"Who's to Blame When EDD Vendors Go Boom?"

I hate it when companies "go boom," but this article really discusses what happens "when vendors let you down": "If you engage in e-discovery, chances are you depend on vendors to help you harvest, process, search and filter digital evidence. But is that a dependency that blurs the line between lawyer and service provider? "Selecting responsive information, planning search strategies and deciding forms of production are responsibilities traditionally reserved to counsel. But confronted by the Gordian knot of electronic data discovery (EDD), lawyers now share -- and sometimes surrender -- aspects of that role to vendors and experts. When all... Read more →

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"Working With an Expert Witness: The Seven Deadly Sins"

Good article from Law.com about what not to do: "'So, I'd really like it if you could say this ...' "If you've just said that to your expert witness, you've just made his blood boil. And that's probably not going to be very good for your case. As engineer Steven Murray, Ph.D., of Exponent Failure Analysis Associates in Menlo Park, Calif., says, 'Our job is not to support a lawyer's theory, it's to find out the technical truth.' "Working on a case can be like a juggling act -- you've got your client, the other side, the other side's attorney(s),... Read more →

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New Expert Witness Guidelines for Neurologists

See this article from Law.com: "In a move that has irked plaintiffs attorneys, the American Academy of Neurology recently revamped its 16-year-old guidelines regarding expert witness testimony by neurologists. The new guidelines [PDF] were formally adopted earlier this year, but will not go into effect until Jan. 10, 2006. "The AAN maintains that the guidelines, which call for tougher expert credentials and warn against doctors advocating for lawyers, are a response to several complaints by physicians about unqualified witnesses. "But plaintiffs lawyers allege that the new rules are scare tactics designed to strip credentials from plaintiffs' experts and keep doctors... Read more →

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