NJ Court Says Bogus Expert Opinions Doom Furnace Fire Suit

Law360, New York (July 25, 2012, 9:11 PM EDT) -- A New Jersey appeals court ruled Wednesday that shortcomings in expert testimony had correctly doomed three Howmet Dover Alloy employees' suit against vacuum engineering company Consarc Corp. over a 2005 fire and explosion involving a furnace used to manufacture super alloys for aerospace uses.

The employees alleged two design defects in Consarc-manufactured equipment for a vacuum induction melting furnace, but the appeals court said a lower court had correctly determined that their expert gave inadequate opinions on both issues. The plaintiffs had to prove that alternate...
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