Are mock trial results ever used for settlement?
Yes. Some of our clients have shown our reports to mediators and even authorized the mediators to show sections of our reports to the opposing parties. In many cases, this has facilitated settlement. It can also help if the party in the lawsuit clients hears the bad news early directly from the mock juries. The client then has the opportunity to re-evaluate his/her position and settle the case more favorably than he or she would have thought reasonable before the mock trial. It provides a reality check that can support and reinforce an attorney’s desire to settle the case. For more information, see our discussion of our ADR Preparation services.