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Expert Testimony Causation

Ninth Circuit Improperly Lowers Admissibility Bar for Expert Causation Testimony

by Foley Hoag LLP on

In Wendell v. GlaxoSmithKline LLC, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a trial court order that excluded expert testimony concerning the cause of a profoundly rare and deadly disease. The decision...more

Texas Supreme Court Clarifies When an Expert Opinion is Conclusory

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

Conclusory opinions, especially by experts, constitute no evidence. Two recent opinions from the Texas Supreme Court explain when an expert opinion is conclusory....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

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

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

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

Another One Bites the Dust: Plaintiff’s Causation Expert Excluded in Hernia Mesh Litigation

by Reed Smith on

We spent Sunday evening in the familiar confines of a top-notch local professional theatre. The production was a short (80-minute), two-character play. It was entirely dialogue-driven, so everything the audience learned came...more

Plaintiffs’ Causation Expert Renounces His Own Conclusions – and Withdraws – in Mirena IIH Litigation

by Reed Smith on

We have blogged before about the Mirena IUD litigation. Cases alleging injuries from device migration and uterine perforation were centralized in an MDL in the Southern District of New York but summary judgment was granted...more

Unreliable Expert Causation Evidence Ends Birth Defect Case

by Reed Smith on

We have posted several times in the last few years (like here, here, here, and here) about cases alleging birth defects from maternal SSRI use during pregnancy. Perhaps because of the inherent sympathy for the plaintiff...more

Reclast Plaintiff Experts Hobbled by Daubert

by Reed Smith on

We have long suspected that the reason some judges are hostile to Daubert is because application of the doctrine involves so much work. Rather than merely count whether there are enough other experts out there who seem to be...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

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

by Reed Smith on

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

by Locke Lord LLP on

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

Summary Judgment for All Pending Cases in The Mirena MDL

by Reed Smith on

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

Florida Appellate Court Applies State Daubert Test Retroactively to Exclude Expert and Dismiss Case

by Reed Smith on

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

Knee Implant MDL Judge Enters Aggressive Lone Pine Order

by Reed Smith on

We love Lone Pine orders. First of all, we love the name. Makes us think of a cowboy eating beans under a scraggly tree. On the prairie. Listening to Dolly Parton. We also love Dolly Parton, whom we saw in concert last week...more

French Supreme Court Ruling Clarifies Liability For Defective Products

by Reed Smith on

A February 25, 2016, decision by the French Supreme Court clarifies some conditions for the imposition of liability with respect to defective products in ways that may be surprising to those more accustomed to U.S. product...more

Defective products liability: new clarifications on the regime’s implementation

by Reed Smith on

In a ruling handed down on 25 February 2016, the Court of Cassation clarified the conditions for implementation of the defective products liability regime. In this case, a patient was prescribed Mediator treatment...more

First Circuit: Plaintiffs’ Specific Causation Expert Fails to Pass Muster in Benzene Case

by Reed Smith on

Last week, we (along with many of you, we assume) attended the DRI Drug and Medical Device conference in Chicago. We re-connected with friends dating to the beginning of our lengthy career (literally – ran into the head of...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

Gutsy Gatekeeping: Plaintiffs’ Experts Excluded in Lipitor MDL

by Reed Smith on

This week, as Drug and Device Law Jews, we are preparing for Passover, which, like most Jewish holidays, begins with a multi-generational dinner at the home of the Drug and Device Law Bubbie (our mother). Although we of the...more

So Long Zoloft MDL

by Reed Smith on

The Zoloft MDL has finally collapsed. We started to see the writing on the wall in June 2014, when the MDL judge ruled that none of the plaintiffs’ experts could testify that taking Zoloft while pregnant could cause birth...more

New Jersey Mesh Summary Judgment Hat Trick

by Reed Smith on

We’re pleased to report that good things continue to happen in Atlantic County product liability proceedings following recent judicial turnover. On February 19, 2016, the Reed Smith Bard/Davol defense team scored a hat trick...more

Good Things Sometimes Come in Big Packages: Mirena Daubert Rulings Favor the Defense -- Big Time

by Reed Smith on

We spend a large portion of our professional life preparing motions to exclude the testimony of plaintiffs’ experts in mass tort litigation. Our pleasure in reading today’s decision is no doubt a function of the frequent...more

Statutory Violation Does Not Establish Causation in Wrongful Death Action

In Anthony Toste v. CalPortland Construction, et al. (No. B256946, filed 3/2/16), the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District affirmed the power of the jury to determine causation as an issue of fact in a...more

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