Monday, November 29, 2004

Life in Vaccine Court

Today's LA Times has one story on the obstacles currently facing claimants under the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, and another on some of the reasons why they have an uphill battle finding experts who will testify on their behalf.

Update 12/1/04: Here's a piggyback press release from the National Autism Society.

Update 12/2/04: And here's Walter Olson's take.


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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.