December 01, 2023

Something to Celebrate: A Brief Guide to the FRE 702 Amendments

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Today, the long-anticipated amendments to Federal Rule of Evidence 702, governing admissibility of expert opinion evidence, finally take formal effect. The amendments were unanimously approved by the Advisory Committee over two and a half years ago. Courts have been citing the proposed amendments since shortly after they were first approved. On the surface, the amendments to the text of Rule 702 itself may appear relatively modest. Indeed, at least one court has observed that the new language “clearly echoes the existing law on the issue.” Sardis v. Overhead Door Corp., 10 F.4th 268 (4th Cir. 2021). But there is more to these new amendments than initially meets the eye. In order to understand and effectively use the amendments, parties and litigators must understand and use the history and the Committee Note explaining the amendments.

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