Saturday, April 08, 2006

"Legal Affairs Debate Club" Tackles Party-Funded Science

A reader has drawn our attention to a lively Legal Affairs Debate Club exchange on the subject of scientific research funded by corporations in anticipation of litigation.


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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.