The Consequences of Failing to Use Online Resources

The Consequences of Failing to Use Online Resources

"Consequences, Schmonsequences, as long as I'm rich"
Daffy Duck in Ali Baba Bunny (1957)
 
Here at Litigation Update, we love uncovering the mistakes attorneys (and others) make by failing to use the online resources readily available to them. In fact, we just found another one. This past spring, Merck won a victory in one of the Vioxx lawsuits it was defending against. That victory, however, was short lived, as the judge threw out the jury’s ruling in favor of Merck because its expert “misrepresented his credentials to the court and jury in the trial by testifying he was board-certified cardiologist when he was not.” More specifically, the expert told the jury that he was currently board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease when, in fact, both certifications had lapsed. A seemingly minor misrepresentation in the grand scheme of things, but one significant enough to have a judge toss the verdict. Importantly, sources available through Total Litigator (e.g. via Gather Intelligence > Experts > Step 1: Investigate an Expert > Step 2: Individual Sources > Step 3: Biographical Information), such as the “Board of Medical Specialties Directory” and “Combined Professional Licenses – Selected States,” might have revealed the lapsing of the certifications.
 
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Attachment: http://www.lexisnexis.com/documents/pdf/20080131011035_large.doc