Jurors In Toxic Tort Litigation Take Genetics Seriously

Law360, New York (February 21, 2017, 11:46 AM EST) -- David Schwartz

Kirk Hartley Can jurors grasp the role of genetics in personal injury claims alleged to arise from exposure to specific chemicals? Can judges grasp the issues well enough to really help expert witnesses present the issues clearly, and to help jurors understand?

Not long ago, we saw the first asbestos trial making explicit reference to a plaintiff with BAP1 mutations and the alleged role of those mutations in the causation story. The point of this article is to provide some more specific information from that trial with respect to the genetic information described and to highlight the message that...

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