Demographic Portrait of the Jury Pool in the District of Delaware

The jury pool for the District Court of Delaware is differs from other key patent venues and has a significant population of African Americans. Compared to venues in the Northern and Central Districts of California, the District of Delaware has a somewhat strong Republican base. However, compared to the Eastern District of Texas, the District’s […]

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Four Takeaways from Our Corporate Responsibility Research

Bonora Rountree conducted an online survey with 300 jury-eligible California residents to explore public opinions regarding Corporate Personhood and Corporate Responsibility.  What follows are a few key findings from our research.  For more information about our survey methodology and results, email us at info@br-tcr.com.

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Corporate Personhood & Public Opinion

Corporate personhood is the most widely known legal fiction, and the most likely to trigger strong opinions.  In jury selections that we’ve conducted, most potential jurors appear willing to treat a corporation the same as individuals. 

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In Their Own Words: Jurors’ Opinions of “Collective Knowledge”

After asking jurors about their understanding of, and agreement with, the Collective Knowledge jury instruction, we asked them to explain, in their own words, what the instruction meant to them.  The instruction read as follows: The knowledge obtained by corporate employees acting within the scope of their employment is imputed to the corporation. Accordingly, if […]

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Respondeat Superior & Public Opinion

Are jurors reluctant to hold corporations responsible for the negligent and criminal acts of its employees? Judges are sometimes surprised by the biased opinions that jurors have. For example, we were working for the plaintiff in a case where an employer was being sued for the alleged negligent acts of an employee. One of the voir […]

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Millennium Tower Construction Defects: Our Findings

In December 2016, we asked 204 jury-eligible residents of San Francisco County about their opinions regarding alleged construction defects at Millennium Tower in the SoMa District of San Francisco. We found that a vast majority of our survey participants have heard something about the construction defects at Millennium Tower. After providing a short summary of […]

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