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How Tobacco-Friendly Science Escapes Scrutiny in the Courtroom

American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 95, No. S1, pp. S16-S20, 2005

The Coronado Conference: Scientific Evidence and Public Policy Paper

5 Pages Posted: 29 Nov 2005  

Lissy C. Friedman

Public Health Advocacy Institute

Richard A. Daynard

Northeastern University - School of Law

Christopher N. Banthin

The Tobacco Products Liability Reporter (TPLR)

Abstract

Although the tobacco industry helped fund the attack on "junk science," it has created its own dubious scientific scholarship for its expert witnesses. We suggest that plaintiffs' counsel should be proactive in using Daubert hearings to exclude the tobacco industry defendants' scientific expert witnesses by introducing documentation, such as we have found through researching previously privileged internal industry documents, to prove that much of their proposed testimony was developed by and for their lawyers.

Keywords: Expert testimony, scientific evidence, Daubert

JEL Classification: K13, K32, K41

Suggested Citation

Friedman, Lissy C. and Daynard, Richard A. and Banthin, Christopher N., How Tobacco-Friendly Science Escapes Scrutiny in the Courtroom. American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 95, No. S1, pp. S16-S20, 2005; The Coronado Conference: Scientific Evidence and Public Policy Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=850107

Lissy C. Friedman (Contact Author)

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Richard A. Daynard

Northeastern University - School of Law ( email )

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Boston, MA 02115
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Christopher N. Banthin

The Tobacco Products Liability Reporter (TPLR) ( email )

P. O. Box 1162
Boston Bay Annex
Boston, MA 02117
United States

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