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Lee v. Smith & Wesson Corp. 13-3597 (6th Cir. 2014)

Justia.com Opinion Summary: Lee was injured while shooting a revolver made by Smith & Wesson. In his product liability suit alleging a defect in the firearm, the only expert evidence regarding how a defect in the firearm could have caused the injury was excluded because the expert's theory was not consistent with aspects of plaintiff's own memory of what happened. Lee reserved the right to challenge that evidentiary decision and stipulated to dismissal. The Sixth Circuit reversed and remanded. Smith & Wesson identified no judicial admission on the part of Lee in his represented status as plaintiff. Lee as a witness testified as to what he remembered. A tort plaintiff should be able to testify honestly to his memory of what happened and still have his lawyer argue that on the evidence as a whole it is more probable than not that the memory was faulty. If no jury could reasonably conclude that the plaintiff's memory was faulty, dismissal would be warranted.

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