In a sudden reversal and after more than more than five years of uncertainty, on May 23, 2019, the Supreme Court of Florida ruled that Daubert – not Frye – now governs the admissibility of expert testimony in Florida. See In re Amendments to the Florida Evidence Code, No. SC19-107, May 23, 2019.

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In products liability litigation, the question of whether a product was defectively designed because the manufacturer decided to make certain safety equipment “optional” instead of “standard” is an issue that arises often in cases involving heavy equipment and machinery or commercial vehicles.

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Supporters of autonomous vehicles, or self-driving cars, often claim they will make our roads safer by removing human error from the driving equation. However, critics of this new technology argue that the complexity of these machines will increase the potential for product defects to occur, which may mitigate some of the safety benefits derived from taking the potential for human error out of the act of driving a vehicle.
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