On Writ of Certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Brief of Product Liability Advisory Council, Inc., National Association of Manufacturers, Business Roundtable, and Chemical Manufacturers Association as Amici Curiae in Support of Respondent, William Daubert and Joyce Daubert, Individually and as Guardians Ad Litem for Jason Daubert, and Anita De Young, Individually and as Gaurdian Ad Litem for Eric Schuller v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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Rothstein, Paul F; Schwartz, Victor E.; Charrow, Robert P.; Winkelman, Scott L.; Wu, Edward C.; Duesenberg, Richard; Zoll, David F.; Evans, Donald D.; Amundson, Jan S.; Good, Edward P.
Federal Rules of Evidence; expert scientific testimony; Evidence
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The Federal Rules of Evidence exclude expert scientific testimony when it has been developed without regard for accepted scientific methods.This case focuses on expert scientific evidence. Such evidence plays a vital and often dispositive role in modern litigation. For scientific evidence to be helpful to the factfinder it must meet some minimal threshold of reliability. To hold otherwise would be to allow a system of adjudication based more on chance than on reason.