Conducted a ThemeTesting focus group study for the defense in a case involving a residential fire alleged to have been caused by a defective kitchen appliance. A young man and his father were home at the time of the fire. The fire caused catastrophic burn injuries to the young man, who was intoxicated at the time of the fire. The jury research helped the trial team to assess the extent to which they should focus on the young man’s intoxication at trial and also to assess jurors’ perceptions of the father’s separate claims of psychological and emotional distress. A confidential settlement was reached just prior to the scheduled jury trial in Monmouth, County, New Jersey.