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Plainiff cannot contest waste disposal well without expert witness

In Bormuth v. West Bay Exploration Co., the plaintiff sued to prevent the defendant from drilling a waste disposal well, arguing that it would contaminate surrounding drinking water.  He had not retained an enigneering expert, however, and attempted to introduce the scientific literature supporting his claim through his own testimony.  The Court ruled that since the Plaintiff wasn't qualified as an expert, he could not testify to the content of the scientific literature supporting his arguments.  His case was summarily dismissed, and the dismissal was upheld on appeal.

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