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Kumho Tire Company, Ltd. v. Carmichael
Citation:526 U.S. 137 (1999)
The Carmichaels brought a suit against the manufacturer and distributor of a tire that blew out while the Carmichaels were driving their minivan, causing the death of one passenger and severe injuries to others. The plaintiff’s claim that the tire was defective rested in significant part on the testimony of their tire fault analysis expert, Dennis Carlson. Defendants disputed Carlson’s conclusion that a defect caused the separation. The conclusion was based on Carlson’s belief that a design or manufacturing defect is probably the cause of such a separation whenever the blown-out tire has fewer than two of the four physical signs of overdeflection. Kumho Tire argued that Carlson’s expert testimony should be excluded from evidence.
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