In an unanimous opinion issued today by the New York Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court affirmed a decision by the First Department which precluded the introduction of expert testimony against its client from Drs. Shira Kramer and Linda Frazier who sought to establish that the Plaintiff’s birth defects were causally related to his in utero exposure to unleaded gasoline vapors inhaled by his mother during the first trimester of pregnancy.   This case has garnered significant interest as it has worked its way through the court system.  Justice Pigott writing for the court, distinguished the “inverse approach” utilized by the Plaintiff’s experts to arrive at their conclusions and held that the experts failed to meet their burden of showing their opinions were generally accepted in the scientific community.    Copies of the decision are available from the Court of Appeals website or our office.