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ExpertsDirect: The Inside Scoop

Here at ExpertsDirect, we would like to believe that our services, goals and mantra are well known to our clients. However, we appreciate that in today’s hectic world it is impossible to be across the ins and outs of every business you deal with. As a result, we have compiled a list of the various […]

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Expert Witnesses in the Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Trials

Over the past few years, US-based pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson has been embroiled in extensive US litigation concerned with whether or not their talcum powder causes ovarian cancer in women. Approximately 2 000 trials[1] have been initiated on the issue to date in states including Louisiana, Illinois, New Jersey and Missouri. The outcomes of […]

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Cross Examination of Expert Witnesses: Digging Up the Past

Cross-examination of an expert witness is a common technique used by legal counsel to discredit the testimony provided by an expert witness. Expert witnesses may be cross-examined on a variety of issues such as their experience in their chosen field, the methods used to reach their conclusions or any prior inconsistent statements made by the […]

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Case Study: Expert witnesses and legal professional privilege

Roach v Page (No 17) [2003] NSWSC 973 This case considered whether documents which constituted communications or notes of communications between defence counsel and their expert witness were subject to legal professional privilege. Background The plaintiff, in this case, challenged a claim of legal professional privilege made by the defendants in relation to certain documents […]

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