Combating Plaintiffs' Reptilian Tactics in Commercial Vehicle, Premises Liability, Products Liability and Med Mal Cases

Responding to Reptile Techniques During Discovery and Deposition

*** An encore presentation featuring live Q&A ***

A 90-minute CLE webinar with interactive Q&A


Tuesday, October 10, 2017
1:00pm-2:30pm EDT, 10:00am-11:30am PDT

Early Registration Discount Deadline, Friday, September 22, 2017


This CLE webinar will provide guidance to litigators for recognizing and combating the trial strategy commonly known as the “reptile theory” in commercial vehicle accident, premises liability and medical malpractice cases. The panel will discuss the increased use of reptilian tactics by plaintiffs’ attorneys and how defense counsel can strategically confront the strategy.

Description

The innovative trial strategy known as the “reptile theory” 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.

Reptilian tactics are showing up throughout each phase of litigation. Defense attorneys must understand how to identify when reptilian tactics are being used and strategies for combating them.

Listen as our authoritative panel discusses the growing use of tactics described as reptilian in commercial vehicle accident, premises liability and medical malpractice litigation, and how defense counsel can challenge these tactics to increase their client’s chances of success.

Outline

  1. Reptilian tactics in litigation—explanation of theory and current trends in its use
  2. Defense strategies during discovery and depositions

Benefits

The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What is the underlying basis for the strategy known as the “reptile theory?”
  • How are plaintiffs’ attorneys leveraging reptile tactics in their cases?
  • How can defense attorneys counter the increasing use of reptilian tactics?

This is an encore presentation with live Q&A.

Faculty

Jedidiah M. Bernstein
Hinshaw & Culbertson, New York

Mr. Bernstein focuses his practice on defending manufacturers, suppliers and distributors against product liability claims. He defends companies located internationally and in the United States against a wide range of personal injury and property damage claims. He has successfully defended clients against allegations of manufacturing and design defects, strict liability, failure to warn and breach of warranties. He also litigates class-action lawsuits arising from products subject to national and international recalls. He co-authored an article on defending against the reptile theory, published in The Transportation Lawyer.

Beth C. Boggs, Managing Partner
Boggs Avellino Lach & Boggs, Olivette, Mo.

Ms. Boggs concentrates her practice in civil litigation involving construction defect, insurance coverage, employment law, premises liability, transportation, defense of pharmacy cases, civil rights defense, professional negligence, toxic tort defense, asbestos exposure defense and insurance defense. She is a frequent author on a variety of insurance and trial topics and speaker at national conferences on trial-related topics. Ms. Boggs was selected to be a Senior Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, an honorary society honoring the top one-half of one percent of American lawyers.  

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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