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Toxic Tort and Environmental Litigation: Court of Appeals Revisits and Clarifies Causation Requirements for Expert Opinions

Causation is the crux of any toxic tort litigation. The Court of Appeals’ recent decision in Cornell v. 360 West 51st Street Realty, LLC, No. 16 (N.Y. Mar. 27, 2014) underscores that principle and revisits the causation...more

Infringement Expert Excluded Where Expert Did Nothing More Than Parrot Claim Language in Infringement Analysis

Plantronics, Inc. ("Plantronics") filed a patent infringement action against ALIPH, Inc. ("ALIPH"). After expert reports were submitted, ALIPH moved to exclude the expert report of Plantronics' infringement expert. At...more

En Banc Ninth Circuit Adds Teeth To Daubert Gatekeeping Obligation

On January 15, the en banc US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a decision in Barabin v. AstenJohnson, Inc. that significantly strengthened and expanded the gatekeeper role of both trial and appellate courts in...more

Don't Rely On Your Expert's Speculation To Save You From Summary Judgment

Just because an expert says something is so doesn't mean that it is. That's the lesson of Judge Gale's ruling last week in Carter v. Clements Walker. He rejected the evidentiary value of an expert's report stating that...more

Expert Testimony Recommending Vapor Intrusion Study is Insufficient Evidence of Health Effects, Does Not Trigger Need for EIR

After the Berkeley City Council (“City”) approved a mixed-use commercial and residential project on the site of a former car dealership and service garage, a community group sued, claiming that pre-existing contamination on...more

Filing Damage Expert's Reports Under Seal: Some Bright Line Rules

There are two trends increasing the costs of patent litigation. The first is the increased use of Daubert motions to exclude the opinion of opposing damage experts as unqualified or unreliable. The practical result...more

Taser Takes Down Expert in Patent Infringement Action Where Electrical Engineer Was Not Qualified to Offer Expert Opinions on...

Taser International, Inc. ("Taser') proceeded to trial on its patent infringement action against Karbon Arms, LLC ("Karbon Arms"). After expert reports and with the trial approaching, Taser filed a motion to exclude the...more

Threshold for Admissibility of Expert Opinion Affirmed by Pennsylvania Appellate Court

Pennsylvania’s intermediate appellate court recently affirmed an order granting summary judgment for Rohm and Haas (R&H) in a chemical exposure wrongful death action, finding the plaintiff’s expert’s opinion regarding...more

Kimberly-Clark v. First Quality: District Court Excludes Expert Testimony on Obviousness for Failure to Include the Opinion on...

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc. ("Kimberly-Clark) filed a patent infringement action against First Quality Baby Products, LLC ("First Quality") over a variety of patents relating to disposable absorbent products, such as...more

Pennsylvania Continues Trend of Stricter Review of Experts in Product Liability and Toxic Tort Cases

For years, plaintiffs in product liability and toxic tort cases have viewed Pennsylvania's state court system as a favorable forum. Over the past year and a half, however, the Pennsylvania appellate courts have issued...more

Federal Circuit to Review Virginia Court's Decision Excluding Expert Report and Testimony Due to Failure to Apportion Royalty Base...

At the behest of Facebook, Inc., a defendant in a patent infringement case, a Virginia court excluded the report and testimony of a damages expert because the expert failed to apportion the revenue to the features causing the...more

Differentiating Between Junk Science and Admissible Expert Opinion in Pennsylvania

In environmental personal injury cases, proof of causation is key and that causation almost always hinges on expert opinion. A recent appellate decision in Pennsylvania in Snizavich v. Rohm and Haas Company provides useful...more

Attorney Argument in Preliminary Response Continues to be Trumped by Expert Evidence from Petition

Challenging two patents with a common parent application, Butamax Advanced Biofuels was able to get 28 challenged claims of one Gevo patent and 18 challenged claims of a second into separate trials for inter partes review, in...more

Business Litigation Report -- October 2013

In This Issue: Firm News: ..Quinn Emanuel’s London Office Continues Expansion with Addition of Leading Litigator Ted Greeno ..Jennifer Kash and Diane Doolittle Named Top Women Leaders in Technology Law...more

Sargon Enterprises, Inc. v. University of Southern California: A New “Gatekeeper” Role for the Admission of Expert Testimony in...

What is the likely effect of the California Supreme Court’s decision in Sargon Enterprises, Inc. v. University of Southern California (“USC”), 55 Cal. 4th 747 (2012), on the admissibility of expert testimony in California?...more

Working with Experts: Are we off the record? (Presentation)

In this Presentation: - Summary of Key Changes in Rule 26 - FRCP 26(a)(2)- Disclosure - Rule 26(b)(4) Trial Preparation: Experts - Checklist of Suggested Practices - Excerpt from Summary of...more

Working with Experts: Are We Off the Record?

I. INTRODUCTION - Working with expert witnesses can be one of the most vexing aspects of a litigator’s job. The real or perceived need for expert testimony has grown to the point that experts are involved in many if...more

Damage Expert Stricken without Leave to Amend after District Court Determines That Expert Over Reached by Using Entire Market...

As this patent infringement action moved closer to trial, the parties filed various motions in limine, including defendant Fortinet Inc.'s motion to strike the report and expert testimony of Network Protection Sciences, LLC's...more

Short Wins - A Twofer Week

Due to my own sloth, we're presenting two weeks of short wins in one post. Here it is! There are some good cases here, featuring the Armed Career Criminal Act, the Fourth Amendment, and law enforcement agents...more

BakerHostetler Patent Watch: Rembrandt Vision Techs., Inc. v. Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.

An expert witness may not testify to subject matter beyond the scope of the witness's expert report unless the failure to include that information in the report was "substantially justified or harmless."...more

Florida High Court to Clarify Content of Pre-Suit Expert Affidavits in Medical Malpractice Cases

Florida has established a statutory framework for the pre-suit investigation of medical malpractice cases. See §766.201-.212, Fla. Stat. Part of that framework requires that a claimant, prior to noticing its intent to...more

Expanded Use of Special Masters

During the last 10 years, we have witnessed expanded and more complex caseloads in both the federal and state court systems. Due to the proliferation of issues, which are beyond the scope of traditional courts, in areas...more

Environmental Nuisance Claims — It Helps To Have Experts

The old warning that “past performance is no guarantee of future results” apparently applies not only to investments but also to environmental nuisance suits in Tennessee. ...more

Pennsylvania Federal Court Precludes Testimony of Proposed Bad Faith Expert for the Second Time

In the recent decision of Schifino v. GEICO General Ins. Co. et al., 2013 WL 2404115 (W.D.Pa. 2013), and for the second time in less than a year, the district court for the Western District of Pennsylvania precluded a...more

Florida Expert Evidence 2.0 - The Frye to Daubert Upgrade

On June 4, 2013, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed HB 70151 (renumbered as Chapter 2013-107) into law amending Florida Statutes §§ 90.702 and 90.704 to conform with the federal evidentiary standard articulated in Daubert v....more

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