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2020 Webinars

dri3536 - “What the Heck is Going on?”: The Evolution of the Nuclear Verdict

Standard: $150.00
Members: $75.00


Defense attorneys across the nation are being bombarded with calls from their clients asking, “What the heck is going on with these crazy verdicts?” The emergence of the nuclear verdict is currently the hottest topic of discussion in civil litigation for both the plaintiff and defense bars. There are several factors to blame, including: 1) juror psychosocial factors, 2) growing litigation funding for plaintiff attorneys, 3) slow development of young defense attorneys, 4) political influences, 5) growth of Reptile tactics, 6) distrust of corporations, and 7) generational factors. This program will outline the influence of these factors on nuclear verdicts and provide practical solutions to avoid nuclear fallout for defendants.

Who Should Attend

  • Trial attorneys who practice in the areas of medical malpractice, commercial liability, product liability, trucking and transportation, construction, and premises liability
  • In-house counsel and insurance claims specialists.
  • Risk managers
  • Corporate CFOs

What You Will Learn

  • What is a nuclear verdict and why are they becoming more frequent.
  • What are the new tactics plaintiff attorneys are using in discovery and trial to obtain nuclear verdicts.
  • How the defense bar has (or hasn’t) responded to this disturbing trend.
  • How Reptilian tactics continue to fuel nuclear verdicts.
  • How to thwart plaintiff attempts to obtain nuclear settlements and verdicts.


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