Contracts Expert Witness & Oracular Milwaukee, Inc. Case

In 2003, Racine County requested bids for a consultant to upgrade its software and train its employees in using it. Oracular Milwaukee, Inc. was awarded the contract. But the project didn’t go as planned, and Racine sued Oracular for breach of contract and statutory misrepresentation. In a case decided April 2, the Wisconsin Supreme Court concluded that the issues at stake were not so complex as to require testimony from a contracts expert witness.

The court wrote: “[W]e do not close the door to the possibility that expert testimony may later assist the trier of fact in evaluating Racine County’s breach of contract claim. Our point is only that in the posture of summary judgment, Racine County was not required to name an expert witness as a matter of law.”

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