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Survey Says: White Male Jurors a Threat to Corporate Defendants
South Florida Business Journal -- Stephen Van Drake -- Nov. 1, 2002
The new jury target de jour is corporate America, says jury research firm DecisionQuest. Washington, D.C.-based Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), which counts women as minorities, hired DecisionQuest to conduct a scientific survey. MCCA on Oct. 16 announced major findings, including:
-- 75 percent plus of white males deeply distrust corporations (except mom-and-pop shops);
-- Most resent class-action plaintiff lawyers but like individual plaintiff lawyers;
-- Most also believe senior managers know what is going on in a business from the bottom up;
-- 85 percent believe large corporations hide information about dangers associated with their products until government or a lawsuit makes them fess up;
-- 73 percent say managers and senior executives are more likely to perjure themselves than lower-level workers; and
-- 78 percent believe many companies destroy documents hoping to avoid accountability.
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