Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Special Liaison Appointed to Investigate Expert’s Availability to Testify Following Medical Event

The court deferred ruling on defendants' motion to substitute one of its experts and appointed a special liaison to help determine whether the expert would be able to proceed at trial. "Subsequent to his retention, [the expert] experienced a medical event, which occurred at or near the time of his deposition [last month]. . . . [T]he Court has concluded that an experienced non-physician liaison is appropriate to facilitate further informational development in this matter and that appointment of a non-physician liaison is preferable to appointing a different neurologist. . . . As special liaison in this regard, [the liaison] shall gather and report information from [the doctor who examined defendants' expert], and all other available, material sources, regarding [the expert's] ability to recover and testify [at trial in 3 months], or some other future date."

Intellectual Ventures II LLC v. FedEx Corporation et al, 2-16-cv-00980 (TXED February 26, 2018, Order) (Gilstrap, USDJ)

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