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Still Keeping Us Guessing: Florida Supreme Court Poised to Clarify The Daubert Standard in Florida. Maybe.

Is it safe to use the Daubert standard of the new section 90.702, Florida Statutes, to exclude your opponent’s expert testimony? Do you have a choice? Earlier this year, the Florida supreme court raised a red flag on the...more

Your Hearsay Objection to Expert Testimony in Support of an Award for Future Damages: Use it or Lose it

In David v. Hernandez, 2017 No. B270133, the California Court of Appeal, Second District, upheld the trial court’s evidentiary rulings on two distinct expert opinions: (1) speculative testimony regarding plaintiff’s marijuana...more

Court of Special Appeals Affirms Admission of Plaintiff’s Medical Records into Evidence to Support Opinions of Defense Expert

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

A recent holding of the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland is of significance to companies defending personal injury lawsuits—particularly those where the nature or extent of a plaintiff’s alleged injuries is in dispute. In...more

CAFC: What a Person of Skill in the Art “Could” Do is Insufficient Evidence to Support Obviousness Finding

Duke University owns US 7,056,712 (‘712), which claims methods of treating a metabolic disorder known as Pompe disease. In particular, ‘712 claims methods of treating Pompe disease using a recombinant human acid...more

Another Accutane Verdict Vacated in New Jersey

by Reed Smith on

No one can be all that happy with how the Accutane mass tort proceeding has played out in New Jersey. We have no involvement in that proceeding, but we have monitored it from afar, and it has been extraordinarily contentious....more

Could Daubert be Dying in Florida?

by Cozen O'Connor on

On February 16, 2017, the Florida Supreme Court issued an opinion in In Re: Amendments to the Florida Evidence Code, No. SC16-181, in which the court declined to adopt the Daubert standard, on procedural grounds, for...more

When Will Expert Evidence Be Excluded?

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Experts play an important role in IP litigation, but the court will carefully consider whether the proposed expert evidence is necessary to assist the trial judge and has demonstrated an increasing willingness to determine,...more

Missouri Adopts Daubert Standard Governing the Admissibility of Expert Opinion Evidence

by Polsinelli on

On March 28, 2017, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens signed House Bill 153 into law, repealing Section 490.065 RSMo governing the admissibility of expert witness opinion testimony and replacing it with provisions mirroring the...more

Fifth DCA Reaffirms Protections Against Surprise Tactics at Trial

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

This past January, Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal found that a trial court had committed reversible error by allowing a party to argue and present previously undisclosed expert testimony and evidence to the jury at...more

Butler Quarterly - Winter 2017

Two recent federal cases highlight the challenges practitioners face in presenting expert claims handling testimony in bad faith litigation under the Daubert standard. In the first case, a court excluded such expert testimony...more

Florida Supreme Court Rejects More Rigorous Expert Testimony Standard

by Holland & Knight LLP on

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

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

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

Wisconsin Supreme Court Addresses Expert Testimony Under Daubert

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

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

Expert Witness Testimony: Often the Critical Component for a Successful Case

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

If your company is facing litigation, especially in high-stakes cases, one of the first questions you and your counsel should address is whether the testimony of an expert witness might be helpful, or even essential, to your...more

Challenging Weight of the Evidence Methodology

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Use of a WOE methodology may be appropriate for government regulation, but it should not establish legal liability. Originally published in In-House Defense Quarterly, a publication of DRI - Winter 2017....more

Lipitor MDL Court Grants Pfizer’s Omnibus Summary Judgment Motion: No Evidence of Causation

by Reed Smith on

For those of us who spend large chunks of our professional lives in mass tort MDLs, expressions like “settlement inventory” are ubiquitous. It is too easy to lose sight of the fact that these expressions put the rabbit in the...more

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

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

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

New Year, New Rules: What to Know About the January 2017 TTAB Rule Updates

After a lengthy proposal and commentary process, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ("TTAB" or the "Board") recently published its most significant Rules of Practice update in years (see 81 Fed. Reg. 69950), with the...more

The PTAB Review - November 2016

New Testimonial Evidence with Preliminary Responses: Panacea or Placebo? Just over three years ago, during a keynote speech at the AIPLA annual meeting, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) was criticized as a...more

Does Your Expert Challenge Quack Like an Untimely Daubert Motion?

by Carlton Fields on

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

Federal Circuit Emphasizes that an Obviousness Analysis Based on Common Sense Must be Supported by Substantial Evidence and...

A recent decision by the Federal Circuit suggests that relying on “common sense” in analyzing whether a patent is obvious in view of prior art cannot always be based on common sense alone. In a decision providing...more

PTAB Grants Late Motion to Amend, But Amended Claims Fail to Breathe Life into Patent

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing the standards for a motion to amend claims during an inter partes review (IPR) proceeding, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) granted a motion to amend the claims in an IPR, but ultimately denied...more

"Staples-Office Depot Mergers, 1997 v. 2016: Changed Industry, Same Result"

On May 17, 2016, one week after announcing his decision, Judge Emmet Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia released a public version of his opinion siding with the Federal Trade Commission in its...more

Defendants Secure Rare Summary Judgment in Zoloft MDL

In an unusual turn of events, U.S. District Judge Cynthia Rufe recently granted defendants’ motion for summary judgment as to over 300 cases in the Zoloft MDL. These cases were consolidated in 2012 and involved allegations...more

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