Are Expert Witnesses The Backbone Of Toxic Torts?

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Written By: Ryan Jones
Articles Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

Recent federal court rulings in toxic tort litigations have “stressed the importance of the dose-response relationship and the need to carefully evaluate the level of exposure to pass the Daubert standard for expert witness admissibility under the Federal Rules of Evidence 702.”[1]  The dose-response methodology “studies the relationship between the quantity of a substance (dose) and its overall effect (response) on a person, and is the ‘hallmark of basic toxicology.’”[2]  Pursuant to the Daubert standard, “courts must assess whether the reasons or methodology underlying the expert testimony is scientifically valid and whether those reasons or methodologies can be properly applied to the facts at issue.” Continue reading “Are Expert Witnesses The Backbone Of Toxic Torts?”

PFAS – The Hidden Dangers of Innovation

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By: Alexandria Heard
Student Materials Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

Introduction

As the global economy grows in size and strength and the demand for better, cheaper products increases, businesses—big and small—work tirelessly to keep up the pace and satisfy the demand.  Continue reading “PFAS – The Hidden Dangers of Innovation”