2019 Janurary Monthly Meeting
January 17, 2019 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Event & Speaker(s) Details
Event: Recent studies show that juror misconduct is increasing.
You may have heard about the $417 million J & J Baby Powder verdict in LA last year. Maybe, but did you also hear that the verdict was overturned, and a new trial granted, in part on the basis of jury misconduct? So what do you do when confronted by a large verdict no one saw coming? Have you considered debriefing the jury and finding out just why they ruled as they did? You won’t know if you don’t ask, and by asking you may come to understand not just what went wrong, but possibly even uncover juror misconduct leading to a new trial.
Recent studies show that juror misconduct is increasing. The courts are reacting, but misconduct still occurs. How well are you prepared for responding to that? This presentation will provide not just history about the issue of jury misconduct through the current date, but also detail how to be prepared and ready to respond when you get blindsided by a verdict outside the bounds of your worst case scenario, or otherwise have reason to wonder just how the jury decided as it did.
Speaker: Eric Sieber
Eric has been an insurance adjuster and investigator for 43 years handling casualty claims including auto/trucking, general liability, products liability and public entity claims. He recently relocated to Arizona from Southern California. He is a member of the AICA, American Society of Trial Consultants, California Association of Independent Insurance Adjusters, California Association of Licensed Investigators, and the CPCU Society where he was honored by the Claims Interest Group as Committee Member of the Year in 2010. He is also an associate member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
Eric served on the CPCU Society National Fraud Resource Task Force and as a sworn California Reserve Peace Officer as Commander of the San Bernardino County District Attorney Reserve Investigator’s unit where he assisted in investigating and prosecuting insurance fraud. He also instructed numerous CPCU and INS classes.
Eric debriefed his first jury over 30 years ago, and has conducted well over 100 jury debriefings, primarily in California; but also in Nevada and Arizona. As he will detail in his presentation, jury misconduct is as old as trials. However for many reasons, jury misconduct is increasing and the numerous reasons to debrief jurors can be as simple as helping defend a similar case in the future to your quality of expert testimony. More importantly, jury debriefing helps know how best to adjust should a new trial be granted on appeal or otherwise. His presentation will address the rationale and process for debriefing jurors, possibly leading to a successful New Trial Motion.
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