Part 2: "Reptile Theory" and the Mongoose Method

November 8 - 9, 2022

Covington, Louisiana


Safety managers, risk managers, company leadership, owners and anyone who has a vested interest in how safety operations affect the profitability of a business in the trucking industry.



Trucking companies today face an existential threat from abusive lawsuits. Trial lawyers have weaponized the courts. Their target is business and their tactic has a hypnotic effect on jurors. Trial attorneys have abandoned justice in favor of a guaranteed pay day from insured businesses. Small accidents reap settlements far out of proportion to actual damages. Meanwhile, the specter of a truly catastrophic loss – loss of life or limb – haunts us. Will it be the next nuclear verdict?

Predictably, insurance companies respond with ever-higher rates. We’ve reached the point where some of our smaller carriers simply can’t afford it. Larger carriers are forced to assume greater risk. Accidents do happen, even in an industry spending more than $10 billion annually on safety. But risk management is a meaningless phrase in the face of a justice system so distorted, it no longer delivers justice. A favorite tool of the trade for trial lawyers is the so-called “Reptile Theory.” It manipulates jurors’ instinctive and emotional responses. They’ve honed the technique to a fine art, and they’ve got a dramatic success record. Success for them is a defeat for real justice.


Introducing the Mongoose Method

It takes a fierce and agile creature to defend against a deadly reptile.

The solution is straightforward: education, proactivity, and aggressiveness. In this program, Dr. Bill Kanasky, shares the secrets behind the causes of nuclear verdicts and nuclear settlements and what trucking and transportation companies can do to protect themselves from these nuclear outcomes. Dr. Kanasky will teach attendees about The Reptile Theory including what it is, how it works, why it has been so successful, and how to beat it. In the final part of the training, Dr. Kanasky will lead the group through intensive training on preparing for deposition testimony and facilitate a mock deposition with actual witnesses to demonstrate how he trains witnesses for a real deposition.

This is the second part of our Mongoose Method litigation training. Returning and new students are welcomed! For those who attended our first training, this is the companion workshop with mock jury sessions. Dr. Kanasky will be presenting.

This is the most important class truckers can attend all year. 

The recent state Supreme Court decision opened the door for nuclear verdicts to reign. Truckers are now playing a new form of defense when it comes to litigation.

Doug Williams, LMTA General Counsel

Presented by:

LMTA Foundation


Proud members and supporters of both LMTA & Louisiana's trucking industry!