liability claims involving wrongful death and catastrophic injuries. In addition to her health care practice, she also represents insurance carriers, product manufacturers, and global retail and restaurant chains in a broad range of civil litigation involving contract disputes, general tort matters, indemnification issues, product liability claims, and wrongful death under Connecticut’s Dram Shop Act.  

J. Richard Moore, Shareholder
Bleeke Dillon Crandall, Indianapolis

Mr. Moore focuses his practice on liability claims, defending individuals and businesses and assisting clients in the development of strategic solutions to legal disputes and litigation risks. He defends professional liability claims against physicians, nurses, long-term care providers, architects, engineers, and attorneys; advises and represents businesses and insurers regarding large property losses, catastrophic casualty claims, complex insurance coverage questions, fraud and bad faith; and assists in the resolution of a variety of business and commercial disputes.

Melissa L. Loberg, Ph.D., Litigation Consultant
Courtroom Sciences, Tampa, Fla.

Dr. Loberg applies her expertise in research methodology to the planning and implementation of focus group and mock trial studies, as well as the development and analysis of jury supplemental questionnaires and post-verdict juror interviews. Additionally, she applies her training and education in Clinical Psychology to the preparation of witnesses in anticipation of both deposition and trial.She provides CLEs to attorneys regarding ways to defeat the plaintiff Reptile theory, effective use of jury supplemental questionnaires, the ability of mock trial research to inform settlement decisions, and neuropsychological approaches in witness training.


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