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Daubert Digest

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The Fish Daubert Digest summarizes decisions regarding the admissibility of expert testimony. It includes decisions in every area of law, from patent infringement to products liability, and is updated as new decisions are published. Summaries for decisions on patent infringement damages are linked from the Fish & Richardson damages blog.

Name Date Court Area of Law Judge Expert Area of Expertise Grounds Outcome
Patricia Cabrera v. Wal-Mart Stores East, L.P. 11/11/2016 D.N.M. Torts, Negligence, Personal Injury Ronald Beethe Medical, Industrial Hygiene, Accident Investigation, Risk Assessment, Regulatory Compliance Analysis and Auditing, Occupational Safety, Occupational Health Irrelevant, Prejudicial, Improper Methodology/Improper Application of Methodology Denied
Chrimar Systems, Inc. v. Adtran, Inc. 11/7/2016 E.D. Tex. Patent John D. Love Vijay Madisetti Networks/Computer Engineering Lack of Qualifications, Improper Matter for Expert Opinion Denied
Gumwood HP Shopping Partners, L.P. v. Simon Property Group, Inc. 10/19/2016 N.D. Ind. Antitrust Jon E. Deguilio Dr. H.E. Frech III, Dr. Michael R. Baye Economics, Antitrust Liability Irrelevant, Lack of Qualifications, Improper Legal Conclusion, Improper Matter for Expert Opinion, Improper subject matter Granted in part, Denied in part
Daniel Whalen v. CSX Transportation, Inc. 9/29/2016 S.D.N.Y. Negligence, Product Liability, Personal Injury, Federal Employers Liability Henry Pitman Dr. Jeffrey Ketchman, Dr. Theresa Bellingar, Dr. Jamie R. Williams Labor, Ergonomics Irrelevant, Improper Methodology/Improper, Lack of Qualifications, Improper Methodology/Improper Application of Methodology, Improper Matter for Expert Opinion, Improper subject matter Granted in part, Denied in part
Mark Barry, M.D. v. Medtronic, Inc. 9/20/2016 E.D. Tex. Patent Infringement Ron Clark Nicholas Godici Patent Practice and Procedure Irrelevant, Cumulative, Improper subject matter Granted
LoggerHead Tools, LLC v. Sears Holdings Corporation and Apex Tool Group, LLC 9/20/2016 N.D. Ill. Patent Infringement John W. Darrah Dr. Frank Fronczak Mechanical Engineering Design Irrelevant, Improper Methodology/Improper Application of Methodology Granted in part, Denied in part
Trinidad v. Moore 9/20/2016 M.D. Al. Torts W. Harold Albritton Jon P. Dillard Automotive Industry Irrelevant, Insufficient Data, Improper Methodology/Improper Application of Methodology Granted in part, Denied in part
Poolworks, Inc. v. Aquafin, Inc. 8/30/2016 D.V.I. Torts, Product Liability Wilma A. Lewis Skip Phillips Pool Construction/Materials Irrelevant, Insufficient Data, Improper Methodology/Improper Application of Methodology Denied
Chong v. STL International, Inc. et al. 8/10/2016 D. Or. Torts, Product Liability Michael H. Simon Neurosurgical Irrelevant, Insufficient Data, Improper Methodology/Improper Granted
Grubbs v. Target 8/8/2016 N.D. Tex. Negligence, Premises Liability Barbara M.G. Lynn Fall Prevention and Premises Safety Irrelevant, Lack of Qualifications, Untimely Disclosure Denied
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The Daubert Standard

In Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 509 U.S. 579 (1993), the Supreme Court announced the standard for determining whether expert testimony meets the requirements of Federal Rule of Evidence 702.

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