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Experts Articles
    • Ruling On Class Action Experts Standard Under Attack

      A 9th U.S. Circuit ruling on the standard of expert evidence required to certify a class action - one that resulted in approval of the largest class action in history - has come under heavy criticism -- most recently from a lower federal court within that very circuit.

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    • Expert Testimony Decisive Factor in TiVo Echostar Case
      TiVo Inc. scored a major victory in its four-year patent fight with rival EchoStar when the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a jury verdict for TiVo of $74 million - with interest now estimated at $94 million.

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    • Expert Witnesses Central to Two Huge Sanction Awards
      February delivered a double-whammy to Medtronic Inc., after two federal courts in two states separately slapped it with significant sanctions over its litigation tactics in patent cases, even as the company scored a huge victory in the Supreme Court.

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    • Expert Standards: Daubert Motions Require Full Hearings
      Courts must provide litigants with an opportunity to be heard before ruling on the admissibility of expert testimony - and in all but exceptional cases that requires courts to hold hearings with full briefing and argument, the Supreme Court of Mississippi ruled in an en banc opinion issued October 4th.

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    • Stages of the Expert Witness and Attorney Relationship
      The words expert and witness are often joined together, as if the purpose of the expert is to be a witness at a trial. But most cases are settled without trial, so why do they call us witnesses? Here is a two-part chronology of the stages of expert-attorney relationship which explains some of what is really happening (or not).

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    • Conflicting Experts Preclude Patent Summary Judgment
      It is a common litigation scenario: One side's expert says one thing while the other side's says just the opposite. But when - as in patent cases - expert opinion is so critical to the outcome, is summary judgment possible when the two experts disagree?

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    • Expert Witness Reports: Should Lawyers Keep Hands Off?

      Hands off or hands on? That is the question for litigators and experts alike as to the lawyer's role in writing the expert's report.

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    • US Patent Reform Bill Implications

      Long-debated legislation to overhaul the nation's patent system could be headed soon to a vote by the full U.S. Senate, after the Senate Judiciary Committee announced bipartisan agreement on a compromise bill. Included in the bill are key provisions that could directly impact the use of expert witnesses in patent cases. Most notably, the bill would require judges to be more watchful gatekeepers in advance of trials, screening out unfounded theories of damages. It also would allow them to break trials into sequences, hearing evidence on damages only after the patent's validity and infringement are established.

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    • Prepping an Expert Witness: How Far Is Too Far?
      At what point does preparing an expert to testify cross over into coaching? And at what point does coaching cross the line into unethical activity? One legal scholar called witness coaching the dirty secret of the U.S. adversary system. But because lawyers prepare witnesses in private, only a handful of the most egregious cases have resulted in ethics charges.

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    • Surviving Daubert: Bad Benchmarking by Expert Witnesses Puts Cases at Risk

      Expert witnesses often make critical mistakes that put litigation at risk.

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