Thursday, May 24, 2012

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Addresses Admissibility of Expert Opinions in Products Cases

Here's a LINK to an excellent post from the Drug and Device Law Blog by Attorney James Beck of the Philadelphia office of the Reed Smith law firm on the just handed down Pennsylvania Supreme Court opinion in the case of Betz v. Pneumo Abex LLC, No. 38 WAP 2010 (Pa. May 23, 2012)(slip op.) regarding asbestos-related products liability expert issues under a Frye analysis.

As noted in the Drug and Device Law Blog post, although the context of this case centers around asbestos litigation, the reasoning of the opinion could have implications in all products cases (and even other types of cases) in terms of the test for the admissibility of a particular expert's opinion, particularly on a novel scientific theory.  I note that the Drug and Device Law Blog post also has a link within it to the Betz opinion by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

I give a tip of the hat to Attorney Beck for allowing me to bring his post to your attention with this link.

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