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2:12-cv-00887 #60

2:12-cv-00887 #60

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Doc #60 - Plaintiffs' Memo in opposition to BLAG's motion to exclude testimony
Doc #60 - Plaintiffs' Memo in opposition to BLAG's motion to exclude testimony

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JOSEPH J. LEVIN, JR. (
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)oe.levin@splcenter.orgCHRISTINE P. SUN (SBN 218701)christine.sun@splcenter.orgCAREN E. SHORT (
Pro Hac Vice
)caren.short@splcenter.orgSOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER400 Washington AvenueMontgomery, AL 36104Telephone: (334) 956-8200Facsimile: (334) 956-8481(
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTCENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIAWESTERN DIVISION
TRACEY COOPER-HARRIS and )MAGGIE COOPER-HARRIS ))Plaintiffs, ))vs. ))UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; )ERIC H. HOLDER, JR., in his official )capacity as Attorney General; and )ERIC K. SHINSEKI, in his official )capacity as Secretary of Veterans )Affairs, ))Defendants, ))BIPARTISAN LEGAL ADVISORY )GROUP OF THE U.S. HOUSE )OF REPRESENTATIVES, ))Intervenor-Defendant. ) No. CV12-887 CBM (AJWx)PLAINTIFFS’ MEMORANDUM OFLAW IN OPPOSITION TOINTERVENOR-DEFENDANT’SMOTION TO EXCLUDE THEEXPERT TESTIMONY OF DR.LAWRENCE J. KORB AND MAJ.GEN. (RET.) DENNIS LAICHHearing: December 10, 2012Time: 10:00 a.m.Hon. Consuelo B. Marshall
Case 2:12-cv-00887-CBM-AJW Document 60 Filed 11/19/12 Page 1 of 26 Page ID #:897
 
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 Randall R. Lee (SBN 152672)randall.lee@wilmerhale.comMatthew Benedetto (SBN 252379)matthew.benedetto@wilmerhale.comWILMER CUTLER PICKERING HALE AND DORR LLP350 South Grand Avenue, Suite 2100Los Angeles, CA 90071Telephone: (213) 443-5300Facsimile: (213) 443-5400Adam P. Romero (
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Pro Hac Vice
pending)rubina.ali@wilmerhale.comWILMER CUTLER PICKERING HALE AND DORR LLP7 World Trade CenterNew York, NY 10007Telephone: (212) 230-8800Facsimile: (212) 230-8888Eugene Marder (SBN 275762)eugene.marder@wilmerhale.comWILMER CUTLER PICKERING HALE AND DORR LLP950 Page Mill RoadPalo Alto, California 94304Telephone: (650) 858-6000Facsimile: (650) 858-6100Attorneys for Plaintiffs
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I. INTRODUCTION ................................................................................................ 1II. FACTUAL BACKGROUND .............................................................................. 2A. Lawrence J. Korb, Ph.D. ............................................................................ 2B. Major General (Ret.) Dennis Laich ............................................................ 5III. ARGUMENT........................................................................................................ 8A. FRE 702 Is Properly Construed Liberally To Permit ExpertTestimony Based on Non-Scientific Specialized Knowledge ................... 8B. Dr. Korb and General Laich Are Highly Qualified Experts .................... 10C. Dr. Korb’s and General Laich’s Opinions Will Assist the Trier-Of-Fact Because Their Unchallenged Experience With The UnitedStates Military Bears Directly On The Issues In This Case .................... 111. Dr. Korb’s and General Laich’s Opinions Are Borne of Specific Military Experience That Exceeds The CommonKnowledge Of The Average Layman ............................................. 122. The Reliability of Dr. Korb’s and General Laich’s ProfferedOpinions Do Not—And Need Not—Depend On QuantifiableData ................................................................................................. 153. Dr. Korb and General Laich’s Proffered Testimony Is AmplySupported By Broad-based Experience with MilitaryPersonnel ......................................................................................... 164. BLAG’s Remaining Arguments Are Misplaced ............................. 18IV. CONCLUSION .................................................................................................. 19
Case 2:12-cv-00887-CBM-AJW Document 60 Filed 11/19/12 Page 3 of 26 Page ID #:899

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