Acosta V. Shell: An Expert's Study May Be Irrelevant

Law360, New York (December 3, 2012, 12:28 PM EST) -- An expert’s epidemiological study comparing populations was irrelevant to proving general causation for toxic tort claims in Acosta v. Shell Western Exploration and Production Inc., Case No. 29,502 (N.M. Ct. App., Oct. 2, 2012). The New Mexico Court of Appeals affirmed the exclusion of an expert opinion seeking to establish general causation between exposure to petrochemicals and autoimmune conditions, including lupus, and affirmed a trial judgment in favor of the defendants, Shell Western Exploration and Production Inc. and Shell Oil Company on all remaining claims....
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