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Expert Testimony

Plaintiff in Gridiron Battle Over Place of Expert Testimony in Software Copyright Claim Requests Supreme Court to Be Referee

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The software engineer who first coded the popular “John Madden Football” (now Madden NFL) computer video game has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to allow expert witness testimony to support his software copyright claim, over 25...more

Robinson v. Azer

Court's ruling on motion for new trial and/or remittitur of a record personal injury verdict, on 7/20/2017

This transcript is the trial court's ruling denying a defendant's motion for new trial and/or remittitur of the verdict amount ($8.35 million, a record in this court) in a medical malpractice case brought for a man whose...more

Robinson v. Azer

Plaintiffs’ Opposition To Motion For Remittitur Or New Trial

This brief was filed in successful opposition to a defense motion for new trial or to reduce a large verdict for the plaintiffs in a medical malpractice trial in the District of Columbia in 2017. The brief addresses issues...more

Causation Testimony Excluded in Heart-Lung Bypass Machine Death Case – Again

by Reed Smith on

Not even three weeks ago, back on July 28, we discussed the court’s rigorous application of Daubert in excluding expert medical causation opinions in Smith v. Terumo Cardiovascular Sys. Corp., a federal case in the district...more

Genentech to Defend 3 of 4 Herceptin® Patents Challenged by Hospira

by Jones Day on

At least 19 IPRs have been filed against seven of Genentech’s patents covering its blockbuster antibody drug Herceptin® (trastuzumab). On July 27, 2017, the PTAB instituted IPRs filed by Hospira, Inc. (a subsidiary of Pfizer)...more

Board Was Mixed Up Over Blender Patent

In Homeland Housewares, LLC v. Whirlpool Corp., [2016-1511] (August 4, 2017), the Federal Circuit reversed the PTAB’s determination that Whirlpool’s U.S. Patent No. 7,581,688 relating to a household blender was not...more

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

Defence & Indemnity - June 2017: III. QUANTUM/DAMAGES ISSUES: Saadati v. Moorhead, 2017 SCC 28, per Brown, J. [4238]

by Field Law on

III. QUANTUM/DAMAGES ISSUES - A. The SCC has watered down the test for compensable psychological injury and done away with the need for expert evidence to establish it. Saadati v. Moorhead, 2017 SCC 28, per Brown, J....more

Expert Testimony Regarding Positive Marijuana Tests May Not be Admissible in Motor Vehicle Accident Litigation

by Selman Breitman LLP on

As states trend towards legalizing recreational use of marijuana—recreational marijuana use is legal in Alaska, California, Colorado, D.C., Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington—the need for a reliable test for...more

Causation Testimony Excluded as “Unhelpful” and “Unreliable” in Heart-Lung Machine Death Case

by Reed Smith on

One of the wonders of parenthood is its ability to deliver interludes so sublime in their exquisite simplicity that they provoke smiles long after they end. Such was an evening last week when we journeyed to New York to...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending July 14 & 21, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Standing: note owner had constructive possession of promissory note in original servicer’s physically possession of blank-endorsed note when it filed the complaint, and had standing to...more

Maine Court Holds That Expert Testimony is Required to Prove Causation in Legal Malpractice Action

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Brooks v. Lemieux, 2017 WL 1056194 (Me. 2017) - Brief Summary - The Maine Supreme Judicial Court recently held that expert testimony based on supporting facts in the record was required to prove causation between an...more

Vermont Says Court Can’t Force Defendant To Start the Arbitration, Plus Arbitration Decisions from Other State Courts

I declare this the Summer of Arbitration. It’s not as sexy as the Summer of Love (which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, btw http://www.sftravel.com/summer-love-2017), but there has to be some recognition of the avalanche...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

A Victory for Reliable Scientific Opinion in the Third Circuit

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

A recent Third Circuit decision reinforces that courts must rigorously review - and opposing parties should challenge - the reliability of experts' methodologies. In In re Zoloft (Sertraline Hydrochloride) Products Liability...more

Known Solution to General Problem Provides Sufficient Motivation to Modify Prior Art

by Jones Day on

In a final written decision in Bass, et al., v. Fresenius Kabi USA, LLC (IPR2016-00254), the PTAB found that the challenged claims of Fresenius’s U.S. Patent No. 8,476,010, directed to a sterile pharmaceutical composition of...more

Ontario Court of Appeal Confirms Ongoing “Gatekeeper” Function in Respect of Expert Evidence

In its recent decision in Bruff-Murphy v. Gunawardena (Bruff-Murphy), the Court of Appeal for Ontario (Court) set aside a jury award and ordered a new trial on the basis that the trial judge did not correctly apply the...more

User’s Guide to Recent Revisions in the Commercial Division Rules

Since its formation in 1995, the Commercial Division has seen an increase in the number and complexity of cases being filed. In response to this change, New York’s then Chief Judge created a Task Force on Commercial...more

Know Your Options When Your Insurer “Low-Balls” Your Uninsured Motorist Claim!

Woodland Hills personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg loves handling Uninsured Motorist claims because it is one of the few circumstances where the insured has leverage over his or her insurance company. Barry definitely...more

Third Circuit Gets Right Result In Affirming Daubert Exclusion

by Reed Smith on

Earlier this week, we posted on the Ninth Circuit’s conversion of the Daubert’s gate (that the trial court should keep) into more of a swinging saloon door. A week before the Ninth Circuit ruled that a trial court had erred...more

“You Can’t Beat Something with Nothing”: 7th Cir. Explains the Importance of Disclosing Experts

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Some cases present issues that are difficult for the parties to litigate or for the courts to decide. But those cases tend to be the exception. Much of litigation—at least when practiced successfully—requires the mastery of a...more

Ninth Circuit Reverses Daubert Exclusion

by Reed Smith on

Let’s start with a shameless plug: the author of this post, along with Sean Wajert (Shook Hardy & Bacon), will present a Strafford webinar on June 21 entitled, “Daubert/Frye Motions in Product Liability Litigation: Bringing...more

Chief Judge Stark Denies Plaintiff’s And Defendant’s Motions To Exclude Each Others Damages Experts’ Opinions

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

By Memorandum Opinion entered by The Honorable Leonard P. Stark in Intel Corp. v. Future Link Systems, LLC, Civil Action No. 14-377-LPS (D.Del. June 1, 2017), the Court denied (1) the motion of Plaintiff Intel Corporation to...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

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