Thursday, February 26, 2004

IBM "Clean Room" Trial in Santa Clara Goes to Jury

According to the New York Times, jurors have begun deliberations in the Santa Clara trial of claims by IBM workers who say their non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and breast cancer were caused by exposure to workplace chemicals. Per the Times: "The outcome could be far-reaching for the technology industry because the chemicals involved were widely used in electronics manufacturing in the 1970's and 1980's."
Fed. R. Evid. 702: If scientific, technical, or other specialized knowledge will assist the trier of fact to understand the evidence or to determine a fact in issue, a witness qualified as an expert by knowledge, skill, experience, training, or education, may testify thereto in the form of an opinion or otherwise, if (1) the testimony is based upon sufficient facts or data, (2) the testimony is the product of reliable principles and methods, and (3) the witness has applied the principles and methods reliably to the facts of the case.