An injured plaintiff has no right to keep evidence of his drug abuse from a jury since it is relevant to several key issues, including life expectancy, extent of pain, medical expenses and the plaintiff’s own credibility, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled.

The unanimous three-judge panel’s decision in Blanchard v. Wal-Mart Stores overturns a jury’s verdict of $540,000 and orders U.S. District Judge James M. Munley of the Middle District of Pennsylvania to hold a new trial.