Apple, Expectations and Trial Strategy
And this morning Apple released blockbuster sales of over 9 million iPhones sold since the actual release three days ago.
Why the sharp difference between initial reviews and blockbuster sales. And why is this important to jury trials?
Because those that were bashing were comparing it to the model released just one year ago. But most folks buy two-year contracts when they get an iPhone. Thus, the target audience for the phones was those that bought phones two years or more ago, not the few who want to upgrade every year.
And since there is a huge difference between the one two years ago and the just released, it has tapped a substantial market.
This is all about figuring out where to set the comparison bar when deciding if something is good or bad.
If at trial you want to compare an injury to normal, you have to first figure out what that normal is and set that bar firmly in place.
Last week at trial, a defense expert decided to move the “normal” bar on the range of motion, so that when he showed plaintiff’s injuries to the jury, they didn’t look as bad as they actually were. (I hope to blog on that testimony in the future.)
Firmly forcing a witness to declare what normal is, and locking the person in who is going to give that opinion, is a critical and often overlooked piece of the puzzle that constitutes evidence. It is all about expectation and doing a proper comparison.
My two rupees on your trial tip for the day.