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Big Companies in Legal Scrapes Turn to Science-for-Hire Giant Exponent

Exponent, Inc. is a publicly traded giant in litigation defense and regulatory science with more than $300 million in annual revenues, offices in 20 U.S. cities and five foreign countries, and about 1,000 employees. It’s a go-to destination for major industries with liability problems–even as it is derided by critics as a hired gun whose findings are for sale.

Judicial Secrecy Turns Consumer Protection Case Into a Mystery

Thanks to closed-door hearings, sealed records and a court ruling with large sections blacked out, even the most basic details of a lawsuit regarding a Consumer Product Safety Commission database have been concealed. That includes the identity of the plaintiff — known only as “Company Doe” – along with its product and the incident that led to the complaint.

Dimitrios Biller and Toyota

Columnist Gael O’Brien says the case of Dimitrios Biller, a former attorney for Toyota, “is a sad tale without vindication.” Biller had accused the car maker of withholding and destroying product safety information. Last week an arbitrator ruled in favor of Toyota and said that Biller had “violated ethical, statutory, and contractual prohibitions.”