Policyholders Chip Away at Flood Exclusions
January 24, 2006
After every major disaster involving extensive flooding, politicians and class-action lawyers take aim at the flood exclusion in homeowners' policies, looking for ways to overcome decades of legal precedent supporting the exclusion.
Are Lawyers Picking the Wrong Experts?
January 17, 2006
In choosing an expert in patent litigation, the lawyer's gut instinct is often as important as the expert's scientific savvy. Unfortunately, lawyers may get it wrong on both counts if they are unsure of what qualifications to look for at the outset.
Scripting an Expert Witness May Produce a Tragedy
November 8, 2005
How do you fit a square expert witness into a round case? You don't, of course, but many lawyers make the mistake of trying. Rather than tailor their theory of the case to fit the expert's opinion, they try to shape the expert's opinion to fit their theory.
After Katrina, Will Experts Grow Scarce?
September 7, 2005
As insurers and legal professionals begin to sift through damage claims in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the demand for experts in key areas is likely to be unprecedented. The sheer volume of cases could quickly drain the pool of qualified experts, leaving lawyers in the lurch.
Play Nice with Experts – And Help Yourself
July 27, 2005
We all heard it as kids: "Share your toys." But what about in our professional lives? Law firms have sophisticated "toys" – hardware, software and resources – that experts often lack. Share these with your experts and you will see the return in lower costs and more certain results.
Finding No Facts to Support Expert’s Opinion, Court Orders New Trial in Fen-Phen Cases
June 14, 2005
Finding no medical or factual basis for an expert's opinion that drugmaker Wyeth missed signals about the danger of a diet drug, a Pennsylvania judge set aside a $1.36 million verdict for three plaintiffs and ordered a new trial on the issue of Wyeth's liability.