Laugelle v. Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.

Full title: SUSAN DURKIN LAUGELLE, individually and as personal representative of the Estate of Joseph Laugelle, Jr., deceased, and as Next Friend to Anna Grace Laugelle and Margaret Grace Laugelle, Plaintiffs, v. BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON, INC., et al., Defendants.

Court:SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE IN AND FOR NEW CASTLE COUNTY

Date published: Oct 6, 2014

Facts

This Court discussed the background of this case extensively in an earlier opinion. In turn, only a brief summary will be provided here. This wrongful death action arises out of a helicopter crash that occurred on December 11, 2008, in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Sabine Pass, Texas. Joseph Laugelle, Jr., the helicopter’s pilot (“Pilot”), was transporting four passengers to an oil rig when the helicopter went down about two miles offshore. There were no survivors.

Laugelle, 2014 WL 2699880.

The Pilot’s wife, Susan Durkin Laugelle, brought suit against several defendants. She did so individually, as a personal representative of Mr. Laugelle’s estate, and as the next friend to the Laugelles’ two minor daughters (collectively, “Plaintiffs”).

This omnibus opinion addresses several motions in limine seeking to exclude certain accident reconstruction expert testimony, arguing lack of qualification, unreliable methodology, or both. In addition, this opinion resolves certain other motions in limine related to that expert testimony.

Issue

Decision

Plaintiff’s motion to preclude these various impact velocity opinions is hereby DENIED.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

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