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Michael Lynch, Simon A. Cole, and Ruth McNally

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226498065

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226498089.001.0001

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Admissibility, Controversy, and Judicial Metascience

Admissibility, Controversy, and Judicial Metascience

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(p.69) Interlude B Admissibility, Controversy, and Judicial Metascience
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DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226498089.003.0004

This chapter summarizes key U.S. federal legal decisions about the admissibility of expert evidence. It analyzes the Supreme Court cases Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Kumho Tire v. Carmichael, and Frye v. United States. The chapter suggests that the Frye case established a rule for determining the admissibility of expert testimony while the Daubert and Kumho decisions provided trial judges with grounds for restricting the admissibility of scientific evidence in civil cases, thus relieving the burdens imposed on civil defendants in “toxic torts.”

Keywords:   federal legal decisions, expert evidence, Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Kumho Tire, Frye, expert testimony, scientific evidence, civil cases, toxic torts

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