August 09, 2019

CUA Law Professor Megan La Belle’s article “Influencing Juries in Litigation ‘Hot Spots’” was published in the Indiana Law Journal.

Influencing Juries in Litigation "Hot Spots"
94 Indiana Law Journal 901 (2019)
Summer 2019
By Megan La Belle


This Article considers how corporations are using image advertising in litigation "hot spots" as a means of influencing litigation outcomes. It describes how Samsung and other companies advertised in the Eastern District of Texas — a patent litigation "hot spot" — to curry favor with the people who live there, including by sponsoring an ice rink located directly outside the courthouse. To be sure, image advertisements are constitutionally protected speech and might even warrant the highest level of protection under the First Amendment when they are not purely commercial in nature. Still, the Article argues, courts should be able to prohibit such advertisements altogether, or at the very least limit their impact through voir dire and discovery, because they threaten the right to an impartial jury guaranteed by the Seventh Amendment.

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