In his winter submission to the Trial Journal titled "Liability Insurance As Evidence of Witness Bias,"Clifford Law Office Partner Colin H. Dunn discussed the troubling issue of insurance companies' repeated use of the same expert witnesses, but opined that plaintiffs may use this relationship under Illinois Rule of Evidence Rule 411 for the limited purpose of showing witness bias. Dunn begins the article by drawing from his own experience as a trial lawyer who frequently faces off against large insurance companies. In one specific instance, Dunn reveals that during a deposition of a defense expert witness he learned that the man had worked for the same defense lawyer, employed by an insurance company, on 30-40 prior occasions. Dunn then discusses a number of cases where courts from various states, relying on a rule very similar to Rule 411 in Illinois, have overturned verdicts in favor of defendants on the basis that the plaintiff was denied the opportunity to raise these issues of expert witness bias on cross examination. To read Colin Dunn's entire article, click here.