Powell V. Kleinman Sets Worrisome Admissibility Precedent

Law360, New York (October 22, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT) -- In California, crowded court dockets, budget cuts, furloughs and court closures — current reflections of difficult economic times — have severely reduced judicial efficiency. Such circumstances increase the value of litigation devices meant to dispose of unfounded legal claims.

Making matters worse, the Fifth District Court of Appeal has virtually extinguished one of the most important of these litigation devices: admissibility of expert opinion.

The purpose of expert opinion is to impart understanding in areas normally requiring expertise gained through education, experience or both. This greater...
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