Articles by Victoria Langley

Young Jeopardy! Winner’s Parents File Medical Malpractice Suit

Now, Brayden’s parents, Scott and Deborah Smith have filed a lawsuit in Clark County District Court against the hospital, doctors, nurses, and others. The lawsuit alleges the defendants failed to meet the standard of care after Brayden’s surgery. At the…

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Early Case Research: Where Expert Witnesses Should Begin

Reaching an objective, fact-based conclusion a court will admit into evidence requires learning how to properly dive into a case. You could start anywhere. But for efficiency’s sake, it’s better to take a step-by-step process that you can document and…

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Site Inspection Checklist for Expert Witnesses

Performing a site inspection for a legal matter for the first time can be intimidating. Whether you’re an expert witness inspecting a workplace, construction site, office building, or hotel, the legal team that hired you is relying on your opinion,…

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Arizona Supreme Court Reinforces Need for Expert Testimony in Medical Malpractice Cases

The outcome of the case is a stark reminder of the importance of expert witness testimony during medical malpractice cases. Experts are a necessity in a vast majority of cases. They need to be prepared to offer clear, accurate, and…

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Missouri Supreme Court Upholds Medical Malpractice Damage Cap

Some are worried about the precedent of the decision. President Brett Emison of the Missouri Association of Trial Lawyers said the court allowed the legislature to “erase centuries-old common law and replace it with a statute that fundamentally infringes on…

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Colorado Passes Comprehensive Privacy Law

For companies who have been closely monitoring news about consumer data privacy laws, the CPA may not surprise them. However, it isn’t an exact copy of the CPRA or VCDPA. Businesses will have to evaluate whether the new Colorado data…

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5 Causes of Unexpected Expert Exclusions

It’s essential to understand your jurisdiction’s standards for expert qualification—typically Rule of Evidence 702 and admissible scientific testimony. If you’re an expert, the opposing party may challenge your testimony or qualifications. If you’re an attorney, you must establish that the…

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11th Circuit Affirms Equifax Settlement, Reverses Incentive Fees

After several objections, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the $380.5 million Equifax settlement. The only reversal involved incentive awards to named class members. Nonetheless,  a subsequent 11th Circuit ruling prohibited these fees. The ruling led…

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Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) See Growth in Popularity and Lawsuits

Once upon a time, a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) carried a great deal of stigma. Most organizations didn’t consider it the ideal way to go public. However, attitudes have shifted, and SPACs are bringing many young companies public. The…

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PA Experts May Rely on Hearsay But Not Novel Evidence

In Pennsylvania, the rules controlling expert witnesses are similar to the federal rules—with some notable exceptions. One such exception is that attorneys can effectively defend their expert’s reliance on hearsay and other inadmissible evidence. However, under the Frye standard, PA…

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