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   Representative Experience

ThemeVision's trial consultants have worked with chemical manufacturers and their counsel in defending product liability and environmental claims across the nation. ThemeVision's professionals have often consulted on cases involving alleged toxic exposures, conducting empirical research (such as focus groups and mock trials) and  developing trial strategies.

Over time, we have developed an understanding of the "common-sense causation" notions that often play a role in jurors' determinations of medical causation and the interplay of those notions with the complex epidemiological and toxicological evidence that is often necessary in defending allegations of toxic exposure.

ThemeVision’s trial consultants and jury consultants have also worked with chemical manufacturers and their counsel in commercial litigation and IP litigation relating to the development, manufacturing, and sale of chemicals.

ThemeVision’s trial consultants strive to understand our clients' businesses and products so that we can provide sophisticated, but practical, litigation consulting solutions.

 
Chemical Exposure Case- Iowa
Conducted a three-panel, ThemeTesting® focus group study for the defense. The case involved allegations that a pregnant mother’s exposure to the defendant’s pesticide product caused her child to be born with cerebral palsy and numerous, specific cognitive and neurological deficits. The ThemeTesting study explored jurors’ perceptions of the credibility of the competing experts, as well as other issues. The study provided the trial team with key information regarding the presentation of the expert testimony and the development of trial themes. ThemeVision also developed demonstrative exhibits for use in connection with the expert testimony and developed both a juror profile and voir dire strategy. Summary judgment was granted in favor of the defense just prior to the scheduled jury trial.
Chemical Exposure Case: Punitive Damages Study- South Carolina
Conducted a six-panel, ThemeTesting® study in a toxic tort case involving an adolescent who alleged he suffered cognitive impairments as a result of a pesticide exposure. The study tested key facts, themes, and arguments relating to the issue of punitive damages. The study provided the trial team with important information regarding key documents and witnesses relating to damages issues. Overall, the study contributed to the client’s case assessment and case valuation.
Benzene Litigation (Herbicide Exposure)- California
Conducted verdict research for the defense in a case pending in Los Angeles County involving an allegation that trace amounts of benzene allegedly contained in the defendant’s herbicide had caused the plaintiff’s cancer. The verdict research was used by the client in the case valuation process. The case was ultimately settled before trial.
Pesticide Exposure Case- South Carolina
Conducted a three-panel, ThemeTesting focus group study in a toxic tort case involving an adolescent who alleged he suffered cognitive impairments as a result of a pesticide exposure. The study tested core themes and arguments relating to liability issues, including alleged product defect, exposure, dose, and medical causation. The study provided the trial team with important information regarding case themes and jurors’ likely perceptions of the battle of the experts. Overall, the study contributed to the client’s case assessment and the trial team’s trial preparation.   
Alleged Ground Water Contamination- Hawaii
Conducted a ThemeTesting® focus group study on behalf of the defense in a case involving allegations of ground water contamination resulting from pesticide products.
Commercial Litigation Jury Trial- Florida
Conducted a ThemeTesting® focus group study for the defense in commercial litigation that was pending in Hillsborough County.  The case involved claims for tens of millions of dollars in property damage and business disruption, as well as alleged violations of the Florida Civil Remedies Act.  The ThemeTesting study assisted the trial team with identifying and developing persuasive arguments and evidentiary presentations.  The case was tried to a Hillsborough County jury and the jury returned a defense verdict on all counts. 
Chemical Exposure Case- Montana
Conducted a ThemeTesting® focus group study in an alleged chemical exposure case involving multiple plaintiffs.  The focus group research revealed for the trial team specific themes and arguments that did and did not resonate with the focus group participants, allowing the legal team to better prepare for trial.  
Pesticide Exposure: Multiple Chemical Sensitivity- Florida
Conducted a three-panel mock jury project on behalf of a defendant in a toxic tort action in which the plaintiff claimed, among other things, to be suffering from Multiple Chemical Sensitivity as a result of exposure to the defendant's product.
Pesticide Exposure: Wrongful Death- Texas
Conducted a two-panel jury simulation project for the defense in a wrongful death case.  The plaintiffs alleged that the decedent's death and preceding illnesses were caused by exposure to an over-the-counter pesticide.  The jury simulation study assisted the trial team with testing key causation defenses and determining which arguments and themes were more or less likely to resonate with a Texas jury.
Pesticide Exposure Case- California
Conducted a six-panel jury simulation study for the defense in Los Angeles, California. The plaintiffs claimed that a commercially-applied pesticide was defective and caused their two daughters, an infant and a toddler at the time, to suffer severe neurological injuries. The jury study evaluated two alternative defense themes and assisted the trial team with making key trial strategy decisions. The case was dismissed on motion practice shortly before trial.
Crop Damage Litigation (Herbicide)- Washington
Conducted a two-panel jury simulation project for the defense in a case involving crop damage.  The plaintiff alleged that the crop damage resulted from application of an herbicide product.  The jury research assisted the trial team with identifying themes and arguments that resonated with mock jurors in rural Washington. 
Explosion at a Manufacturing Plant- Michigan
Conducted a jury simulation project in a commercial dispute arising from an explosion at a chemical manufacturing plant.  Result:  Case settled favorably for our client one week into trial. 
   
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Appliances & Electronics 15 Appliances & Electronics
> Chemicals 16 Chemicals
Energy & Utilities 17 Energy & Utilities
Insurance 18 Insurance
Life Sciences 19 Life Sciences
Manufacturing 32 Manufacturing
Pest Control 20 Pest Control
Software and Technology 21 Software and Technology
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