Missouri Daubert Legislation

Rep. Kevin Corlew, R-Kansas City, has proffered legislation which would bring Missouri into compliance with the Daubert standard for expert testimony. Based on the US Supreme Court decision Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, HB 1676 would place Missouri in alignment with federal courts and two-thirds of US states. While the bill is not currently on the house calendar, the proposed effective date is 8/28/2016.

HB 1676 reads:

This bill specifies that a witness who is qualified as an expert witness may testify in the form of an opinion or otherwise if the expert’s specialized knowledge will help the trier of fact to understand the evidence or to determine a fact in issue, the testimony is based on sufficient facts or data, the testimony is the product of reliable principles and methods, and the expert has reliably applied the principles and methods to the facts of the case….

Representative Corlew is an attorney with a practice in business litigation. Missouri bill tracking may be accessed at http://house.mo.gov/billcentral.aspx?pid=26.



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