• Alabama Supreme Court Evaluates Ala. R Evid. 702(b)/Daubert in the Context of Crashworthiness Cases
  • October 10, 2017 | Authors: David Lee Brown; J. Patrick Strubel
  • Law Firm: Watkins & Eager - Birmingham Office
  • Alabama applies a strict liability version of product liability law through the Alabama Extended Manufacturer Liability Doctrine (AEMLD). Under that doctrine, a plaintiff must satisfy a jury that the subject product was in a defective and unreasonably dangerous condition when it reached the consumer. In almost all situations, expert testimony is required to prove that the product was defective. For an expert’s testimony to be admissible, the offering party must satisfy the requirements of Alabama Rule of Evidence 702.<sup>1</sup> In a recent opinion, Mazda Motor Corporation v. Hurst, 2017 Ala. LEXIS 66 (July 7, 2017), the Alabama Supreme Court analyzed the admissibility of an expert’s testimony in the context of Alabama Rule of Evidence 702(b) in a vehicle crashworthiness case.