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Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel Corp. v. Beelman River Terminals, Inc.

United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
254 F.3d 706 (2001)


Facts

Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel Corporation (Wheeling Pitt) (plaintiff), a steel manufacturer, stored steel in a riverside warehouse operated by Beelman River Terminals, Inc. (defendant). River flooding damaged the steel, and Wheeling Pitt sued Beelman for negligence. At trial, Beelman offered the testimony of Dr. Curtis, a qualified hydrologist specializing in flood risk management, who testified that Beelman properly assessed the warehouse's risk of flooding. Curtis possessed no special experience in or knowledge of warehouse operations or warehouse risk management. Nevertheless, Curtis also opined that Beelman properly prepared for and responded to the flood in its warehousing practices. Beelman prevailed at the trial. Wheeling Pitt appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, arguing Curtis was not qualified to give an expert opinion on Beelman's flood preparation and response.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Hansen, J.)

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