Mealey's Daubert

  • September 21, 2023

    Florida Panel Reverses Order Denying Insurer’s Motion To Strike Expert Witness

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A Florida appeals panel on Sept. 20 held that a lower court erred in admitting insureds’ expert testimony in a windstorm coverage dispute, reversing an order denying the insurer’s motion to strike the expert witness and remanding for a new trial.

  • September 21, 2023

    Man Appeals Summary Judgment Grant, Expert Exclusion In Gun Design Defect Case

    OKLAHOMA CITY — A man who accidentally shot himself while removing a handgun from its holster filed a notice of appeal to the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals after a district court granted the gun manufacturer summary judgment and excluded his experts, who opined that the accident could have been prevented if the gun had been equipped with a manual safety.

  • September 21, 2023

    Maine Federal Judge OKs Troopers’ Designation As Experts In Civil Rights Case

    PORTLAND, Maine — A Maine federal judge said that a man’s objections to the expert designation of the state troopers he is suing for allegedly violating his civil rights is “understandable” but that the objection is “misplaced.”

  • September 20, 2023

    Health Care Provider Loses Bid To Exclude Causation Expert In Deadly Fall Case

    PHOENIX — An Arizona federal judge on Sept. 19 denied a motion for summary judgment after finding that a causation expert retained by the estate of an elderly woman who died after a fall while in the care of an in-home health aide can testify.

  • September 20, 2023

    Texas Federal Judge Agrees To Limit Expert Testimony In Slip-And-Fall Case

    HOUSTON — A doctor testifying on behalf of a woman who is suing after a fall in a Home Depot store can discuss his diagnosis and treatment plan but cannot opine on causation, a federal judge in Texas ruled.

  • September 20, 2023

    Arizona Federal Judge Rules On Dueling Motions To Exclude In Design Defect Case

    PHOENIX — A federal judge in Arizona has resolved challenges to three experts retained in a lawsuit alleging that a couple were injured when a tire on the recreational vehicle they were traveling in ruptured and the RV burst into flames.

  • September 19, 2023

    Efforts To Bar Experts In Disability Access On New York City Subways Suit Fail

    NEW YORK — A New York federal magistrate judge rejected renewed efforts by New York’s transportation authority to exclude experts retained by a group of disability advocate organizations alleging that the city failed to provide full accessibility to all users of the city’s subway system.

  • September 19, 2023

    Judge: Physician Can Testify On Patient’s Medical Needs But Not Fencing Needs

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A physician who has treated a child with special needs can testify about the child’s “propensity to behave a certain way or do certain things as a result of his special needs” but cannot opine on a type of fence he would require to maintain the child’s safety, a Tennessee federal judge ruled.

  • September 18, 2023

    Expert In Alleged Faulty Knee Implant Case Can Testify, Wash. Federal Judge Rules

    SEATTLE — A federal magistrate judge in Washington on Sept. 15 found that an expert retained by a patient who is suing a medical device manufacturer after a failed knee implant can base his conclusions on the notes of the surgeon and denied the manufacturer’s motion to exclude his testimony.

  • September 18, 2023

    Ga. Federal Judge:  Medical Examiner Can Testify That Taser Caused Man’s Death

    VALDOSTA, Ga. — The manufacturer of a Taser device on Sept. 15 lost its bid to exclude testimony from a medical examiner who opines that the deployment of the weapon was a contributing cause of a man’s death after a federal judge ruled that the testimony was not speculative and would be helpful to a jury.

  • September 15, 2023

    Parties Debate Admissibility Of Experts Under Daubert In Paraquat Litigation

    EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. — The plaintiffs who sued the makers of the pesticide paraquat and the companies themselves have filed competing briefs in Illinois federal court debating the admissibility of the plaintiffs’ expert witnesses under the Daubert standard.  The defendants say the plaintiffs’ general causation expert “offers a masterclass in violating Rule 702,” and the plaintiffs contend that the defendants’ arguments “have no basis in Seventh Circuit authority.”

  • September 13, 2023

    Judge Says Insurer Has No Duty To Defend In Wrongful Death Suit Against Architect

    TAMPA, Fla. — A Florida federal judge granted an insurer’s request for declaratory judgment that it has no duty to defend or indemnify its insured architect in a wrongful death suit filed against the architect by the family of a man who died while working on a construction project, finding that the architect “made material misrepresentations on the policy application that voided the policy under the rescission doctrine.”

  • September 13, 2023

    Judge Rules On 4 Motions To Exclude, Denies Summary Judgment In Injury Case

    SEATTLE — A Washington federal judge ruled that certain motions filed by Home Depot in a slip-and-fall case were attempts “to cloak an untimely discovery motion in the guise of a motion to exclude,” finding that experts retained by the man injured can testify.

  • September 13, 2023

    Judge Says Flint Plaintiffs’ Expert Opinion Is ‘Relevant And Admissible’

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A federal judge in Michigan who is presiding over the litigation related to the Flint lead-contaminated water crisis has denied an attempt by one of the defendants seeking to exclude a plaintiffs’ expert, ruling that his opinion is “relevant and admissible” because he opines only as to what the potential harm is, which is different from the issue of damages.

  • September 12, 2023

    Glyphosate Cancer Cases Remanded For Trial; Experts Survive Parties’ Opposition

    SAN FRANCISCO — A California federal judge on Sept. 11 remanded a glyphosate cancer lawsuit from the multidistrict litigation (MDL) for the herbicide Roundup to a federal court in Kentucky pursuant to a conditional remand order that covers multiple cases. In the case brought by the estate of Kenzie Elizabeth Murdock, the judge remanded after denying Monsanto Co.’s motion to exclude Murdock’s expert witness.

  • September 11, 2023

    Testimony In Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacement Device Case Limited In Federal Court

    PHOENIX — An Arizona federal judge agreed to limit expert testimony offered by a man alleging that a defective “metal-on-metal” hip replacement device caused an injury and barred another expert who previously served as a consultant for the device manufacturer from testifying/

  • September 06, 2023

    9th Circuit Remands Google Play Antitrust Appeal For Likely Class Decertification

    SAN FRANCISCO — In the wake of a California federal judge’s ruling excluding the opinions of an expert on which he previously relied in granting certification of a consumer class in the consolidated monopolization suit over Google LLC’s Play Store, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals granted Google’s motion to remand its appeal of the certification ruling for further proceedings.

  • September 01, 2023

    Federal Judge Rules On Motions To Exclude 3 Experts In Workplace Injury Case

    ATLANTA — An expert originally retained by plaintiffs in a workplace injury case is allowed to now testify for the defense, a Georgia federal judge ruled, also finding that one expert is excluded as unreliable but another based his conclusions on reliable information.

  • August 31, 2023

    Insurance Expert Is Admissible But Cautioned On Limits Of Testimony By Judge

    PHILADELPHIA — A federal judge in Pennsylvania denied a motion to exclude an expert on insurance industry standards in a bad faith dispute but ruled that the expert is barred from offering impermissible legal conclusions.

  • August 31, 2023

    Murder Conviction Affirmed After Indiana Appeals Court OKs Expert Testimony

    INDIANAPOLIS — A woman convicted of murder lost her appeal to an Indiana appeals court, which found no error in the trial court allowing expert testimony on data from the victim’s pacemaker.

  • August 30, 2023

    Minnesota Court:  Expert Testimony On ‘Novel Scientific Theory’ Properly Excluded

    ST. PAUL, Minn. — A Minnesota appeals court affirmed dismissal of a medical malpractice suit alleging a birth injury after finding no error in a lower court’s decision to exclude expert testimony.

  • August 30, 2023

    3rd Circuit Affirms Rulings Against Insured In Greenhouse Coverage Lawsuit

    PHILADELPHIA — Upholding rulings in favor of a insurer and reinsurer in a dispute concerning an ozone system failure in a basil-growing greenhouse, a Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Aug. 29 said in part that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in finding two proposed witnesses to be unqualified.

  • August 29, 2023

    Judge Denies Merck Summary Judgment In Mumps Vaccine Antitrust Class Action

    PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania federal judge has largely denied a motion by Merck & Co. Inc. to dismiss an antitrust complaint by three health care providers that Merck engaged in anti-competitive behavior to thwart a competitor and caused the providers to pay more for the childhood vaccine.

  • August 23, 2023

    Georgia Supreme Court: Law Enforcement Officer Subject To Full Daubert Inquiry

    ATLANTA — The Georgia Supreme Court found that “the well-established test governing the admissibility of expert testimony applies with equal force to investigating law enforcement officers,” reversing two lower courts that ruled that an officer is presumptively qualified as an expert.

  • August 21, 2023

    Alaska Federal Judge Limits Testimony Of Expert In Insurance Coverage Spat

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An insurance industry standards expert is not qualified to opine on building codes or construction, an Alaska federal judge ruled, also finding that testimony that constitutes a legal conclusion in a dispute over insurance coverage for a damaged roof is excluded.