In an environmental contamination case involving the gasoline additive MTBE, the New Hampshire Supreme Court recently affirmed a trial court jury award of $236 million, based largely on statistical inferences by experts.   In short, the trial court allowed the plaintiffs to use extrapolated statistics to (1) hypothesize the existence of several thousand sites, (2) estimate total damages at each of the sites, and (3) determine what share of the total damages to impose on the trial defendant for each site.  In effect, this “trial by formula” avoided specific proof and arguably placed the defendant in the role of an insurance actuary for purposes of these claims.  State of New Hampshire v. Exxon Mobil Corp., Nos. 2013-0591 and 2013-0668 (Oct. 2, 2015).  Further discussion of this ruling, other similar cases involving inferential statistics, and ways in which defense counsel can protect their clients, are addressed in my recent article “How Cos. Can Fight Back Against Inferential Statistics.”