Expert Testimony

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Ask the Experts About Bad Faith; Just Be Careful How You Do It

In bad faith cases, juries must often decide if the way an insurer processed a claim lacked a “reasonable” basis. Courts have consistently held that experts can help—by explaining how a claim is supposed to be handled. The...more

Appellate Court Notes

SC19118 - E & M Custom Homes, LLC v. Negron - New home warranty claim was successfully asserted as a counterclaim to a mechanic lien foreclosure. You will have to read the Appellate Court decision to find out what...more

Did You Know that an Expert can Testify that You were At Fault—Even if You Were Not!

Barry P. Goldberg is careful when advising accident victims that think that their case is a “slam dunk” on liability. In fact, claimants should be aware that if the case goes into active litigation the insurers will hire...more

Third Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Toxic Tort Claims Based on Unreliable Experts

Underscoring the importance of reliable expert methodology, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld the dismissal of a personal injury suit based on unreliable expert testimony. See Henry v. St Croix Alumina,...more

Inter Partes Review: Validity Before the PTAB [Video]

The PTAB is beginning to develop a reputation as being harsh towards patent owners and the validity of their patents. Why have patent owners struggled so much before the PTAB? Attorneys Seth Northrop and Cyrus Morton discuss...more

Rare Grant (in Part) of an IPR Motion to Exclude

Motions to Exclude Evidence have been one of the features of inter partes review practice that have, to date, had a less significant effect than expected. Very few motions have been granted, largely because the Board...more

Battle of the Experts Still Brewin’ in Starbucks Trial

In April 2010, the Council for Education and Research on Toxics (CERT) sued Starbucks Corp. and other coffee sellers alleging they violated California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, passed by California...more

Correlation Is Not Causation: Class Certification Denied Because Experts’ Methodologies Fail To Show Predominate Antitrust Injury...

A California federal district court denied certification of two nationwide classes, each asserting a price-fixing conspiracy for optical disk drives (“ODD”), because the plaintiffs’ experts failed to provide a viable...more

Are Attorney-Expert Communications Discoverable in Pennsylvania? (Almost never) -- Some Clarity from the Appellate Courts

In Pennsylvania, testifying experts usually are not deposed before trial; typically, their written reports are provided in advance of trial and delineate the substance and scope of their testimony. Attorneys often wish to...more

Motion to Strike Expert Testimony Denied Even Though Expert Had Never Used Product and Examined Only Selected Pieces of Source...

In this patent infringement action, the defendant moved to exclude portions of the plaintiff's (Dr. Bambos') expert testimony. Defendant argued that Dr. Bambos lacks familiarity with the infringing products, relied too...more

An Offer to Concede Your Expert’s Qualifications May Be a Trojan Horse

When you start eliciting testimony on your expert witness’s qualifications, the other side may offer to “waive the testimony concerning qualifications” or concede that the witness is specially qualified to testify as an...more

IP Newsflash - October 2014

Federal Circuit Affirms Inequitable Conduct Based On “Intentionally Selective” Disclosure - On September 26, 2014, a divided Federal Circuit panel affirmed the unenforceability of three American Calcar patents,...more

Clerical Errors Forgiven

In SCHOTT Gemtron Corporation v. SSW Holdings Company, Inc., IPR2014-00367, Paper 30 (September 22, 2014), the Board forgave a clerical error that resulted in the petitioner’s expert declaration not being filed until January...more

Eleventh Circuit Refuses to Credit Expert’s Guess on Causation

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has issued an important decision on expert testimony, Hughes v. Kia Motors. Patricia Hughes filed a wrongful death action against Kia Motors after her daughter,...more

Causation Experts Properly Excluded Where The “Leap From Data To Opinion Was Too Great”

In Hughes v. Kia Motors Corp., No. 13-10922, the Eleventh Circuit recently affirmed the district court’s exclusion of the plaintiff’s expert witness in a motor vehicle product liability case. Allene Hughes, the plaintiff’s...more

"I'll Tell You What Really Happened": In the 6th Circuit, Experts Can Contradict Their Clients' Testimony

The weight of expert testimony in product liability cases can hardly be overstated. Because complex questions of scientific and medical causation often hold sway, juries are thirsty for someone to tell them what the evidence...more

Despite Lack of Familiarity with Specific Technology-at-Issue, Industry Expert Not Excluded

The Board continued its reluctance to exclude evidence in inter partes review proceedings in Primera Technology, Inc., v. Automatic Manufacturing Systems, Inc., Final Written Decision, IPR2013-00196 by denying a motion to...more

Part 4 - Specific Preparation in Cross-Examining the Expert Witness

In the three earlier articles of this series, I discussed the reasons why you need to cross-examine an expert witness, the four main advantages a trial lawyer has over an expert witness, and the four stages of general...more

Does Being an ‘Expert’ Make You an Expert?

Earlier this month, Judge Victor Marrero of the Southern District of New York issued his opinion certifying a class of buyers of the common stock of a company created by a Chinese reverse merger. McIntire v. China...more

Conclusory Declaration Testimony Again Leads to Unsuccessful IPR Petition

Some of the best inter partes review lessons can be learned from decisions denying institution of an inter partes review trial. Among the chief grounds for denying petitions, failure to provide competent expert testimony in...more

Judge Forrest authorizes depositions of declarants to support defendant’s motion for summary judgment

Following defendant Monster’s filing of a motion for summary judgment, the patentee provided declarations by two expert witnesses in opposition. Monster noticed depositions of these experts, but the patentee moved for a...more

5 Rules to Minimize Expert Contamination

Attorneys risk expert contamination when they provide information to an expert about a case. Although you need to discuss the case candidly and openly with your expert, you don’t want to contaminate the expert with...more

SJC Issues Decision Concerning Recovery of Lost Profits Damages in Commercial Litigation

In a noteworthy recent decision addressing the parameters of damages in commercial litigation, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) affirmed an order excluding expert testimony concerning future lost profits damages...more

An Estimate is Just That - The Seventh Circuit Highlights Several Important Lessons for Employers Navigating Intermittent FMLA...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently ruled on two important intermittent Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave issues in Hansen v. Fincantieri Marine Group. First, the court determined that the FMLA...more

Calderbank offers – Getting more bang for your buck

The cost-protective benefits of Calderbank offers are often more illusory than real. Courts will only award indemnity costs to the party making the offer where the party demonstrates that it was unreasonable for the other...more

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