A group of Florida landowners sued Raytheon Company, accusing it of contaminating their groundwater by improperly disposing of hazardous waste. The plaintiffs put up an expert who testified that he could construct a statistical model that would demonstrate liability and damages on a classwide basis. Raytheon put up its own experts, who argued that plaintiffs’ method of defining the affected area was not consistent with "applicable professional standards," and that their expert’s statistical method was unsound as well.
The district court threw up its hands. Declaring
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[i]t is not necessary at this stage of the litigation to declare a