Use of PowerPoint in a Trial

Posted by Douglas Sorocco at August 19, 2005 04:13 PM

Wow - now here is a little rethinking payback...

  • Beyond Bullet Points on Trial according to the Fortune magazine article, "Stark Choices at the First Vioxx Trial", two lawyers used PowerPoint in "starkly" different ways in a heavily-publicized trial that began Thursday in Texas.  In the first of many trials involving the prescription drug Vioxx, plaintiff Carol Ernst is suing Merck and Co. over the death of her husband Bob Ernst in 2001.
  • Jury Finds Merck Liable - $253 Million Judgment:   A Texas jury found pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. liable Friday for the death of a man who took the once-popular painkiller Vioxx, awarding his widow $253.4 million in damages in the first of thousands of lawsuits pending across the country.

I bet Cliff Atkinson starts doing a lot more consulting on jury trial prep.  I know some patent prosecutors/lecturers who could use some help as well.  Explaining concepts isn't confined to litigators.

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Howard Bashman rounds up many newspaper links. Evan Schaeffer at Legal Underground has a podcast on the topic of Merck's financial future; he thinks suggestions of bankruptcy are overblown. Gordon Smith at Conglomerate says the jury was being invited t...

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John Lambert Says:

August 23, 2005 08:23 AM

They were a long way from the first counsel to use PowerPoint in court. I used it in a patent infirngement trial in the Patents County Court in London as long ago as 1996.

By the way, congratulations to you and your colleagues at Rethink(IP) on your RSS feeds for USPTO announcements! I have mentioned it on my blog and I hope it will attract the attention of many overseas IP lawyers to your service.

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