Bierria v. Dickinson Manufacturing Co., Ltd

In Bierria v. Dickinson Manufacturing Co., Ltd., 36 P.3d 654, 658-59 (Alaska 2001) the Court emphasized that the concept of "substantial similarity" hinges on what the experiment is offered to prove. Often, there are identifiable dissimilarities between the circumstances of the experiment and the real-life event being litigated; nevertheless, the experiment is still "substantially similar" if these dissimilarities are irrelevant to what the proponent of the experimental evidence is trying to prove.