When calculating the lost wages of a college student who died in a rollover accident — and whose parents say he planned to become a lawyer — a federal judge has ruled that an economic expert witness may be allowed to testify that one possible calculation of his lost wages would be premised on a lifelong career as a practicing lawyer — possibly up to the age of 89.

For now, U.S. District Judge Gene E.K. Pratter is not saying exactly what her ruling will be when Anthony M. Gamboa, the CEO of Vocational Economics Inc., takes the stand in Montgomery v. Mitsubishi Motors Corp.

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