Patrick Nolan quoted in article “Judge Bans Consultant’s Testimony in Bottle Injury Suit”The New York Law Journal 02/26/15
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A federal judge precluded a witness who had worked for a glass manufacturer, but lacked expertise in glass bottle design, from testifying at trial in a products liability suit filed by a bartender whose finger was injured by an exploding beer bottle.
Eastern District Judge Denis Hurley granted MillerCoors' motion for summary judgment in Toomey v. MillerCoors, 12-CV-3295, saying that George Pecoraro, the expert witness, had only theorized that William Toomey's accident occurred because Coors Light bottles are too thin to withstand fracture.
Patrick Nolan, a partner with Milwaukee-based firm Quarles & Brady who represented MillerCoors, said in a statement to the Law Journal that the judge's decision "underscores the need for plaintiffs to prove their case using competent expert opinion testimony that is based upon a reliable scientific methodology."