An Expert’s Change of Mind Can be Shattering


Twice last month, in high-stakes cases with high-profile expert witnesses, the experts reversed gears on their own opinions, potentially shattering the cases in which they were involved. In both instances, the reversals came after experts Kenneth R. Feinberg and Harvey Pitt became aware of additional facts not previously disclosed to them.

The two cases highlight the ethical quandaries experts face when new information comes to light in a case and the practical quandaries attorneys face when having to confront an expert’s change of mind.

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