How valuable is an outside expert in court? Recent decision offers an answer
Abstract: Many people believe that an outside damages expert can lend credibility and objectivity to a legal argument. But, every so often, this belief is put to the test. This article examines one court battle in which the plaintiff alleged misappropriation of trade secrets. In disputing liability for compensatory damages, the defendant argued that the damages expert provided insufficient evidence to support its lost profits calculation. But the court found that the expert’s assumptions were well supported by the evidence and testimony of several independent witnesses, and awarded the plaintiff the full amount of compensatory damages.