Articles by Bruce Burk

The History of Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals

Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals is the seminal case involving the admission of scientific expert testimony. The plaintiff party consisted of the parents of two minor children who claimed that the mother’s ingestion of Benedictin caused the children to have…

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$15 Million Johnson & Johnson Pelvic Mesh Verdict in New Jersey

In Bergen County, New Jersey, a jury handed down a $15 million verdict against Ethicon, a company owned by Johnson and Johnson, based on defective pelvic mesh implants that caused plaintiff Elizabeth Hrymoc chronic pain. Pelvic mesh implants are used…

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9 Personal Qualities You Should Look for in an Expert Witness

In any area of the law, the quality of expert witnesses can range from excellent to very poor. Moreover, attorneys can spend thousands of dollars for an expert opinion that they need to prove their case. But while obvious qualifications…

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$247 Million Verdict for Recipients of Defective DePuy Hip Implants

On November 16th, a federal jury in Dallas, TX told Johnson & Johnson and their subsidiary DePuy that they need to pay six patients a total of $247 million due to hip implants that turned out to be defective. The…

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MDL Update: Mylan EpiPen and Proton-Pump Inhibitor Litigation

EpiPen Price Hiking by Mylan (2:17-md-2785) Mylan NV, a large pharmaceutical company is now dealing with a class action lawsuit regarding the price of EpiPen allergy medication that went up from $100 to $600 in recent years. The EpiPen assists…

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Uber To Pay $20 Million To End TCPA Suit Over Unwanted Text Messages

On August 11, 2017 Uber came to an agreement to pay $20 million to settle a class action lawsuit that accused Uber of sending text messages to drivers and riders without their permission. The lawsuit did not have any guarantees…

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Jury Awards $417 Million to Plaintiff in Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Suit

On August 21, 2017, a Los Angeles jury awarded a $417 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson based upon their failure to warn an elderly woman who had terminal ovarian cancer about the potential risks posed by using their talcum…

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Advanced Expert Deposition Techniques – Moving Beyond the Basics

Depositions are arguably the most important method of discovery with respect to the testimony of expert witnesses. However, every case is unique and the testimony of expert witnesses is anything but monolithic. As a result, an attorney seeking to depose…

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What is a Forensic Scientist?

Forensic Scientists are technical experts that can aid in criminal and other legal investigations by processing evidence collected by police and investigators. As such, Forensic Scientists are instrumental in the charging, convicting, and potentially acquitting of many criminal defendants. Becoming…

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How to Qualify an Expert Witness: A Sample Voir Dire

One of the most important aspects of working with an expert witness in litigation is making sure that your expert gets properly qualified to testify in court through the voir dire process. This article will jumpstart your expert qualification process…

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