When I suggested that at least some lawyers were doing so in a recent post, a few commenters vociferously objected. One even claimed that I was merely spreading "corporate tort reform propaganda." Coincidentally, I just came across the following paragraph in a publication of the American Trial Lawyers Association, an organization for plaintiffs' attorneys:
In the years since Daubert, often the most daunting challenge faced by a plaintiff in a federal drug or medical device case is overcoming the defendant's challenge to the plaintiff's experts. As a result, many plaintiffs' attorneys choose to keep their cases out of federal court by any means possible, since the majority of state courts--even those that have adopted the Federal Rules of Evidence or a close approximation thereof--have rejected a strict application of Daubert and its progeny. In many cases, this has led plaintiffs' attorneys to bring in as additional defendants treating doctors, pharmacies, or suppliers, so as to destroy the diversity between all parties necessary for federal court jurisdiction. Alternatively, plaintiffs' attorneys have chosen to avail themselves of any available friendly state court forum, such as the defendant drug manufacturer's state of incorporation, even if that state is far from the plaintiffs' residence and the plaintiffs' lawyer's home state.
Related Posts (on one page):
- Have Plaintiffs' Lawyers Been Avoiding Federal Court Because of Daubert/Amended Rule 702?:
- New York Court of Appeals on the Frye General Acceptance Test: