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Expert evidence, hot-tubbing and expert determinations

Experts play an important role in helping to resolve the technical disputes common to the construction and engineering industry: their evidence can make or break a claim or contribute to an early settlement. Civil Procedure...more

DC High Court Adopts Daubert Approach to Expert Testimony in Win for Wireless Industry

In an immediate victory for mobile phone manufacturers and service providers, and with implications for any other case involving expert testimony in the District of Columbia, the District of Columbia’s highest court abandoned...more

Expert Who Admitted That He Was Unqualified and That His Opinions Lacked Methodology Not Allowed to Testify in Zoloft Litigation.

Last week, the Drug and Device Law Lifelong BFF asked us if we were interested in a quick trip to New York to use tickets for an early morning taping of “Live with Kelly.” Sure, we said – sounds like fun. And so, after...more

ADA Allows Sleep Apnea Test for Obese Driver

Almost since the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act, motor carriers and drivers have clashed over the carriers’ ability to exclude drivers from service based on health issues. Many of these controversies have...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

District Court Precludes Damage Expert from Using a Settlement Agreement to Derive a Reasonable Royalty Calculation Where Expert...

MAX Encryption Technologies ("MAZ") filed a patent infringement action against Blackberry for patent entitled "Method of Transparent Encryption and Decryption for an Electronic Document Management System," U.S. Patent No....more

Put Up or Pay Up: Mentor Obtape MDL Judge Promises Sanctions to Plaintiff Attorneys Filing Meritless Cases

We spend the vast bulk of our professional life working in the context of MDLs. We know the drill: plaintiff lawyers file hundreds or thousands or tens of thousands of cases. At some point, the cream rises to the top in...more

New Jersey Judge Tosses Ovarian Cancer Talc Cases Based on “Narrow and Shallow” Testimony of Plaintiffs’ Experts

A New Jersey judge has dismissed two lawsuits where plaintiffs alleged that talcum powder caused their ovarian cancer. The cases were consolidated in Atlantic County before Judge Nelson C. Johnson as part of New Jersey’s...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

Product Liability Update: April 2016

Massachusetts Superior Court Rejects “Innovator Liability” Failureto-Warn Claim, Holds Branded Pharmaceutical Manufacturer Owed No Duty to Plaintiff Alleging Injury From Equivalent Generic Drug That Copied Defendant’s...more

Court Rules in Favor of Investment Adviser after Trial in Section 36(b) Excessive Fee Case

In a case closely watched by the mutual fund industry, the federal district court in New Jersey ruled on Thursday in favor of a mutual fund’s investment adviser and against the shareholders who had brought the lawsuit under...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

The Science Behind Expert Disqualification

Basic Test - Why stop at excluding expert testimony when you can exclude the expert? For years, expert witness conflicts doctrine has been developed through the federal common law. Although appellate courts have been...more

Northern District of California “Shuts Out” Minor League Ballplayers’ Experts

Minor league baseball players took a swing at class certification, and they missed—badly. In Senne v. Kansas City Royals Baseball Corp., et al., minor league baseball players across the country asserted wage and hour...more

Icon Health & Fitness, Inc. v. Polar Electro Oy (Fed. Cir. 2016); Icon Health & Fitness, Inc. v. Garmin Int'l., Inc. (Fed. Cir....

In parallel decisions regarding litigation over the same patent, the Federal Circuit affirmed a District Court decision that the claims were invalid for indefiniteness under 35 U.S.C. § 112(b). This decision, expressly...more

Summary Judgment for All Pending Cases in The Mirena MDL

We often lament, in our curmudgeonly way, that plaintiffs in obviously lacking cases get chance after chance to keep going, all the while imposing costs and risks on the defendants and a burdens on court dockets. Plaintiffs...more

If Your Expert Doesn’t Know the Product he is Testifying on, You’re Gonna Have a Bad Time

Most will remember the case McDougall v. Black & Decker Canada Inc. as being the leading Alberta case on the issue of spoliation. A fire occurred which burned down the Plaintiffs' house. The Fire Department who initially...more

Case Law Update: Rainey v. City of Charlotte

Rainey v. City of Charlotte (5/17/16) - This case the North Carolina Court of Appeals analyzed N.C. Gen. Stat. §97-58 and the statutory time limit to file an occupational disease. The Court dismissed an injured worker’s...more

Defence & Indemnity - April 2016: III. QUANTUM/DAMAGES ISSUES: B.

The Court overtly accepted the Plaintiff’s expert testimony and criticized well-known defence experts with regard to whether the Plaintiff’s injuries were minor and whether fibromyalgia can be caused by trauma Jones v....more

Evidence Alley: Lightweight Fabric: Admissibility versus Weight at the PTAB

Many parties in front of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Board) struggle with the handling of evidentiary issues. This struggle is heightened when expert evidence is the focus. In Tietex International, Ltd. v. Precision...more

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

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

Expert’s Failure to Test Theory No “Silver Bullet” for Defense

The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit recently held that an expert offering opinions on a proposed safer alternative design in a product liability matter does not need to perform any testing of the...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

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