Daubert Shorts – Recent Opinions on Motions to Exclude Expert Witness Testimony

  1. Valdes v. Miami-Dade County et al – United States District Court – District of Southern Florida – November 6th, 2015 – This case involves an alleged violation of civil rights.  The plaintiff sought to exclude the expert witness testimony of  Dr. Jason Buchwald, a forensic & laboratory testing expert witness, based on speculative and conclusory opinions as well as lack of qualification.  The motion to strike the expert witness testimony was denied by the court.
  2.  Bailey v. Stanley Access Techs., Inc – United States District Court – District Court of Northern Mississippi – November 6th, 2015 – In this personal injury case involving an automatic sliding door in a hotel, numerous experts were called to produce testimony.  The defendants filed a motion to exclude the testimony of Warren Davis, Phd as a physics expert witness.    The plaintiff has filed a motion to exclude the testimony of David Sitter, an electrical engineering expert witness.  In addition, one defendant (Stanley) objects to four parts of Michael Panish, the other defendant’s doors expert witness.  All three expert witness testimonies were granted in part and denied in part.
  3. Michael F. Abrams, et al., Plaintiffs, -vs- Nucor Steel Marion, Inc. – United States District Court – Northern District of Ohio – November 9th, 2015 – This property damage/trespass case involves the release of manganese from a steel plant.  The plaintiffs have hired Dr. Jonathan Rutchik (a neurology expert witness), Lance Traves (an environmental expert witness), Craig Cantrall (a real estate agent expert witness).  The defendant filed motions to exclude the testimony of each witness.