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Expert witness standard takes center stage at Florida Supreme Court

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The Florida Bar squared off Thursday against a coalition of corporate and criminal defense lawyers over a change to the state’s expert witness standard. The Florida Supreme Court heard more than an hour of argument on whether to adopt a change to evidence law that lawmakers passed in 2013. The Bar is against it; defense counsel supports it. The switch would align Florida’s courts with the federal system. The federal courts now follow a stricter standard of allowing certain scientific…

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Appellate court approves of controversial evidence standard

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A state appeals court has upheld the retroactive use of a contentious evidence standard approved by lawmakers in 2013. The 4th District Court of Appeal this week affirmed a trial court ruling against plaintiff Simona Bunin. She’s one of the inventors behind a line of spray-bottle flavored olive oils. Bunin, based in South Florida, also holds a patent for a disposable women’s panty. She wanted to use an expert to help prove her case that she lost her sense of smell after using Zicam nasal…

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