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Florida Supreme Court Rejects More Rigorous Expert Testimony Standard

The federal court system and 36 states have adopted the so-called Daubert standard in place of the Frye standard when it comes to qualifying expert witnesses under the rules of evidence. In 2013, the Florida Legislature...more

Supreme Court speaks on Daubert – says not much

Last week the supreme court issued its opinion on the recommendations of the Florida Bar Rules committee regarding the new Daubert statute. The supreme court noted there are “grave concerns” that (unidentified) elements of...more

Daubert Under the Microscope Again by Florida Courts

In a ruling that raises new issues about the adoption of the Daubert standard for the admissibility of expert opinions in Florida state court, the Florida Supreme Court has declined to adopt, to the extent they are...more

Noodle This! The Yin and Yang of Two Courts, Two Antitrust Cases, Two Class Certification Motions, Two Daubert Challenges, Two...

Noodle this: Two significant orders on class certification in antitrust matters issued last week. Both were heavily influenced by the threshold determination of Daubert challenges to the plaintiffs’ expert evidence. In one...more

Florida Supreme Court Rejects Daubert Statute to the Extent It Is "Procedural"

In a 4-2 decision, the Florida Supreme Court today declined to adopt an amendment to section 90.702 of the Florida Evidence Code to the extent that the amendment is procedural. The applicable amendment adopted the Daubert...more

Fourth Circuit Vigorously Applies Daubert

Last week three of our posts dealt with Daubert issues. That was not intentional. Chalk it up to coincidence. Or was it? We are not especially superstitious, but maybe the passing last week of the great “Professor” Irwin...more

Wisconsin Supreme Court Addresses Expert Testimony Under Daubert

Six years after the Wisconsin legislature amended Wis. Stat. § 907.02(1) to adopt the federal Daubert standard for admission of expert testimony, the Wisconsin Supreme Court applied the standard for the first time in a civil...more

Unreliable Expert Causation Evidence Ends Birth Defect Case

We have posted several times in the last few years (like here, here, here, and here) about cases alleging birth defects from maternal SSRI use during pregnancy. Perhaps because of the inherent sympathy for the plaintiff...more

Reclast Plaintiff Experts Hobbled by Daubert

We have long suspected that the reason some judges are hostile to Daubert is because application of the doctrine involves so much work. Rather than merely count whether there are enough other experts out there who seem to be...more

Third Circuit Plays the “Top Fifty” Hits, Allows ADEA Claim for Employees Fifty and Over

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Third Circuit has shaken up long-standing precedent and created a split among the circuits, such that now employers should not only evaluate its employment decisions for the effect on individuals over...more

Medical Causation Experts Pass Daubert Test, But Cannot Opine on Plaintiff’s Lack of Capacity to Sign Release

We typically write about product liability cases, not medical malpractice actions. But the two are not mutually exclusive, and similar issues arise in those cases. Medical causation is an issue we often see in both. Capacity...more

D.C. appellate court strikes another nail in the coffin for the Frye test

In a striking decision that has the civil litigation bar abuzz about its implications, the D.C. court that first introduced us to the Frye test has now overturned it in favor of Daubert. What distinguishes the court’s...more

5 Takeaways from the Emory/FJC Conference

Last week, I had the privilege of attending the FJC’s 2016 Complex Litigation Conference, held in conjunction with Emory Law School’s Institute for Complex Litigation and Mass Claims. [Disclosure: I serve on the Institute’s...more

Toxic Tort & Product Liability Quarterly Vol. 9, No. 4, December 2016

DC High Court Adopts Daubert Approach to Expert Testimony - In a direct victory for mobile phone manufacturers and service providers, and with implications for any other case involving expert testimony in the District of...more

As American as Football, Apple Pie and Class Actions

Two cert petitions in a football-related class action are pending before the U.S. Supreme Court: Gilchrist v. National Football League, case no. 16-283 and Armstrong v. National Football League. Both are scheduled to be...more

Daubert and summary judgment rulings issue

Stark, C. J. Plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment and Daubert motions are granted in part and denied in part. Defendants’ cross-motion for summary judgment and Daubert motions are granted in part and denied in part....more

The Death of Frye: The District of Columbia Embraces Daubert

In a landmark decision, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals recently adopted the Daubert standard, superseding the District’s nearly century-long application of the Frye test. In its October 20 decision on Motorola,...more

District of Columbia Court of Appeals Adopts FRE 702 as the Legal Standard for the Admissibility of Expert Testimony

Key Points - - The District of Columbia Court of Appeals has adopted Federal Rule of Evidence 702 as the legal standard for determining the admissibility of expert testimony in the District of Columbia in all cases,...more

Florida Appellate Court Reverses Verdict Against Valve Manufacturer in Asbestos Case - Decision: Trial Court Abused Discretion in...

Manufacturers of products that contained chrysotile asbestos won a major victory in Crane Co. v. DeLisle on Sept. 14, 2016, when Florida's Fourth District Court of Appeal (Fourth DCA) reversed a verdict entered against a...more

Florida Tightens the Reins on Proving Causation in Asbestos Claims

On September 14, 2016, Florida joined a growing number of jurisdictions that reject the “any exposure” theory of proving causation. Variously known as the “cumulative exposure” or “each and every exposure” theory, it is based...more

Does Your Expert Challenge Quack Like an Untimely Daubert Motion?

In Frigaliment Importing Co. v. BNS Int’l Sales Corp., 190 F. Supp. 116 (S.D.N.Y. 1960), Judge Friendly famously asked “What is chicken?” A case decided last year raises the question, “What is a Daubert motion?”...more

Daubert motion is granted in

Defendant moved to exclude the testimony of plaintiff’s damages expert Charles Perry. The expert relied on a license relating to the patent-in-suit which had been made in the context of settling a litigation dispute. He...more

Daubert Exclusion for Double Counting

Order Granting in Part Daubert Motion, Finjan, Inc. v. Sophos, Inc., Case No. 14-cv-1197 (Judge William Orrick) - Yogi Berra once said that “baseball is 90% mental; the other half is physical.” The humor in this...more

Florida Appellate Court Applies State Daubert Test Retroactively to Exclude Expert and Dismiss Case

In his poem “To Summer,” Blake begs the season to “curb thy fierce steeds, allay the heat/That flames from their large nostrils!” That is typical Blake; he takes our favorite time of the year and turns it into a satanic...more

A Symbolic Victory? FDA's Final Rule On Stand-Alone Symbols In Medical Device Labeling Raises Important Litigation Risk Questions

FDA this week released a final rule that will undoubtedly raise new litigation questions for medical device manufacturers in the context of product liability claims. The final rule, for the first time, permits medical device...more

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