Tag Archives: Evidence

Judge Furman: GM’s Ignition Switch Compensation Program Is Admissible to Rebut Claim for Punitive Damages

In an opinion today resolving various in limine motions in one of the bellwether cases in the GM ignition switch litigation, Judge Furman ruled that GM could introduce evidence of its voluntary settlement program, in light of the fact that the plaintiff planned to seek punitive damages: Given  . . . the likelihood that [the plaintiff] … Continue Reading

Judge Sweet: Allegations of Bear Stearns’ Material Omissions Before Its Collapse Survive Summary Judgment

Yesterday, Judge Sweet found that there was sufficient evidence to survive summary judgment regarding allegations that Bear Stearns hid material information about its lack of liquidity and other problems during the financial crisis.  He rejected the defendants’ argument that the supposedly hidden risks were “publicly known as a result of Bear Stearns’ disclosures”: Defendants’ opposition and cited disclosures demonstrate textbook … Continue Reading

Judge Rakoff Rejects Handwriting Expert Under FRE 702

Last week, Judge Rakoff held that courts should generally be wary of admitting handwriting expert testimony under Federal Rule of Evidence 702.  His opinion notes that handwriting analysis, unlike DNA or other forms of scientific evidence, did not arise from scientific inquiry and instead was created solely for use in the courtroom.  Judge Rakoff found … Continue Reading
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