March 31, 2012

Trucking Accident Expert Witnesses & Bendix Brakes

Trucking accidents expert witnesses may provide reports regarding the Department of Transportation (DOT), trucking computer systems, crash-worthiness, trucking insurance, trucking safety, and correlated topics. In the news, Bendix is delivering repair kits for a faulty brake valve to truck manufacturers. Bendix is replacing faulty ATR-6 valves on its commercial vehicle brake systems.

March 30, 2012

Auto Insurance Claims Expert Witnesses

Auto insurance claims expert witnesses may opine on automobile insurance rates, auto insurance companies, and related matters. On its website, the California Department of Insurance offers Studies & Reports including the Automobile Complaint Composite report. The report includes 50 large automobile insurers licensed to conduct business in California.

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March 29, 2012

Forensic Pathology Expert Witness Ruled Out By Judge

Courthouse News service reports a forensic pathology expert witness will not testify that repeated police Tasering contributed to the death of a schizophrenic man. U.S. Magistrate Judge William Wall ruled in the wrongful death case against Southampton, Suffolk County (NY), police officers and Taser International.

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March 28, 2012

Family Medicine Expert Witness Supports Defense Of Toronto Physician

Family medicine expert witness Dr. Tomislav Svoboda testified in the disciplinary hearing of Toronto physician Dr. Roland Wong. Wong is under investigation by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

March 26, 2012

Insurance Experts On Self Insured Plans

In the news this week, insurance experts commented on proposed legislation by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones regarding self insured plans for small employers. The Self-Insurance Industry Institute of America defines self insurance:

Self-Insurance (also referred to as self-funding) is an alternative risk transfer strategy used by tens of thousands of employers across the country to finance their group health care and Workers' Compensation liabilities. Self-Insurance has become an increasingly attractive option for many employers due to the rising costs associated with health care and Workers' Compensation commercial insurance.

March 25, 2012

DNA Expert Witness Will Testify In Beating Death

A DNA expert witness will be hired and paid by Saginaw County, MI, in the murder case against Bradford S. Mitchell'. Chief Circuit Judge Robert L. Kaczmarek granted the request of Mitchell's attorney for an expert to examine DNA evidence in the in the January 2012 beating death of Jay Kolhoff.

March 24, 2012

Firearms Expert Witness Tesifies On Ballistics

Firearms expert witness and Michigan state police Sgt. William Tyrell testified in the case against Pervell O. Jones in the 2011 death of Edward Thomas Jr. The expert witness said the gun found inside Jones' apartment fired the bullet that killed Thomas.

March 23, 2012

Stop Loss Contracting Expert Witness Defines "Stop Loss"

Stop loss contracting expert witness Stephen C. George, MBA-HA, President of Provider Risk, explains "stop loss":

Stop loss is an insurance which provides reimbursement for catastrophic medical claims incurred by a self-funded employer's employee or by a capitated HMO member. There are two primary types of medical stop loss - employer stop loss and provider stop loss (provider excess loss).

March 22, 2012

Risk Management Expert Witness On Capitation

Risk management expert witness Stephen C. George, MBA-HA, President of Provider Risk, explains "capitation":

A capitation is a fixed dollar amount per plan member per month paid to providers regardless of medical utilization. The payment structure shifts the financial risk from the insurance company to the physician or hospital accepting payment. Physicians and hospitals buy stop loss to limit any potential catastrophic medical financial loss on any one member per year.

March 21, 2012

Trucking Expert Witnesses & Highway Bill

Trucking expert witnesses may provide reports regarding the Department of Transportation federal motor carrier safety regulations, trucking drug and alcohol regulations, and correlated issues. In the news this week, the US Senate passed a two-year, $109B bill to fund the nation’s highways and public transit system. Provisions include a drug and alcohol testing clearinghouse for truck drivers, truck crash-worthiness standards, and $2B a year for a national freight program. American Trucking Associations President and CEO Bill Graves encouraged the house to also approve the long term highway bill.

March 20, 2012

Transportation Expert Witnesses On Red Light Cameras

Transportation engineering expert witnesses testified this week on a bill to legalize red light enforcement cameras in Connecticut. Dr. John Large, professor at the University of South Florida, is an expert in industrial engineering and testified for the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut regarding the bill that would place cameras to catch traffic violators.

March 19, 2012

Law Enforcement Expert Witnesses Testify In Virginia Tech Lawsuit

Law enforcement expert witnesses testified this week in the wrongful death civil trial against Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech was found guilty of negligence for waiting to warn students about a gunman during a 2007 mass shooting that resulted in 33 deaths. Parents of two students charged that that the campus security was slow to respond.

March 18, 2012

DNA Expert Witnesses & Washington State Death

DNA expert witnesses will oversee tests in the Franklin County, WA, murder case against Tashia Stuart. A Washington State Patrol Crime Lab scientist has been assigned to perform the testing in the trial of Stuart who is accused of shooting her adoptive mother in 2010.

March 17, 2012

Forensic Accounting Expert Witness On Which Expert Do You Need? Part 2

Forensic accounting expert witness Richard Teichner, CPA, CVA, CDFAJ, answers the question Do I need a forensic accountant or valuations expert in my case?

Forensic accountants often have experience in serving as an expert witness. When explaining complex financial analyses to the trier of fact, it is imperative that your expert witness is skilled at clearly and accurately explaining the details in a manner that can be easily understood. Expert witnesses also must be objective and utilize generally acceptable practices in order for their testimony to be credible and admissible.

March 16, 2012

Rheumatology Expert Witness Testifies In Indecent Assualt Case

Rheumatology expert witness Dr. Chester Oddis testified this week in the case against Dr. Thomas Tyma. The expert specializes in internal medicine and rheumatology in Pittsburgh, PA. Tyma is accused of indecent assault by 17 female patients who say he touched them inappropriately during exams for arthritis at Allegheny North Arthritis Center in Wexford and Jameson South in New Castle.

March 15, 2012

Chemicals Expert Witness Testifies In Dialysis Patient Deaths

Chemicals expert witness John Crowe testified in the case against Kimberly Clark Saenz, accused of injecting bleach into the bloodstream of kidney dialysis patients. Crowe, an FDA chemist, analyzed syringes from the DaVita Lufkin Dialysis Center. Daenz is charged with capital murder and five counts of aggravated assault in Angelina County, TX.

March 14, 2012

Accident Investigation Expert Witness On Accident Analysis

On his website, accident investigation expert witness Kenneth Nemire writes:

Accident Analysis and Prevention Services

Many accidents are caused by products or systems that have not been adequately designed for the people who use them. Others are caused by inattention or other behavior of the persons involved. Usually accidents have multiple causes. We use human factors analytical techniques to identify hazards and create action plans for reducing risks of injury and helping to increase workplace safety and productivity.
• Typical causes of accidents:
• Design. Tools or equipment may malfunction or have poor design
• Person. Operator may not have the appropriate knowledge, skills or abilities
• System. Organization may fail to warn of hazards or may fail to correct known problems

March 13, 2012

Aviation Expert Witness Testifies In Unsafe Take Off Hearing

Aviation expert witness Colin Glasgow testified in the case of a Pacific Blue aircraft pilot who is charged with carelessness. In a Queenstown District Court hearing, the former Air New Zealand chief pilot described the June 2010 unsafe take off at Queenstown airport.

March 12, 2012

Forensic Accounting Expert Witness On Which Expert Do You Need? Part 1

Forensic accounting expert witness Richard Teichner, CPA, CVA, CDFAJ, answers the question Do I need a forensic accountant or valuations expert in my case?

Certified public accountants who provide litigation support services are often referred to as “forensic accountants”. They normally are used as experts in accounting related matters that are necessary in support of business or family law litigation matters. What makes forensic accountants different is that they are experienced in using multiple methods of financial and economic analysis to provide appropriate and objective conclusions on complex financial issues, often when the facts or data are incomplete. If you are representing a client in a matter that requires financial evaluation, such as a determination of economic damages, tracing funds that have been diverted, personal injury and other matters involving financial issues, then a forensic accountant can be a valuable asset to your case. If a business valuation is needed as a means to measure damages or for other purposes in litigation, in divorce matters, or regarding the purchase or sale of a business (or business interest), then a business valuator can assist in the process.

March 11, 2012

Finance Expert On US Debt

Finance expert witnesses may opine on financial analysis, interest rate risk, and other aspects of finance. In Our Very Own Greek Tragedy, finance expert Terry Savage writes:

Greece may dominate the headlines, but we have a big debt problem in the US that could hurt our economy just as badly in the long run...

What do we do about the debt? That is the biggest question in the world today, whether we’re talking about mortgage debt here in the United States, the US national debt—now over $15 trillion—or European debt, particularly the Greek debt that obviously cannot be repaid.


March 10, 2012

Patents Expert On Samsung v Apple

Samsung has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple in South Korea. Patents expert Florian Mueller, on the Foss Patents blog, describes the legal action.

March 9, 2012

Nevada Paralegal Association Annual Seminar

The Nevada Paralegal Association (NPA), in conjunction with The Legal Assistant’s Division of the State Bar of Nevada (LAD), will hold their ANNUAL SEMINAR on Saturday, April 21, 2012, at Harrah’s Las Vegas. The event is scheduled from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The speakers and their topics include:

Hilary Muckleroy, Esq. – Employment Law - Title VII, ADA, GINA
Josh Hicks, Esq. – Nevada Lobbying Process
Shaun Haley, Esq. – Employment Law - Unions
David A. Clark, Esq., State Bar of Nevada: Ethics – Crossing the Line of UPL
Rex Velasquez, Esq. – Immigration Law

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March 1, 2012

Entertainment Expert Witnesses & Rogue Websites Part 2

Entertainment expert witnesses may opine on motion picture distribution, media formats, and media piracy. The Motion Picture Association of America website describes how rogue websites traffic in stolen movies, TV shows, and music or even counterfeit prescription medications and other goods.

The potential harm from rogue sites - exposure to malware, identity theft, unsafe and untested medicines and other counterfeit products, and lost jobs and income for creative workers - is profound. Innumerable companies rely on their intellectual property to do business and create valuable products, which supports well-paying jobs, workers' pension and healthcare plans, and healthy local economies and tax revenues. In the U.S., the motion picture industry alone supports more than 2 million jobs, including truck drivers, architects, accountants, make-up artists, animators, costumers, digital effects technicians, set-builders and more.