The Supreme Court has strengthened a powerful defense tool in products liability cases by ruling that federal appellate courts can set aside a plaintiff’s jury verdict and end the litigation at that point because of improperly admitted expert testimony.

In Weisgram v. Marley Co., No. 99-161, a unanimous high court held on Feb. 22 that appellate courts have the authority to enter judgment as a matter of law for the trial loser in cases in which, after excising the erroneously admitted testimony, there is insufficient evidence to support the jury’s verdict.

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