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Argued: January 31, 2001

Consolidated appeal of two judgments in cases involving alleged lead poisoning of minor plaintiffs at two residential housing units in New Haven, Connecticut. In the first case, the plaintiffs appeal two orders of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut (Ellen Bree Burns, Judge) granting the defendants’ motion for a new (second) trial and denying the plaintiffs’ subsequent motion for a new (third) trial. They also appeal a decision by Judge Burns allowing the defendants’ expert to testify in the second trial. In the second case, the plaintiffs challenge an order of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut (Janet Bond Arterton, Judge) granting summary judgment to the defendant United States of America on claims brought by the plaintiffs under the Federal Tort Claims Act, 28 U.S.C. �� 1346(b), 2671 et seq.

Affirmed in part; reversed in part.

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