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Expert Testimony:
General Electric Co. v. Joiner

Appealed From: U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
Subjects: Appellate Review; Evidence; Federal Rules of Evidence; Occupational Safety and Health

Argued: Oct. 14, 1997

Decided: Dec. 5, 1997
Vote: 9-0
At Issue: Based on an earlier Supreme Court decision, what is the standard for appealing trial court decisions that exclude expert testimony?

Decision: In a unanimous decision, the court overturned part of the lower court's decision, ruling that trial judges can specify the kind of scientific testimony that juries can hear.

Read the full text of the General Electric Co. v. Joiner decision at the FindLaw Internet Legal Resources Web site.

Read the lower court decision on the the U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit's Web site.

Read the full text of the 1993 precedent case, Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals Inc. 509 U.S. 579, at the FindLaw Internet Legal Resources Web site.


Background from The Post
Trial Judges Have Wide Discretion On Scientific Testimony, Court Says (Dec. 16, 1997)

Sources: The Washington Post, Supreme Court, The United States Law Week (a Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. publication)


© Copyright 1997 The Washington Post Company

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