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Daubert Standard

Daubert Standard

Definition

An evidentiary rule governing the validity and admissibility of expert-witness testimony in federal courts and some state courts. The rule derives from the Supreme Court case Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, 509 U.S. 579 (1993). The Daubert test examines a scientific methodology's (1) testing or testability, (2) peer review and publication, (3) known or potential error rates, (4) general acceptance in the scientific community, and (5) whether the methodology was developed independently or specifically for litigation.

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