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September 18, 2002
Jerome P. Kassirer, Joe S. Cecil

The Supreme Court, based on three decisions over the past decade, now requires judges to examine the underlying basis of all testimony to ensure that only expert testimony supported by valid methods if inquiry is introduced as evidence in litigation. Under these standards, expert testimony in the courtroom, including medical testimony, is supposed to meet the same standards of intellectual rigor that professionals use outside the courtroom. If expert testimony does not meet this standard, the courts are expected to exclude the testimony and may dismiss the case without trial.

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June 15, 2001
Laural L. Hooper, Joe S. Cecil, Thomas E. Willging

This report to the Judicial Conference Committee on Court Administration and Case Management describes two different types of independent panels used in the silicone gel breast implants litigation. The use of such panels of appointed experts represents a marked departure from the traditional means of presenting and considering testimony. This report describes these expert panels in sufficient detail to permit others to understand the procedures that were used, the benefits that resulted, and the problems that arose.

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January 1, 2000
Carol L. Krafka, Joe S. Cecil, Mary T. Johnson

In 1998, the Federal Judicial Center surveyed federal judges about their experiences with expert testimony in civil cases. Judges answered specific questions about their most recent relevant civil trial, as well as questions drawing on their overall experience with expert testimony in civil cases. The Center conducted a similar survey of judges in 1991, shortly before the Supreme Court issued a ruling in Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 509 U.S. 579 (1993).

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January 1, 2000
David Goodstein
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January 27, 1997
Joe S. Cecil, Thomas E. Willging

Letter to Professor Daniel J. Capra, Reporter, Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Rules of Evidence.

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