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In a multidistrict case against an insurer, a U.S. magistrate judge sharply criticized the plaintiffs’ lawyers for orchestrating an expert’s testimony. After a late September hearing, the judge sanctioned the lawyers by excluding the witness from the case.

“This is one of the most egregious cases of providing witness-for-hire testimony that I’ve ever seen, and at some point the courts have to say that enough is enough,” said U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph G. Scoville, of the Western District of Michigan, according to a transcript.

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