The Starstruck Medical Causation Trend

Law360, New York (May 22, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT) -- In the technical sense, medical causation answers whether it is more likely than not that an accused substance or collection of them brought about some alleged disease or set of them. As a litigation matter, it is “won or lost on the strength of the scientific evidence presented to prove causation,”[1] principally, the credible and well-studied expert.

But rarely are the central causal allegations in major toxic torts purely courtroom affairs. Publicity and politics drove early Bendectin and breast implant litigation, with plaintiff verdicts begetting more...
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