During our June 23 webinar on decision tree analysis, an attendee shared having heard complaints that decision tree analysis is unfair to plaintiffs because the multiple probabilities in the tree whittle down their expected damages. However, it’s only when the “whittling down” results from misuse of the rules of probability..
At our June 23, 2021 webinar on decision tree analysis, we examined how to calculate the expected value (EV) of a lawsuit using a decision tree in connection with a mediation or settlement negotiations. We also discussed that once an EV is calculated, plaintiffs should subtract from EV the anticipated..
We are pleased to announce a free webinar for litigators and mediators on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 12:30 PM EST entitled “Using Decision Tree Analysis To Value Lawsuits and Negotiate Settlements.” An application for NYCLE-accreditation for one (1) credit in the area of Professional Practice is currently pending. The..
In this latest post applying Talmudic principles in mediation, we discuss a psychological principle known as the “endowment effect” and its impact on negotiations during mediation (the Talmud being an ancient Jewish legal text compiled around 500 C.E. that is a primary source of Jewish law and philosophy). Our Psychological..
Last Tuesday, we published a blog post discussing how a flawed decision tree analysis led an insurer defending a wrongful death action to reject reasonable settlement offers, and then get hit with a nearly $40 million verdict and a $7.2 million judgment for breaching a Texas state law duty to..
The dynamic present in personal injury mediations is fairly straightforward. The defendant’s insurer (or the defendant, if self-insured) will estimate the risk of a jury verdict for the plaintiff on liability, and discount the likely damages by that risk to determine a reasonable settlement range. On the other side of..