Friday, February 13, 2004

Live Testimony Concludes in CA Trial of Toxic Tort Claims by IBM Employees

In the California trial of claims by IBM employees that exposure to chemicals in IBM "clean rooms" caused their cancers, the defense has presented its final live witness: toxicologist John Whysner, who opined that the exposures played no causal role. Closing arguments are scheduled for next week. The San Jose Mercury News has the story.
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.