Walmart Wins At NJ High Court In Fight Over Medical Terms

Law360 (March 4, 2019, 5:18 PM EST) -- Walmart Stores Inc. scored a victory Monday when the New Jersey Supreme Court axed a bright-line rule set by a state appellate panel barring medical experts from using terms like "somatization" and "symptom magnification" at trial to explain inconsistencies between personal injury plaintiffs' claims and medical evidence.

Saying trial courts must determine the admissibility of that testimony on a case-by-case basis, the justices reinstated a jury verdict in the retail giant's favor after concluding that a trial judge properly allowed Walmart experts to use such terms in challenging Alexandra Rodriguez's claims over a 2010 incident in which a clothing display rack...

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