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Michigan considers rule on juror device use

The Michigan Supreme Court held a hearing Tuesday to consider a new rule that would bar jurors from using "a computer, cellular phone, or other electronic device with communication capabilities while in attendance at trial or during deliberation.”

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Jurors’ anti-plaintiff bias lessens

Jurors may be developing a more positive view of plaintiffs and plaintiffs' lawyers. That's what James B. Lees Jr., a West Virginia personal injury lawyer and communications expert, believes.

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Jurors on trial

Richard Gabriel, a trial consultant and president of Decision Analysis in Los Angeles, said juror background checks are definitely on the rise. But others expressed concerns about juror privacy and the lack of regulation if parties do conduct background checks.

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