In two recent cases, federal judges appointed panels of scientific experts to help assess conflicting scientific testimony regarding causation of systemic injuries by silicone gel breast implants. This article will describe the circumstances that gave rise to the appointments, the procedures followed in making the appointments and reporting to the courts, and the reactions of the participants in the proceedings.
Laural L. Hooper et al.,
Assessing Causation in Breast Implant Litigation: The Role of Science Panels,
64 Law and Contemporary Problems
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