January 31, 2012

Police Procedures Expert Witness On Stun Gun Death

Police procedures expert witness Robert F. Thomas Jr. of the Mecklenburg County, NC, Attorney's Office, testified that sheriff Rudy Torres was justified in using a stun gun twice on Jarrel Gray during an arrest. The expert said "The entire course of action, in my judgment, was wise and prudent.” Gray's parents area seeking $145M in the wrongful death suit.

January 30, 2012

Forensic Accounting Expert Witness On Fraud Case

Forensic accounting expert witness Bob Grosnoff says he is "an expert witness in financial fraud cases and I'm usually on the side of claimants. I like to get the bad guys off the street." When Wealth Strategies Advisory Group invited the expert to investigate their company, Grosnoff uncovered seven tax liens against Vince Annable who runs the company.

January 29, 2012

Insurance Consultant On Reinsurance Arbitrations

Attorney Robert M. Hall is a former insurance and reinsurance executive and acts as an insurance consultant as well as an arbitrator and mediator of insurance and reinsurance disputes. In HOW REINSURANCE ARBITRATIONS CAN BE FASTER, CHEAPER AND BETTER (REVISTED), he writes:

This is an update of an article which first appeared in 2004 and was intended as an action plan for remedying some of the more significant problems with the reinsurance arbitration process. Unfortunately, this action plan has not progressed very far since then.

Read more: http://www.robertmhall.com/publications.htm.

January 28, 2012

Patents Expert Witness Advised Government Of India

As a consultant to the World Bank, patents expert witness Bruce Abramson, JD, PhD, advised the Government of India about the steps necessary to complete the reform of their patent system. He contributed to overall study of India’s knowledge economy, the state of its innovation system, and the further reforms needed for the country to transition into the information age.

Read more: http://www.jurispro.com/BruceAbramsonJDPhD.

January 27, 2012

Criminology Expert Witness On Vancouver Missing Women Inquiry

Criminology expert witness Kim Rossmo heads Texas State University’s Center for Geospatial Intelligence and Investigation and is a former member of the Vancouver Police Department. Rossmo recently told the Vancouver Missing Women Inquiry that serial killer Robert Pickton could have been caught earlier if Vancouver police had not "dropped the ball." Pickton was charged in the murder of twenty-five women.

In addition to assisting in criminal cases and training law enforcement on how to use his methodology in serial property crime investigations, Rossmo is exploring its versatility by applying it to projects ranging from border control to counterterrorism.

January 27, 2012

Accident Investigation Expert Witness & Cellphone Use

On his website, accident investigation expert witness Christopher Gayner, Expert Reconstruction Company, shares this information:

A federal agency called for a ban on all cellphone use by drivers — the most far-reaching such recommendation to date — saying its decision was based on a decade of investigations into distraction-related accidents, as well as growing concerns that powerful mobile devices are giving drivers even more reasons to look away from the road.

As part of its recommendation, the National Transportation Safety Board is urging states to ban drivers from using hands-free devices, including wireless headsets. No state now outlaws such activity, but the board said that drivers faced serious risks from talking on wireless headsets, just as they do by taking a hand off the wheel to hold a phone to their ear.

January 26, 2012

Psychiatry Expert Witness Testifed In Johnson & Johnson Lawsuit

Psychiatry expert witness Joseph Glenmullen testified in the Texas case against Johnson & Johnson. Glenmullen, a clinical instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, said J&J hid information revealing that the antipsychotic drug Risperdal could cause weight gain, leading to diabetes.

January 25, 2012

Real Estate Expert On Toronto Skyscraper Sale

Real estate expert Bill Argeropoulos says there may be a bidding war over Scotiabank's landmark red skyscraper in Toronto. Canada's second tallest building could sell for $1 billion or more. Argeropoulos is Vice President and Director of Research for Avison Young’s Canadian operations.

January 24, 2012

Insurance Expert Witness Testimony

In Insurance Industry Expert Testimony: Is It a Legal Conclusion or Custom and Practice?, Anthony J. Zarillo, Jr. writes:

As a general matter, whether expert witness testimony is admissible has been subject to challenge on a wide variety of issues throughout federal and state courts. The issues triggered by decisions such as Frye v. United States, Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Kumho Tire Co., v. Carmichael, have particular application and importance as well to questions regarding testimony provided by experts in the insurance industry....

Anthony J. Zarillo, Jr. is a founding shareholder of the law firm of Bevan, Mosca, Giuditta & Zarillo, P.C., which represents the insurance industry.

January 23, 2012

Patents Expert Witness On Free Markets

In What Government Should be Doing in the Markets, patents expert witness Bruce Abramson writes:

It’s hardly a secret that the 2012 election is shaping up as a contest between free markets and big government. And while the choice seems clear in the current political environment, it’s important to recall that government does play a critical role in the development and maintenance of functioning markets.

Abramson holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Columbia and a J.D. from Georgetown. He is the President of Informationism, Inc., a San Francisco-based consultancy that helps an international clientele understand the law, the policies, the economics, and the strategic uses of patents, copyrights, and other forms of intellectual property.

January 22, 2012

Construction Site Expert Witness On Internet Postings Part 2

In Experts - Be Wary of What You Post Online construction site expert witness William Gulya, Jr., President & CEO, Middlesex Trenching Company, writes:

Recently I followed a discussion wherein an expert was seeking opinions on how to best present a complex testing method in his report to a jury. Several experts responded, each with his or her advice and opinion. However, as the discussion progressed, it became a debate on the types of testing methods and the accuracy of each, the point of the original question (how to best present and explain the expert’s findings) quickly getting lost. The ramification of these experts publicizing their opinions on the testing methods – possibly being used against them in their future cases – was ignored.

A good policy is to keep any questions and queries to other experts private. You can call experts you know. You can even look up experts on the Internet and call them. You will find that most are willing to extend professional courtesy to you by sharing their experience on the question at hand. But do not use email, as it is discoverable as well.

Overzealous attorneys will look to discredit experts for even the most innocent discussions. They will take a discussion out of context and twist it around in an attempt to score a few unearned, unjust points with the jury. Experts need to be aware of this and be prepared to address and justify any exchanges/dialogues/discourse on the matter. (Also note that, in some cases, you must not under any circumstances discuss cases with anyone other than your staff.)

William Gulya, Jr., President & CEO, Middlesex Trenching Company for more than 35 years, specializes in excavation & construction site preparation – earthwork and grading, water mains, sewer installation, trenching, containment, underground utilities, dike repair, heavy equipment rentals. www.siteworkexpert.com

January 21, 2012

Traffic Safety Expert To Testify Re: Chevy Volt Fire Risks

General Motors Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson will testify this week regarding the investigation into fire risks in the Chevrolet Volt. Traffic safety expert David Strickland, Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, will also testify before a panel of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Mr. Strickland oversees the broad range of vehicle safety and policymaking programs under NHTSA's jurisdiction — including setting vehicle safety standards, investigating possible safety defects, and tracking safety-related recalls; establishing and enforcing regulations on fuel economy; investigating odometer fraud and publishing vehicle theft data.

Read more: http://www.nhtsa.gov/.

January 20, 2012

Insurance Expert On Life Insurance

In Defy Popular Perception: Overcome the Life Insurance Taboo, insurance expert Philip E. Harriman, CLU, CHCF, 2007 MDRT President, partner with Lebel and Harriman LLP, writes:

The trend in today’s financial planning industry is to avoid talking about life insurance and, instead, focus on investments. Yet talking only about investing assets leaves out a major aspect of planning — how do you grow and protect those assets? The answer is still life insurance. ...

Due to this new trend, fewer and fewer advisors have life insurance expertise. This is not an evolution of the business; instead, it does our clients a disservice.

Read more: lifehealthpro.

For over thirty years, Phil Harriman has worked with family-held and nonprofit businesses in the areas of retirement planning, business continuation arrangements and estate planning. He started his career with Maine Governor James B. Longley’s insurance agency in 1977. In 1983, he and Michael A. Lebel formed an independent insurance and investment brokerage firm - Lebel & Harriman, LLP.

January 19, 2012

Forensic Accouting Expert Witnesses & Stanford Fraud Case

U.S. District Judge David Hittner has denied R. Allen Stanford's lawyers request to delay the fraud case against the financier. Defense lawyers requested more time to evaluate testimony from forensic accounting expert witnesses on auditing and accounting procedures.

January 18, 2012

Hospitality Expert Witness On Working With The Law

In The need to understand and work with the law continues to grow in hospitality – Today and in the Future, John Hogan writes:

In my continuing professional work as an educator, an expert witness for both plaintiffs and defendants, as a consultant, author and speaker, I clearly see that the need to understand and work with the law continues to grow. As owners and operators in hotels, restaurants, spas, clubs and other hospitality businesses, we must recognize what a litigious society we are and how to protect all parties to the best of our knowledge.

Read more: hospitalitynet.org.

January 17, 2012

Construction Site Expert Witness On Internet Postings Part 1

In Experts - Be Wary of What You Post Online construction site expert witness William Gulya, Jr., President & CEO, Middlesex Trenching Company, writes:

Experts in almost any field sometimes need assistance in determining the best method and means to present a point or to support it in a report.

The Internet is a fabulous source of information, with blogs, Twitter, Facebook and specialty discussion boards for almost any subject or field of expertise you can imagine. However, if you want to keep something private, don’t post it on the Internet, as the world will have access to it. As an expert, virtually everything you write or post becomes a discoverable record available to anyone with the vigor and persistence to find it.

An inherent problem with experts seeking opinion or advice from other experts on a discussion board or blog is that it is discoverable. When an expert seeks advice in these types of forums it is available to almost anyone including, of course, the opposing counsel in the case the expert is working on.

William Gulya, Jr., President & CEO, Middlesex Trenching Company for more than 35 years, specializes in excavation & construction site preparation – earthwork and grading, water mains, sewer installation, trenching, containment, underground utilities, dike repair, heavy equipment rentals. www.siteworkexpert.com

January 16, 2012

Medical Expert On Alcohol Analysis

Attorney James Crouch has hired a medical expert to testify for Apex, NC, Councilman Scott Lassite who was found guilty of DWI. The expert will testify in Wake County Superior court that Lassiter's medical condition, gastroesophageal reflux disease, created a high alcohol reading.

Read more: www.careynews.com.

January 15, 2012

Computers Expert Witness Hired In Identiy Theft Case

Lachlan Clyne, mayor of Unley, Australia, has hired a computers expert witness in the case against him involving identity theft and dishonest dealings. Mr. Clyne says he will plead not guilty in the Magistrates Court charges against him this week regarding the local government's 2010 election campaign.

January 14, 2012

Psychiatry Expert Witness Testifies In Montreal Court

Psychiatry expert witness Dominique Bourget testified in Montreal court that Guy Turcotte presents a low risk to public safety and should be released without conditions in a hearing to determine whether the former cardiologist can be returned to society.

January 13, 2012

Auto Insurance Claims Expert Witnesses Part 2

Auto insurance claims expert witnesses may testify on insurance carriers, insurance policies, and related matters. In 1990, insurance expert, Dr. Lena Chang and former New Jersey Insurance Commissioner James J. Sheeran founded New Jersey Citizens United Reciprocal Exchange ("NJ CURE") which is now CURE Auto Insurance. Their website offers Safety Driving Tips:

Keep headlights on one hour before dusk and one hour after dawn to increase your vehicle’s visibility.

Regularly clean the interior of your windshield to eliminate glare while driving at night.

Light is reflected back off of the fog, so using your high beams can reduce visibility.

Drunk-driver-related accident fatalities are at their highest on Friday and Saturday nights.

Distances are more difficult to gauge at night.


Citizens United Reciprocal Exchange, (CURE) is a not-for-profit reciprocal exchange headquartered in Princeton, N.J. Founded in 1990 by New Jersey Insurance Commissioner James J. Sheeran and award-winning insurance expert, Dr. Lena Chang as an answer to the insurance crisis in New Jersey, CURE continues to lead the way as the not-for-profit solution for responsible drivers and the "cure" for the continuously evolving auto insurance problems. CURE is currently available in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Read more: http://www.cure.com/SafeDrivingTips.asp.

January 12, 2012

Florida Legislature & Daubert

A Florida House panel has approved a bill that would lead to tougher standards for expert witnesses. HB 243 would replace the Frye standard with the Daubert standard, bringing Florida more in line with expert testimony requirements in federal courts.

Read more: news-press.com.

January 11, 2012

Computer Expert Witness On City's IT System

A computer expert witness opined on the computer irregularities in the city of Sarasota, FL's IT system. The consultant said some files are missing, data that should have been private was not, and emails were erased. City Manager Robert Bartolotta has denied any wrongdoing.

January 10, 2012

Homeowner's Insurance Expert Witnesses

Homeowner's insurance expert witnesses may write reports and opine on insurance coverage, insurance companies, and associated issues. Insurance expert Eustace L. Greaves Jr., licensed insurance agent and broker/owner of Greaves Financial Services & The Bridge Insurance Agency, recently shared advice on the top things homeowners can do to lower the cost of home insurance with Homes.org.

Read more: prweb.com.

January 9, 2012

Medical Expert On Texting & Tendonitis

Medical expert Dr. John M Wieland is seeing texting-related tendonitis in his Illinois general surgery practice. De Quervain's tenosynovitis is a painful inflammation of the two tendons that control movement of the thumb.

Read more: mayoclinic.com.

January 8, 2012

Auto Insurance Claims Expert Witnesses

Auto insurance claims expert witnesses may testify on insurance carriers, insurance policies, and related matters. In 1990, insurance expert, Dr. Lena Chang and former New Jersey Insurance Commissioner James J. Sheeran founded New Jersey Citizens United Reciprocal Exchange ("NJ CURE") which is now CURE Auto Insurance. Their website offers Safety Driving Tips:

Tip # 1 Drinking and driving is the leading cause of death for Americans between the ages of 17 and 24.

Tip # 2 The cost of an average DUI is $3,000.

Tip # 3 Deer are most active between 5 and 8 pm.

Tip # 4 Headlights have an illumination range of 200 to 250 feet. To allow for sufficient brake time, reduce your speed to 45 miles per hour at night.

Tip # 5 Keep in mind that deer wander in groups. If you see one crossing the road, be alert for more deer that could be following.

Citizens United Reciprocal Exchange, (CURE) is a not-for-profit reciprocal exchange headquartered in Princeton, N.J. Founded in 1990 by New Jersey Insurance Commissioner James J. Sheeran and award-winning insurance expert, Dr. Lena Chang as an answer to the insurance crisis in New Jersey, CURE continues to lead the way as the not-for-profit solution for responsible drivers and the "cure" for the continuously evolving auto insurance problems. CURE is currently available in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Read more: http://www.cure.com/SafeDrivingTips.asp.

January 7, 2012

Environmental Expert Witness & UNCITRAL Arbitration

In United States: Section 1782 Discovery Ordered Against Chevron’s Environmental Expert For Use In UNCITRAL Arbitration Relating To Ecuador, Louis M. Solomon, Chairman of the Commercial and International Litigation Groups and Co-Chairman of the Litigation Department at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, writes:

A decision from a Magistrate Judge in Colorado includes some useful learning on international practice under 28 U.S.C. Section 1782.

Read more: mondaq.com.

January 6, 2012

Expert Witnesses Resign From Stanford Financial Group Case

Expert witnesses for R. Allen Stanford have resigned because they haven’t been paid. Stanford, former head of the Stanford Financial Group, is facing charges for allegedly taking $7 billion from investors. Stanford's attorney asked the U.S. District judge to postpone his trial.

January 5, 2012

Seismology Expert Witnesses

Siesmology expert witnesses may provide reports concerning earthquake building codes, earthquake engineering, and structural issues involving earthquakes. In the news this week, seismology expert John Armbruster of Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory predicts more minor earthquakes in the northeast Ohio area after the 4.0 event New Year's Day. Scientists at the observatory study the planet from its deepest interior to the outer reaches of its atmosphere, on every continent and in every ocean.

Read more: http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/.

January 4, 2012

American Bankers Assoc. Insurance Risk Management Annual Forum

The American Bankers Association Insurance Risk Management Annual Forum will be held January 22-25, 2012, at Loews Miami Beach Hotel, Miami, FL. Programs include:

BLACK SWANS: Your New Normal? Real Life Solutions for Complex Risk Management Challenges

Real LIfe Solutions for Risk Management's New Normal

More information: http://www.aba.com/Events/IRM.htm.

January 3, 2012

Wireless Technology Expert Witness On Texting While Driving

In Preventing Texting-while-Driving Reduces Distracted Driving, wireless technology expert witness Ben Levitan writes:

While it has been recognized that there is no such thing as multi-tasking, many people still believe that they are able to multi-task. According to cognitive psychologists, multi-tasking is more accurately described as a continuous partial attention. Hence, with this awareness, multi-tasking is all the more dangerous when
operating equipment. Levitan has been working on technology that disables cellphones in moving cars.

Read more: benlevitan.com.

January 2, 2012

Human Factors Engineering Expert On Workplace Injuries Part 2

In Workplace Accidents, human factors engineering expert witness Kenneth Nemire writes:

Injuries in the workplace may occur because of one or more factors:
Behavioral factors may include:
• Insufficient operation or safety training
• Failure to wear protective equipment
• Inattention to environmental conditions such as scaffolding
• Ingestion of medication, alcohol or drugs that affect perception or balance
• Operating or working at an unsafe speed

Read more: http://www.jurispro.com/KennethNemire.