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Water Loss Case Gives Rise to Dispute Over Bad Faith Standard For ‘Genuine Dispute’ and Admissibility of Expert Evidence

In a recent decision in the case of Pyramid Technologies, Inc. v. Hartford Casualty Ins. Co., 752 F.3d 807 (9th Cir., May 19, 2014), the Ninth Circuit, relying on California law upheld a grant of summary judgment dismissing...more

Fourth Circuit Rules On Admissibility Standard In Trade Secrets Case

In a per curiam opinion that began and ended with the same expression of deep reluctance, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a key ruling by the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia regarding the...more

Eastern District of Louisiana Rules that Factual Portions of Incident Report by Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement...

In the new world of shared regulatory oversight between the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and BSEE on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), a mundane devil-in-the-details – but nonetheless vitally important question – had...more

Class Actions in Italy: Milan Court of Appeal Adopts Wider Interpretation of Admissibility

On 3 March 2014, the Milan Court of Appeal overturned a previous decision issued by the Milan Tribunal, declaring a class action brought by an Italian consumers association, Altroconsumo, against local railway operator...more

The Sixth Circuit Clarifies Admissibility of the CPSC’s Failure to Take Regulatory Action

The admissibility of the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) failure to take action to regulate products has been litigated in many courts throughout the United States, largely due to an ambiguous provision in the...more

Threshold for Admissibility of Expert Opinion Affirmed by Pennsylvania Appellate Court

Pennsylvania’s intermediate appellate court recently affirmed an order granting summary judgment for Rohm and Haas (R&H) in a chemical exposure wrongful death action, finding the plaintiff’s expert’s opinion regarding...more

Pennsylvania Courts Clarify Expert Testimony Admissibility Standard

The admissibility standard to which expert opinions have been held in Pennsylvania has just been clarified. In a recent decision addressing the application of Frye v. United States, 293 F. 1013 (D.C.Cir.1923), the...more

Florida’s Second District Court Of Appeal Issues Important Decision On Inadmissibility Of Physician Board Certification Exam...

In medical malpractice litigation, the argument has increasingly been made that a physician’s board certification examination results, or more specifically, evidence of a physician’s failure to pass a board certification...more

Maryland Court of Appeals Upholds the Frye-Reed “General Acceptance” Test for Admissibility of Expert Testimony

The Maryland Court of Appeals issued an opinion on September 24, 2013, in Josephine Chesson, et al. v. Montgomery Mutual Insurance Co., No. 97, 2013 WL 5311126, -- A.3d --- (Md. Sept. 24, 2013) (Chesson III), finding that,...more

Sargon Enterprises, Inc. v. University of Southern California: A New “Gatekeeper” Role for the Admission of Expert Testimony in...

What is the likely effect of the California Supreme Court’s decision in Sargon Enterprises, Inc. v. University of Southern California (“USC”), 55 Cal. 4th 747 (2012), on the admissibility of expert testimony in California?...more

Change In Parol Evidence Precedent Could Spell Greater Litigation Expense for Businesses

The California Supreme Court’s recent clarification of the fraud exception to the Parol Evidence Rule weakened the effect of contract integration clauses, and may mean lengthier, and more costly, litigation for businesses. ...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: Weeks Ending August 30 & September 6, 2013

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES - ILAN NIEUCHOWICZ & SASHA FUNK GRANAI - Hearsay/Business Records Exception: court erred in considering testimony given by Association’s new management company concerning amounts owed to...more

Protected conversations

It is a common misconception that simply labelling a meeting or discussion “without prejudice” protects that discussion from future admissibility in legal proceedings. As a legal matter, the “without prejudice”...more

Lost Writings And The Statute Of Frauds

In 1677, the English Parliament enacted a law establishing a legal principle that was eventually adopted by all of the future states of its nascent colonies – the Statute of Frauds....more

U.S. Supreme Court: Silence Admissible

When faced with questions from a government investigator, a person’s silence can now be used in a criminal trial against the person who was questioned and declined to provide an answer....more

Court Holds Parol Evidence Admissible

As generally understood, the parol evidence rule prohibits the introduction of extrinsic evidence to alter, vary or add to the terms of an integrated agreement. ”Parol” is derived from the French word, “parole” meaning...more

The Admissibility of Opinions Contained in Public Records

The outcome of civil litigation often hinges upon the ability of litigants to rely upon or exclude public records and reports and, in particular, opinions contained in them. Federal Rule of Evidence 803(8) (“Rule 803(8)” or...more

The Use And Misuse Of Expert Testimony In Bad Faith Actions

Modern trials are frequently battles of experts hired by the parties to advocate their respective positions. Bad faith actions are no different. The plaintiff and the insurer will both beat the bushes for claims handlers or...more

Lees v. Carthage College: A Seventh Circuit Decision on the Admissibility of Expert Testimony for the Standard of Care

The Seventh Circuit recently issued two opinions with interesting evidentiary issues. We wrote about the multiple levels of hearsay in Jordan v. Binns, No. 11-2134 (7th Cir. Apr. 4, 2013), last week. And, this week, the...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - April 2013

In Hatai v. Dept. of Transportation, a California court of appeal upheld a trial court's decision to exclude "me too" evidence of discrimination from individuals outside of the plaintiff's protected class, but in doing so...more

BB&K Police Chief Bulletin: Search of Vehicle “Black Box" - Admissible Evidence Captured by Vehicle’s Sensing Diagnostic Module

Overview: A California appellate court recently upheld the admission of evidence obtained from the sensing diagnostic module (SDM) of a vehicle impounded after a fatal crash. The SDM decides whether to deploy air bags based...more

Seagulls on the Water?¹ Has California Supreme Court Indicated A Major Change in Direction for the Admissibility of Expert Opinion...

California courts have generally granted qualified experts wide latitude in permitting their opinion testimony to be heard by a jury. In the recent case of Sargon Enterprises, Inc. v University of Southern California (2012)...more

Defending Commercial Class Actions: Recent Cases May be Giving the Defense an Edge

While the ripples from the United States Supreme Court’s 2011 decision in Wal-Mart v. Dukes are still being felt, the Court may make further class action waves this term with its pending decision in Comcast v. Behrend. This...more

JAMS Global Construction Solutions -- Winter 2013

In This Issue: Using Integrated Project Delivery to Avoid Construction Conflict and Disputes; Admissibility of Nonbinding Written Dispute Board Recommendations; Be an Expert with Experts and Notices &...more

The Quest For Contractual Certainty

The California Supreme Court has re-examined and largely restricted the scope of the parol evidence rule (Code of Civil Procedure §1856) in the case of RiverIsland Cold Storage, Inc. v. Fresno-Madera Production Credit...more

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