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Judge Joseph J. Farnan, Jr.: Expert Testimony Allowed Under Liberal Third Circuit Standard

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Following the Third Circuit’s “liberal” approach to the admission of expert testimony, the Court found that the defendant’s trade secret expert was qualified to testify regarding the electrochemistry field. Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc. v. LifeScan Inc., C.A. No. 07-753-JJF, Memo. Order (D. Del. Jan. 29, 2010). Specifically, the Court held that the proffered expert’s “education, academic endeavors, and publications demonstrate a substantial level of expertise.” Id. at 2. Plaintiff argued that the expert had no prior experience or skills in the technical area at issue and therefore was unqualified to testify as to defendant’s trade secret misappropriation counterclaims. Id. at 1.

In the same case, a jury recently found for plaintiffs on defendant’s breach of contract and unfair competition counterclaims. See verdict sheet here.

Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc. v. LifeScan Inc., C.A. No. 07-753-JJF, Memo. Order (D. Del. Jan. 29, 2010).

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