Science, Scientists and Disclosure
In a June 17, 2014 blog post, Nathan Schactman rightly calls out a group of plaintiff friendly experts for failure to make full disclosure in an amicus brief in a silica case. As described in the post, the amicus brief used very narrow disclosures that failed to reveal that the scientists have testified for plaintiffs in similar cases.
Let’s hope scientists – on all sides – stop letting lawyers play word games and instead provide full and frank disclosure of who they are and what they do. There is no shame in being a testifying expert. To the contrary, all parties need expert witnesses who are qualified and articulate. And, lawyers who play the word games need to ask themselves what they do to their reputations. My opinion of Ralph Metzger just dropped because of the word games and the gamesmanship described by Mr. Schactman.