April 30, 2011

Insurance Expert On Auto Insurance Fraud

While no-fault insurance laws can make the claims process a lot easier for policyholders, an insurance expert says the policy is costing drivers millions in excess auto insurance payments due to so many people taking advantage of the system. According to Robert Hartwig, president of the Insurance Information Institute, no-fault auto insurance fraud has reached epidemic levels in New York.

The scale of fraud and abuse in New York State’s no-fault auto insurance system today remains at crisis levels," Hartwig said. "Not only are New York's courtrooms filled with no-fault cases, but an Insurance Research Council study found that over one in five of all downstate New York no-fault closed claims showed signs of fraud and more than one in three appeared to be inflated.

Read more: usinsuranceonline.com.

April 29, 2011

Trucking Expert Witnesses & FMCSA Programs

Trucking expert witnesses may write reports and opine on trucking and transportation rules and regulations, qualifications of truck drivers, federal motor vehicle safety standards, as well as related issues. At the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website, links to key FMCSA programs include:

* Border and International Safety
* Commercial Driver's License Program
* COMPASS
* Enterprise Architecture and FMCSA
* Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs)
* Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs)
* Household Goods Program
* Medical Program
* Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP)
* Motor Carrier Safety Identification and Information Systems
* New Entrant Safety Assurance Process
* Passenger Carrier Program
* Performance & Registration Information Systems Management (PRISM)
* Research and Analysis (R&A)
* Safety Education and Outreach

Read more: fmcsa.dot.gov.

April 28, 2011

Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards Expert Witnesses

Federal motor vehicle safety standards expert witnesses may write reports and opine on the federal motor carrier safety regulations, qualifications of truck drivers, hours-of-service (HOS) requirements, as well as related issues. On its website the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration offers trucking rulemakings and notices including a Department of Transportation proposed safety regulation that would revise hours-of-service (HOS) requirements for commercial truck drivers.

"A fatigued driver has no place behind the wheel of a large commercial truck," said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "We are committed to an hours-of-service rule that will help create an environment where commercial truck drivers are rested, alert and focused on safety while on the job." This new HOS proposal would retain the "34-hour restart" provision allowing drivers to restart the clock on their weekly 60 or 70 hours by taking at least 34 consecutive hours off-duty. However, the restart period would have to include two consecutive off-duty periods from midnight to 6:00 a.m. Drivers would be allowed to use this restart only once during a seven-day period.

The publication of this proposed rule coincides with the time frame established in a court settlement agreement that requires FMCSA to publish a final HOS rule by July 26, 2011.

Read more: www.fmcsa.dot.gov.

April 27, 2011

Benzene Expert Witness On Benzene Exposure

At Consultox.com, benzene expert witness Dr. Richard Parent writes on benzene exposure.

Benzene is a highly volatile aromatic hydrocarbon solvent which is present in most petroleum distillates such as Stoddard solvent and mineral spirits. Recent advances in the purification process for these solvents has reduced the benzene content significantly, but it is still present in products such as WD-40 and Liquid Wrench as well as many solvents used in the printing industry and elsewhere. In the 1950s and into the 1960s, benzene content in some of these solvents was as high as 5 to 15%. Benzene is also a significant component of gasoline and other fuels and is used extensively in various manufacturing processes.

Acute exposure to benzene results in the usual symptomatology from excess solvent exposure including dizziness, drowsiness, rapid heart rate, headaches, tremors, confusion, unconsciousness, and death. While these symptoms are certainly quite serious, exposures to low levels of benzene for just a few years can result in a series of blood dyscrasias which are caused by attack of the blood-forming elements including the bone marrow. Early indicators of these hemotoxic problems include anemias, leukopenias, thrombocytopenias, aplastic anemias, and pancytopenias. While many of these conditions may be considered as part of what is called myelodysplastic syndrome, they also may progress to even more serious leukemias and lymphomas. Most commonly, benzene exposure has been associated causally with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). This condition may also be referred to as acute myeloblastic leukemia, acute myelocytic leukemia, acute granulocytic leukemia, and acute non-lymphocytic leukemia. Other types of leukemia including chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) have been linked to benzene exposure. Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphomas (NHL), Hodgkin’s disease, and multiple myelomas also are related to benzene exposure.

Read more: consultox.com.

April 26, 2011

Document Examination Expert Witness FAQ Part 2

On his website, document examination expert witness Richard T. Picciochi answers the following question:

How can attorneys make sure a handwriting examiner is really a scientist?

Scientific training is the most suitable basic qualification. When selecting a handwriting or document examiner consider if he or she has a science degree or foundation in one of the physical, natural, or forensic sciences from an accredited university. Specialized training, comprehensive apprenticeship, continuing education, professional affiliations, certification and peer group testing are equally important as well as research, publications and teaching in the field.

If you wish to have handwriting or documents examined be aware that persons who call themselves forensic document examiners may be self-taught, trained in graphology, certified by groups outside mainstream forensic science organizations or lack a basic science background. Do your homework and ask questions.

Read more: accessforensisgroup.com.

April 25, 2011

Lawsuit Over Lost Expert Witness Testimony

Dan Cook, a commercial real estate developer, filed a complaint in Bucks County Court of Common Pleas, PA, alleging that borough officials lost nearly all of his evidence. Of the 38 pages of expert witness testimony and exhibits as part of a request for a zoning change, 35 pages of original documents are missing, said Easton attorney Brian Monahan, who represents Cook.

"I've spent a whole lot of money producing evidence. They were the custodian of it, and now it's gone. That would upset anyone," said Dan Cook on Monday.

Read more: phillyburbs.com.

April 24, 2011

IT Expert Witness On The Data Breach

In Get with IT: Once More Into the Breach, Kevin Beaver, information security expert witness with Principle Logic, LLC, writes:

Imagine the scenario: Your network has been penetrated and sensitive data has been exposed. From a public relations mess, to an expensive forensics analysis, to improper handling of breach notifications, to those affected — everything that could have possibly gone wrong has taken place in the aftermath of the breach.

Soon thereafter, your clients and business partners discover what was going on and you end up getting sued. The expert witness for the plaintiff’s attorneys has provided guidance as to what could have been done to prevent this data breach — the systems and controls that should have been in place — as well as how things should have been handled once the breach was detected.

The plaintiff’s legal team sends over document requests asking you to produce....

Read more: securityinfowatch.com.

April 23, 2011

Insurance Expert Witnesses & Financial Stability Oversight Council

Insurance expert witnesses may write reports and testify on property insurance, insurance regulations, casualty insurance, and related topics. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners has told Congress that there is insufficient insurance expertise on the Financial Stability Oversight Council.

Adequate representation of insurance regulators on the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) is key to financial stability, Missouri Insurance Director John Huff told Congress April 14th. Speaking on behalf of the NAIC, Huff testified before the House Committee on Financial Services' Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

"Our regulatory system requires regulators to work collaboratively and share information with one another in confidential settings. Yet to date, I have been restricted from consulting with my fellow insurance regulators on matters before FSOC," testified Huff.

Read more: www.naic.org.

April 22, 2011

Agriculture Expert Witness On Job Creation In Northeast

Jonathan Taylor testified in Congress as an agriculture expert witness and spoke on regulatory impediments to job creation in the Northeast. Taylor serves on the state board of directors for New York Farm Bureau. He is well-versed about the impact of costly regulations on agriculture and jobs, NYFB officials said.

American farmers compete in a global marketplace and the U.S. farms are at a disadvantage because of the regulatory costs they face compared to foreign farms “who do not have to tolerate such rigorous and expensive regulations,” Taylor told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight and Government Spending.

Read more: thedailynewsonline.com.

April 21, 2011

Document Examination Expert Witness FAQ Part 1

On his website, document examination expert witness Richard T. Picciochi answers the following questions:

How can forensic document examiners help attorneys?

A forensic document examiner (FDE) can assist clients by resolving a variety of disputed signature, handwriting and document problems including contested wills, deeds, contracts, mortgages, insurance forms, nuptial agreements, forged checks and altered medical records. An FDE can offer oral or written opinions, provide litigation support and testify as an expert witness.

Is graphology the same as forensic handwriting examination?

While both disciplines involve the analysis of handwriting the principles and methods are quite different. Graphology attempts to predict personality profiles while forensics involves scientific method to compare questioned and known writing characteristics to identify or eliminate an author. Unfortunately, there are some graphologists who claim to be forensic scientists.


Read more: accessforensisgroup.com.

April 20, 2011

Trucking Expert Witnesses & Proposed Rules

Trucking expert witnesses may write reports and opine on the truck manufacturing industry, qualifications of truck drivers, and federal motor vehicle safety standards, as well as related issues. On its website the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration offers trucking rulemakings and notices including a Department of Transportation proposed safety regulation that would specifically prohibit interstate commercial truck and bus drivers from using hand-held cell phones while operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV).

"Every time a commercial truck or bus driver takes his or her eyes off the road to use a cell phone, even for a few seconds, the driver places everyone around them at risk," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "This proposed rule will go a long way toward keeping a driver's full attention focused on the road."

The proposed Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rule would prohibit commercial drivers from reaching for, holding or dialing a cell phone while operating a CMV. Drivers who violate these restrictions would face federal civil penalties of up to $2,750 for each offense and disqualification of their commercial driver's license (CDL) for multiple offenses. Additionally, states would suspend a driver's CDL after two or more violations of any state law on hand-held cell phone use.

Read more: www.fmcsa.dot.gov.

April 19, 2011

Interstate Motor Carrier Operations Expert Witnesses

Interstate motor carrier operations expert witnesses may write reports and opine on the trucking industry, trucking and transportation rules and regulations, and related topics. On April 8th, the U.S. Department of Transportation released the details of a proposed, phased long-haul, cross-border trucking program between the United States and Mexico. The proposed new program prioritizes safety, while satisfying the United States’ international obligations. It also builds upon the progress announced by Presidents Obama and Calderon in early March.

After the previous program was terminated in March 2009, Secretary LaHood and other Administration officials met with lawmakers, safety advocates, industry representatives and other stakeholders to address a broad range of concerns. DOT has continued that dialogue and has taken concerns raised into account as it has worked with Mexico to develop a new program.

Click here to view the Federal Register notice.

April 18, 2011

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April 18, 2011

Medical Expert Witnesses & Impact Of UK Decision

Law firms in Australia are alarmed by the potential impact a UK Supreme Court decision could have on the way expert witnesses are treated in Australian courts. Slater & Gordon partner Bill Madden argues the March decision in Jones v Kaney in London could open up the door to medical and other expert witnesses who are negligent in their testimony being sued. “The decision marks a significant shift away from the protection medical experts are given in UK and Australian courts,” Madden said.

Read more: thenewlawyer.com.

April 17, 2011

Insurance Expert Witnesses & Small Business Insurance

Insurance expert witnesses may opine on commercial liability policies, business insurance, and liability insurance, among other topics. In How Small Businesses Can Buy Peace of Mind, ABMN staff write:

Potential lawsuits are one of the biggest unknowns that can shut down a small business. In 2011, small businesses are projected to incur $152 billion in tort liability costs, according to the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform. Professional liability insurance can be an easy and inexpensive way to cover the defense costs of possible lawsuits.

“Everybody make mistakes, but these don’t need to be fatal to your business and your other assets,” said Kevin Kerridge, small business insurance expert from Hiscox USA. “However, small businesses are vulnerable to lawsuits even if they’ve done nothing wrong. Purchasing professional liability insurance for a small business allows owners to focus on their customers and worry less about potential troubles around the next corner and any potential attorneys’ fees.”

Read more: americanbankingnews.com.

April 16, 2011

Industrial Psychology Expert Witnesses

Industrial psychology expert witnesses writes reports and opine in numerous areas involving people at work. Here, IO psychology expert Dr. Bob Rose, writes:

Many people are not familiar with the work of Industrial-Organizational Psychologists (often referred to as “IO’s”.) IO Psychologists are trained in Psychology – usually at the PhD level – but work within business settings. Rather than counsel for depression and family issues as the more well-known Clinical Psychologists do, IO Psychologists work in such areas as pre-hire assessment of job candidates, business coaching, team building, evaluation of problems such as sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, etc. Businesses who want to be pro-active can use these services to improve the quality of employees, make their employees more satisfied etc. Attorneys who need experts who understand behavior and motivation specifically within a business setting may find IOs a good hybrid of business expert and psychologist.

April 15, 2011

Commercial Designs Expert Witnesses

Commercial designs expert witnesses may testify on space planning, green retrofits, interior design, and related topics. At BuildingDesign&Construction.com, Drew Ballensky writes:

Historic find raises cost of NYC City Hall Rehab; PV panel plan scrapped

The discoveries of a colonial-era structure onsite and more serious structural deterioration than expected have led to a projected 12% increase in the renovation of New York’s City Hall. The structure located behind City Hall yielded artifacts, including a bayonet that may have belonged to a British soldier during the Revolutionary War, and British farthings minted between 1746-54.

The archeological find meant that workers had to dig by hand around the site to carefully uncover artifacts, which boosted labor costs. This discovery, along with the need for an additional tunnel to bring new power lines into the building for new mechanical equipment, have helped to boost the project’s cost to an estimated $119 million.

Read more: bdcnetwork.com.

April 15, 2011

Interior Design Expert Witnesses & Retrofits

Interior design expert witnesses may testify on space planning, green retrofits, commercial designs, and related topics. At BuildingDesign&Construction.com, Drew Ballensky writes:

California turns its attention to seismic retrofits following massive earthquakes overseas

Major earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand have California officials focused on the quake vulnerability of thousands of concrete buildings built before the state adopted stringent seismic building codes. California has an estimated 25,000 to 30,000 brittle concrete buildings lacking sufficient reinforcing steel.

Read more bdcnetwork.com.

April 15, 2011

Bar Security Expert Witness On Business Security

In THE BUSINESS SECURITY TEST, bar security expert witness Robert A. Gardner, CPP, writes that "no business is totally immune from the threat of crime but a little prior planning and a few common sense precautions are all that is necessary to deter most criminals."

Office Security
18. Do you record all equipment serial numbers and file them in a safe place?

19. Do you shred sensitive documents before discarding them?

20. Do you lock briefcases and bags containing important material in a safe place when not actually in use?

21. Do you insist on proper identification from all vendors and repair persons who come into your office?

22. Do you make regular bank deposits and avoid keeping large sums of money in the office overnight?

23. Do you clear desks of important papers every night?

24. Do you frequently change the combination to your safe?

25. When employees work alone at night do they set the door lock to prevent anyone from entering uninvited?

26. Are emergency phone numbers posted near all phones?

27. Is computer access restricted to authorized personnel and are access telephone numbers kept confidential?

28. Are all doors leading to the office protected by heavy duty, double cylinder deadbolt locks?

29. Are all windows, transoms and ventilators properly protected?

30. Is there a closing routine established to make sure that everything is properly secured prior to leaving?

31. If the office is protected by an alarm system, does the equipment work properly and is it set every night?

32. If you employ a guards, do you check their watch clock tape or dial each morning to be certain that they are doing their job properly?

33. Do you periodically review your security policies and procedures and update them where necessary?

34. Are computer files routinely backed up and backup files stored in a secure off-site location?

April 15, 2011

Pesticides Expert Witnesses

Pesticides expert witnesses may write reports and opine on pesticide contamination, insects, pesticide products, and pest control. Here, the EPA discusses pest control devices.

Pesticides are commonly thought of as chemicals. But EPA also has a role in regulating devices used to control pests. How a device might be regulated, however, depends on the device's specific design and function and whether it incorporates or is used with a pesticide.

A product is a pesticide if it incorporates a substance or mixture of substances designed to prevent, attract, repel, destroy, or mitigate a pest. A product is a pest control device (or "device") if it uses only physical or mechanical means to trap, destroy, repel, or mitigate any pest and does not include any pesticidal substance or mixture of substances. For example, an ant trap would NOT be considered a pest control device, because it contains a pesticide chemical substance intended to work in concert with the physical container. It is therefore subject to regulation under pesticide law.

April 14, 2011

Night Club Security Expert Witness On Business Security

In THE BUSINESS SECURITY TEST, nightclub security expert witness Robert A. Gardner, CPP, writes that "no business is totally immune from the threat of crime but a little prior planning and a few common sense precautions are all that is necessary to deter most criminals."

Office Security

1. Do you restrict office keys to those who actually need them?

2. Do you keep complete, up-to-date records of the disposition of all office keys?

3. Do you have adequate procedures for collecting keys from terminated employees?

4. Do you secure all typewriters, calculators, computers, etc. with some type of locking device?

5. Do you prohibit duplication of office keys except for those which are specifically ordered by you in writing?

6. Do you require that all office keys be marked "Do not duplicate" to prevent legitimate locksmiths from making copies without your knowledge?

7. Have you established a policy that keys will not be left unguarded on desks or cabinets - and do you enforce the policy?

8. Do you require that filing cabinet keys be removed from locks and placed in a secure location when not actually in use?

9. Do you have procedures to prevent unauthorized persons from reporting a "lost key" and getting a "replacement"?

10. Do you routinely obliterate code numbers on all keys to prevent unauthorized duplication?

11. Do you have a responsible person in charge of your key control program?

12. Are all keys systematically stored in a secure wall cabinet of either your own design or from a commercial key control system?

13. Do you keep a record showing issuance and return of every key, including name of person, date and time?

14. Do you use telephone locks to prevent unauthorized use of phones when the office is unattended?

15. Do you provide secure areas for employees to store their personal property?

16. Do you have at least one filing cabinet secured with an auxiliary locking bar so that you can properly secure sensitive documents?

17. Do you leave lights on at night?

April 14, 2011

Pesticide Products Expert Witnesses & Registration

Pesticide products expert witnesses may testify on fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, and related topics. Here, the EPA discusses pest control devices.

If a device and a pesticide product are packaged together, that combined product is a pesticide product subject to registration requirements. For example, 1-Octen-3-ol (octenol) is registered as a pesticide product intended to attract certain species of mosquitoes and biting flies. If octenol is distributed or sold in or packaged with a trap for that purpose, the combination product is a pesticide product that must be registered separately. If the trap is sold without the octenol, it is a device regulated by EPA.

A device is NOT required to be registered with EPA; however, other requirements do apply to devices. The sections on this page below provide additional examples and links that highlight different ways devices are regulated, not regulated, and associated information. For questions about whether a specific product is a device or not, you should contact your EPA regional office.

April 14, 2011

Biomedical Expert Witnesses

Biomedical expert witnesses may write reports and testify on biomedical engineering, biomedical physics, and biotechnology, among other topics. On their website, the Biomedical Engineering Society describes bioengineering:

Bioengineering integrates physical, chemical, or mathematical sciences and engineering principles for the study of biology, medicine, behavior, or health. It advances fundamental concepts, creates for the molecular to the organ systems levels, and develops innovative biologics, materials, processes, implants, devices, and informatics approaches for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, for patient rehabilitation, and for improving health[iii].

Generally, bioengineering encompasses other engineering disciplines when they are applied to living organisms (e.g. prosthetics in mechanical engineering). Bioengineering is often synonymous with biomedical engineering, though in the strict sense the term can be applied more broadly to include food engineering and agricultural engineering. Biotechnology also falls under the purview of the broad umbrella of bioengineering. Biological Engineering is the same thing as Agricultural Engineering, whereas Biomedical engineering (also known as bioengineering) is related with the medical field. Biological engineering is called Bioengineering by some colleges and Biomedical engineering is called Bioengineering by others.

April 14, 2011

Medical Insurance Expert Witness On Maximum Benefits

In No room to stand, medical insurance expert witness Robert H. Dobson writes on maximum benefits:

Abstract

The idea of taxing so-called Cadillac plans may not sound unreasonable upon first glance. But an actuarial view quickly reveals that the high cost of these plans has as much to do with the characteristics of the covered population as it does with benefit richness. It also reveals that the method of determining the taxable benefit threshold may create unintended consequences—especially when coupled with other benefit-level requirements under various reform proposals, leaving little room between benefit floors and the ceiling in certain slices of the insurance market. Is there a better way to structure a ceiling for maximum benefits? One solution might entail better defining actuarial value and using the refined notion to address both the floor and the ceiling.

Read more: insight.milliman.com.

April 13, 2011

Armored Transport Expert Witness On Truck Crashes Part 1

In Root Causes of Truck Crashes, armored transport expert witness Jim McGuffey, CPP, writes:

Most attorneys representing clients in a truck crash and injury case hire an expert in
accident reconstruction. While this is appropriate, the vast majority of these experts
have not had full Profit and Loss (P&L) responsibility for managing trucking companies
which is crucial in understanding what led to the crash.

Understanding the root cause of a truck crash requires more than understanding speed
of travel, weather conditions, traffic conditions and driver or roadway conditions. While
understanding these elements are essential to determine fault, there are several internal
documents that must be examined to determine whether the organization consciously
placed the lives of their employees and the public at risk. Examination of documents
such as training programs, fleet maintenance records and financial records also help to
determine whether a company puts profits ahead of safety.

April 12, 2011

Biomedical Engineering Expert Witnesses

Biomedical engineering expert witnesses may write reports and opine on medical devices, biomedical physics, and biomedical science. The Biomedical Engineering Society website offers information including research, publications, and industry updates. See BMES.

April 12, 2011

Property Insurance Expert On Subsidence Insurance

After a mine subsidence forced the evacuation of homes in Dunmore Borough, PA, lawmakers invited Maurice Gardner, a subsidence investigator with the state Department of Environmental Protection, to their monthly work session. The property insurance expert answered questions from residents about Pennsylvania's subsidence insurance program.

Mr. Gardner spoke about the details of the program, which is offered for both residential and commercial properties. In a place like Dunmore, where nearly the entire town sits atop coal mines, the insurance is "definitely worth having," he said. Regular homeowner's insurance typically does not cover subsidences. The DEP program is a nonprofit fund established in the early 1960s. Mr. Gardner also talked about what to expect from a subsidence. It usually happens quickly, causing a foundation to crack or shift. The deeper the mine, the wider the surface area affected, he said.

Read more: http://thetimes-tribune.com/news.

April 11, 2011

Insurance Claims Expert Witness On AMI

AMI Insurance was a time-bomb waiting to explode, exposing how woefully ill-prepared New Zealand's second biggest residential insurance company is to cope with a worst case catastrophe, an insurance expert says.

The Government was forced to bail out AMI with a $500 million financial guarantee after the insurer said it was at risk of not being able to pay out on all claims relating to the February 22 earthquake in Christchurch. Massey University senior insurance lecturer Michael Naylor says apart from AMI's difficulties, New Zealand's largely Australian-owned insurance companies are sound with strong A grade credit ratings.

Read more: http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries.

April 10, 2011

Hospital Administration Expert Witnesses

Hospital administration expert witnesses may write reports and opine on hospital regulations, physician credentialing, hospital bylaws, and related topics. In How to Work as a Hospital Administration Expert, eHow.com writes:

Hospital administrators are executive-level staffs who oversee all areas of hospital management. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook handbook, the median salary for a medical and health services managers is $73,340 per year.

Get a degree in a field related to hospital administration. Although you may work as a hospital administrator with a bachelor's degree, most hospital administration experts have a master's degree or doctorate in healthcare management or related field.

Build experience in healthcare management. Hospital administrators must be able to manage all aspects of the hospital, including personnel, clinical services, finances, development, and risk-management. Prior to working as a hospital administrator, it is beneficial to serve in a lower-level supervisory role in one of these areas so that you understand the practical implications of your work.

Read more: ehow.com.


April 9, 2011

Medical Insurance Expert Witness On The Healthcare Market

In Understanding healthcare plan costs and complexities, medical insurance expert witness Robert H. Dobson writes:

Abstract
The many available choices in the U.S. commercial insurance market, combined with the unique complexities of the current healthcare market, create a complex cause-and-effect matrix that is reflected in a range of different health plan costs. This paper examines five types of plan design and the costs associated with them, and includes an analysis of the many variables at work. The paper also cautions that actuarial considerations must be used in the proper context if they are to support an effective healthcare reform effort.

Read more: insight.milliman.com.

April 8, 2011

Entertainment Expert Witnesses & Copyright Part 3

Entertainment expert witnesses may testify on motion picture distribution, media piracy, royalties, and related topics. In Protecting Creativity, Expanding Consumer Choice, the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. writes:

More than 2.4 million American jobs rely upon a healthy film and television industry in the United States. We are committed to safeguarding these jobs by protecting intellectual property and delivering innovative choices to consumers. To be successful, we seek to constructively engage with diverse stakeholders. This includes:

* Partnering with the technology and communications communities to reduce copyright theft and expand the diversity of legitimate choices available to consumers, so they can enjoy the genuine product — authentic copies of movies & TV shows — at a fair price and in flexible and hassle-free ways.
* Working to include strong intellectual property rights provisions in every U.S. trade agreement and working to ensure that all parties uphold the commitments we have made to one another to protect the power of creative ideas around the world.
* Working with law enforcement and other entities to safeguard intellectual property rights as a cornerstone of our global information economy.
* Collaborating with educators to promote respect for copyright at an early age and teaching the importance of responsible digital citizenship.

Read more: mpaa.com.

April 7, 2011

Underground Storage Tank Expert Witnesses

Underground storage tank expert witnesses may opine on underground storage containers, storage facilities containers, and underground storage facilities. In Field Guide to Underground Storage Tanks, The National Association of Realtors writes:

An underground storage tank system is a tank and any underground piping connected to the tank that has at least 10 percent of its combined volume underground. [Federal U.S. underground storage tank] regulations apply to only underground tanks and piping storing either petroleum or certain hazardous substances." (Basic Information About the Underground Storage Tank Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Nov. 17, 2009).

Why are underground storage tanks regulated by the U.S. government? As with any liquid-containing vessel, USTs have the ability to degrade and wear over time, in turn causing leaks. These leaks can pose substantial public health and safety risks, ranging from contaminating the groundwater that many Americans rely on for drinking water, to potential fire or explosion risk, (Overview of the Federal UST Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Apr. 2, 2010)

Read more: realtor.org.

April 6, 2011

Leasing Expert Witnesses & Leasing Index

Leasing expert witnesses may testify on commercial leasing, lease purchases, rental agreements, and related topics. In the
Monthly Lease & Financing Index, the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association shows new business up 24% from 2010.

ELFA reports that economic activity for the equipment finance sector shows overall new business volume for January was $4.2 billion, up 24% compared to same period in 2010. Receivables over 30 days increased slightly to 2.8% in January from 2.7% in December, but declined by 35% compared to same period in 2010. Charge-offs declined significantly, falling to 1.0% from 1.4% in December, and also showed improvement over same period in 2010.

The latest Monthly Leasing and Finance Index, including methodology and participants is available at http://www.elfaonline.org/ind/research/MLFI/

April 5, 2011

Genetics Expert Witnesses

Genetics expert witnesses may write reports and opine on genetic diagnosis, prenatal testing, medical genetics, and related topics.

Genetics is the science of genes, heredity, and variation in living organisms which deals with the molecular structure and function of genes. In simpler words the genetics is the study of traits one inherit from there parents in form of genes. Genes plays an important role in determining some ones appearance and behavior of organisms, it is the combination of genetics with what an organism experiences that determines the ultimate outcome. Also the parents can also transfer diseases and disorder to their children. Also sometimes the abnormalities in genes can cause genetic disorder.

Read more: http://www.articlesbase.com.

April 4, 2011

Medical Insurance Expert Witness & Health Insurance Reform Resources

Medical insurance expert witness Mr. L. Lamar Blount, CPA, FHFMA, CFF, offers links to Medicare & Medicaid resources from his website Health Law Network. They include:

Health Insurance Reform

* COBRA Continuation of Coverage
* Health Insurance Reform for Consumers
* Health Insurance Reform for Employers
* Self-Funded Nonfederal Governmental Plans

April 3, 2011

Entertainment Expert Witnesses & Copyright Part 2

Entertainment expert witnesses may testify on motion picture distribution, media piracy, royalties, and related topics. In Protecting Creativity, Expanding Consumer Choice, the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. writes:

From the visual arts to the software industry, more and more people around the globe make their living based on the power of their creative ideas and those of others. This means we all have a global stake in protecting intellectual property rights and recognizing that these safeguards are a cornerstone of a healthy global information economy. That’s no different from the importance of protecting any other property rights such as those in manufactured products, homes and public buildings and the people and industries that contribute to those parts of our economic strength and well-being.

Read more: mpaa.com.

April 2, 2011

Storage Expert Witnesses

Storage expert witnesses may opine on public storage facilities, mini-storage facilities, and self storage. Here, in the History of Self Storage, Paul Darden writes:

The switch to "self-storage" as we know it today, was started in the mid 1960s by the early pioneers such as Russ Williams, Bob Munn, Charles, Ronald, and Richard Bowyer, Louis Rochester and his many partners, Tom Brundage, Guy Robertson, and Sam Judge. To put their accomplishments into perspective, each of them was building prior to 1970. It was not until 1972 that Public Storage built their first facility in El Cajon, California.

Williams and his stepson Munn built the first self-storage facility in Texas called "A-1 U-Store-It U-Lock-It U-Carry the Key" in Odessa. Russ Williams worked his entire life in the oil industry, and in the 1960s he owned an oil industry service company. Russ and Bob were both avid fishermen, and they needed a place to store both their boats and their oil field equipment. Other firms in the oil industry also needed to have quick access storage for their equipment in the event of an emergency. According to Munn, Williams had seen some apartments somewhere with four to 10 garages side by side with common walls between them. (There was such a project in Irving, Texas built by Paul Nelson in 1962). Others have reported that Williams heard about the concept while ill in a hospital. Williams discussed the idea of building a storage facility with Louis Rochester in 1964. Rochester chose not to become a partner in the original building, but sold the land to Williams for that first facility.

Read more: txssa.org.

April 1, 2011

Media Expert Witness & Online Piracy

Broadband providers and content owners opposed each other in the High Court, London, in a judicial review of the government’s attempts to control piracy online. BT and TalkTalk are challenging the legitimacy of parts of the Digital Economy Act.

Professor Stan Liebowitz from the University of Texas, who has published research about file-sharing, testified as a media expert witness. He provided evidence of piracy’s damage to the entertainment industry and opined on the internet service providers arguments regarding the potential harm of the new law.

Read more: ft.com.