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Florida Appellate Court Finds Daubert Standard Applies Retrospectively and Prohibits "Pure Opinion" Testimony

In the first civil appellate case in Florida to address the newly adopted Daubert standard for the admissibility of expert testimony, Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal held that the standard applies retrospectively...more

Law Lags Science? Not in the Ninth Circuit

In 1996, Judge Posner of the Seventh Circuit burnished his reputation for pithy legalisms by observing that “the courtroom is not the place for scientific guesswork, even of the inspired sort. Law lags science; it does not...more

Florida Appellate Court Embraces Daubert Standard And Provides First In-Depth Analysis Under New Law

Last week, the Third District Court of Appeal resolved any questions concerning the applicability of the Daubert standard in Florida following the legislative changes to Florida's evidence code in July 2013. ...more

On the Difficulty of Dauberting Antitrust Economists

It’s difficult. Despite a valiant effort, the defendants in In re: High-Tech Employee Antitrust Litigation, 2014 U.S. Dist. Lexis 47181 (N.D. Cal. Apr. 4, 2014) (Koh, J.), failed to exclude the expert testimony of...more

Quantum World v. Dell: After Receiving Numerous Daubert Motions, District Court Lays Down Strict Time Limits for Trial and Rules...

In this patent infringement case, the district court received a number of motions to strike portions of expert reports and to exclude the testimony of certain experts. As stated by the district court, it received the...more

Ninth Circuit En Banc Upholds Prior Ruling Vacating $10 Million Asbestos Verdict Over Failure to Conduct Daubert Hearing

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals en banc has affirmed a prior ruling vacating a $10 million jury verdict in an asbestos personal injury action, holding that the Washington federal district court abused its discretion by not...more

Filing Damage Expert's Reports Under Seal: Some Bright Line Rules

There are two trends increasing the costs of patent litigation. The first is the increased use of Daubert motions to exclude the opinion of opposing damage experts as unqualified or unreliable. The practical result...more

More on Daubert: The 11th Circuit Allows EPA’s Experts to Testify on NSR Violations

Last spring, Robby Sanoff complained in this space about the problem resulting from appellate courts’ refusal to give appropriate discretion to district judges in performing their gatekeeping function under Daubert. As Robby...more

Daubert Motion to Strike Expert Testimony Denied Where Lump Sum Royalty Was Not Improperly Based on Total Market Value of Accused...

In this patent infringement action, the patent owner sought a reasonable royalty in the form of a lump sum payment. HTC filed a Daubert motion to exclude the expert's opinion on the ground that the lump sum royalty...more

On How to Cross-Examine Expert (Economist) Witnesses in an Antitrust Trial

Having recently observed the cross-examination of an expert economist at an antitrust jury trial, I thought I’d note some observations and conclusions....more

Florida Adopts More Stringent Standard For Expert Witnesses

Florida recently joined the federal courts and 40 other states in adopting the Daubert standard for admissibility of expert testimony....more

Florida Legislature Adopts Daubert

Florida’s legislature recently amended the state’s evidence code to adopt the Daubert standard for admissibility of expert testimony. Despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s abandonment of the Frye “general acceptance” standard in...more

Financial Expert Witnesses in Business Litigation

Business litigation is usually about numbers. The damages, value, financial analysis and appraisal you need to prove your case will often require the opinion of an independent financial expert such as a business valuator,...more

Why Trial Courts Are Reluctant To Exclude Scientific Evidence in Toxic Tort Cases

Environmental litigation, particularly toxic tort litigation, inevitably turns on scientific evidence about causation. Beginning with the Supreme Court’s Daubert decision in 1993, trial courts have repeatedly been admonished...more

Campmor, Inc. v. Brulant, LLC

Opinion Denying Daubert Motion in Limine to Exclude SEO Expert at Trial

Defendant Brulant moves in limine to preclude the testimony of Brian Cooper, Plaintiff Campmor’s expert witness on search engine optimization (“SEO”). The Court held a Daubert hearing on April 10, 2013. The motion is denied....more

Comcast Corp. v. Behrend: Even More Than Meets the Eye?

On Wednesday, the United States Supreme Court handed down its opinion in another of this term’s major class action cases. Following on the heels of Standard Fire Insurance Co. v. Knowles, where the Court closed a loophole...more

Supreme Court Comcast Decision Makes Antitrust Class Action Certification More Difficult

The Supreme Court’s decision in Comcast Corporation v. Behrend, an antitrust case involving a class of more than two million current and former cable television subscribers in the Philadelphia area, raises the bar for...more

Common and Predominating Damages: Comcast Opinion Extends Wal-Mart v. Dukes' Standards for Class Certification but Leaves the...

On March 27, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Comcast Corp. v. Behrend, Case No. 11-864, which provides a valuable tool for the defense in combatting class certification in antitrust cases and other types of class...more

Behrend and Amgen: The Supreme Court Sends Mixed Signals About Reaching the Merits at the Class Certification Stage

The U.S. Supreme Court has sent mixed signals this term regarding when courts can address merits issues at the class certification stage. On March 27, 2013, in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend, the Court reaffirmed that lower courts...more

Asbestos Alert: Barabin v. AstenJohnson, Inc., et al. Ninth District Court of Appeals, Action #10-36142, 11-35020 (November 16,...

On March 25, 2013, the Ninth Circuit ordered that this case be reheard en banc. The hearing is currently expected to go forward during the week of June 24, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. A decision is expected within three...more

Supreme Court Rules That District Court Must Rigorously Review Plaintiffs’ Damages Model at Class Certification Stage

The Supreme Court this week in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend forcefully reiterated that Rule 23(b)(3) requires the district court to engage in rigorous review to ensure that damages are capable of measurement on a classwide basis,...more

Supreme Court Raises Bar for Class Certification

In Comcast Corporation, et al. v. Behrend, the US Supreme Court reversed two lower courts in concluding that the Plaintiffs failed to satisfy Rule 23(b)(3) because their expert’s report did not establish that damages could be...more

Federal Court Precludes Defendant’s Class Certification Expert

In a rare and cautionary opinion, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey has precluded the testimony and report of an expert proffered by a defendant in opposition to certification in a consumer product class...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

Product Liability Advisory - November 2012: Ninth Circuit Vacates $10 Million Asbestos Verdict, Citing Trial Court’s Failure to...

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently vacated a $10 million jury verdict and remanded Barabin v. AstenJohnson, Inc, et. al. back to Washington federal district court for a new trial after concluding that the district...more

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