Sound Science In Judicial & Regulatory Proceedings

Atlantic Legal Foundation is the nation’s preeminent public interest law firm advocating for the admissibility of sound medical and expert testimony in toxic tort, product liability and other litigation. ALF fights the admissibility of “junk” science and fosters the use of sound science principles in judicial and regulatory proceedings. Our amicus briefs on behalf of several Nobel Laureates and numerous other prominent scientists were cited and relied on by the majority in the landmark Daubert trilogy of U.S. Supreme Court cases.

Sound Science Amicus Briefs

ALF Urges Supreme Court To Let Scientific Debate Flourish

Murthy v. Missouri, No. 23-411 (Supreme Court) (merits)

February 7, 2024

ALF Brief Urges Full 11th Circuit To Enforce Federal Preemption of Pesticide Failure-To-Warn Claims

Carson v. Monsanto Company, No. 21-10994 (11th Cir. en banc)

March 16, 2023

ALF & DRI Argue That Damages Suits Involving the “Global Tort” of Causing Climate Change Belong in Federal, Not State, Court

Suncor Energy (U.S.A.) Inc. v. Board of County Commissioners of Boulder County, No. 21-1550 (Supreme Court ) (petition stage)

July 7, 2022

Amicus Brief Urges Supreme Court To Keep “Junk Science” Away From Juries

3M Company v. Amador, No. 21-1100 (Supreme Court) (petition stage)

March 4, 2022

ALF Brief Argues That Covid-19 Negligence Suits Belong—If Anywhere—In Federal, Not State, Courts

Rivera-Zayas v. Our Lady of Consolation Geriatric Care Center, No. 21-2164-cv (Second Circuit)

December 28, 2021

ALF Supports California Supreme Court Review Of Roundup Product Liability Case

Pilliod v. Monsanto Co., No. S270957 (California Supreme Court) (petition stage)

October 11, 2021

ALF/DRI Brief Argues That Constitution’s Supremacy Clause Directly Bars Talcum Powder “Consumer Protection” Suit

Johnson & Johnson v. Mississippi, ex rel. Lynn Fitch, Attorney General of Mississippi, No. 21-348 (Supreme Court) (petition stage)

September 24, 2021

ALF Urges Supreme Court To Clarify Federal Preemption Of Pesticide Failure-To-Warn Suits

Monsanto Co. v. Hardeman, No. 21-241 (Supreme Court) (petition stage)

September 1, 2021

ALF Urges Supreme Court To Review Junk Science “Talc” Litigation

Johnson & Johnson v. Ingham, No. 20-1223 (Supreme Court) (petition stage)

April 5, 2021

ALF Amicus Brief Argues That Sound Science – Not The “Precautionary Principle” – Belongs In The Courtroom

Preserve Responsible Shoreline Management v. City of Bainbridge Island, No. 20-787 (Supreme Court) (petition stage)

January 5, 2021

ALF Requests California Supreme Court To “Depublish” Proposition 65 Listing Opinion

American Chemistry Council v. OEHHA (California Supreme Court)

December 17, 2020

ALF Amicus Letter Explains That Federal Law Preempts Roundup® Product Liability Suit

Johnson v. Monsanto Co., No. S264158 (California Supreme Court) (petition stage)

September 10, 2020
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Semantics Conceal Scientific Testimony Already Declared Inadmissible

Rost v. Ford Motor Company, NO. 309 EAL 2014 (Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Eastern District)

January 19, 2015
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A Single Case Report Does Not Prove Toxicological Causation

Strickland v. Union Carbide (California Supreme Court) (letter)

August 15, 2013
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Unsupported Assertions Do Not Establish Plausibility Of Causation

Howard v. A.W. Chesterton Co., (Supreme Court of Pennsylvania)

December 17, 2012
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Admissibility Not Included “In a Light Most Favorable To The Opposing Party”

Marion Liu, etc., et al., v. Superior Court (California Supreme Court) (petition stage)

July 2, 2012
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Daubert in Illinois

Coyne v. CBS, (Appellate Court of Illinois, Third District)

September 8, 2011
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Does Daubert Standard Apply in Class Certification?

Walmart v. Betty Dukes, (Supreme Court) (petition stage)

January 24, 2011
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Confounding Variables: Expert Witness Uses Orange Study to Support Argument that Apples are Citric

Georgia Pacific v. Mahoney, (Court of Appeal of the State of California First Appellate District Division One)

May 20, 2009
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Scientific Standards in Asbestos Trials

Norris v. Crane Co., (Court of Appeal of California, Second Appellate District)

February 3, 2008
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Identity Politics: Does the Constitution Prohibit State Voter Identification Measures?

Crawford v. Marion County Election Board, (Supreme Court) (petition stage)

December 10, 2007
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Deniable Plausibility

Nonnon v. City of New York, (Court of Appeals State of New York)

April 20, 2007
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Massachusetts Tells EPA How to Save the Earth.

Massachusetts v. EPA, (Supreme Court) (No. 05–1120) (petition stage)

October 8, 2006
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Daubert: Presence of PCB and Nickel Disproven by Government’s Own Test

Alcan Aluminum v. US, (US) (petition stage)

December 9, 2003
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Confusing Standard: Knowledge in Statute of Limitations Tolling

O’Connor v. Boeing, (9th Cir) (petition for rehearing en banc)

January 20, 2003
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Daubert Standard: Did Plaintiff Prove that Diesel Exhaust Causes Multiple Myeloma?

Pacific Railroad v. Navarro (Court of Appeals for the Fourth Supreme Judicial District of Texas at San Antonio)

November 25, 2001
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Daubert Trilogy pt. 3: Kumho Tire

Kumho Tire Co. v. Carmichael (U.S.) (merits stage)

August 12, 1998
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Daubert Gatekeeper: PCB Causation

GE v. Joiner, (U.S. merits stage)

May 29, 1997
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The Landmark Decision of Sound Courtroom Science: Daubert

Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharma. Co., (Supreme Court) (merits stage)

January 19, 1993

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