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Science Fact Or Science Fiction? The Implications Of Court-Ordered Genetic Testing Under Rule 35, Anthony S. Niedwiecki Jan 2000

Science Fact Or Science Fiction? The Implications Of Court-Ordered Genetic Testing Under Rule 35, Anthony S. Niedwiecki

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This article proposes an analysis for courts to follow when faced with a Rule 35 motion to compel a party to undergo genetic testing or any other procedure that tests for a specific medical condition.

Part I explains the analysis courts generally conduct for a Rule 35 motion. Generally, courts make a factual inquiry into whether there is a need for the procedure and whether the examinee has placed his or her physical or mental condition in controversy. Rarely have courts examined the risks associated with ordering an examination. When courts do examine the risks, they continue to show a ...