If you’re a parent of a so-called Millennial child (researchers often cite birth years ranging from about 1980 to 2000 for this demographic), you might have noted some of the behaviors posited as stereotypical by commentators focused upon this group.
Although such analysis may be a bit blunt, it is nonetheless noted, and often. One much-offered point of view is that, collectively, Millennials don’t often dive down as deeply into narrow subject matter areas as do, say, baby boomers. They like their information fresh, varied and presented in user-friendly forms (think Internet sources rather than books).
A recent legal conference held in Phoenix focused specifically on Millennials and some of their polled responses to questions regarding business ethics and related matters. A media article discussing the material points emerging from that event states that some Millennial attitudes and preferences could begin to have a material effect on court cases in which Millennials sit as jury members.
Although the discussion focused most specifically on Millennials’ participation in product liability cases, the takeaways are clearly relevant concerning any area of business litigation.
Here’s one finding of note: Most Millennials don’t trust big companies, believing that they are generally willing to sacrifice public safety in pursuit of profit. Additionally, they believe that costs are irrelevant when it comes to actions needed to be taken by corporations to render their products and services safe.
And they will likely fidget and grow weary as jurors if lawyers in a civil business litigation case drone on regarding evidentiary issues. The acronym TLDR — too long, didn’t read — is a notation reportedly in use in the Millennial community, notes the article.
That media piece further notes that, in addition to reining in dry and prolonged presentations regarding the material evidence at issue in a case where numerous Millennials are jurors, business litigators might want to focus more on “polished visuals.” That type of presentation would reasonably seem to attract many Millennials, given that they cut their teeth on electronic games and online technologies growing up.
Although generalities regarding a particular age group have limited validity, of course, they nonetheless do impart some nuggets of wisdom. It seems entirely reasonable that business litigators would carefully scrutinize the results of any poll that points to juror tendencies and characteristics that could ultimately influence the outcome of a legal case.
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