July 31, 2013

Handwriting Expert Witness On Forgeries

In They Forged My Name, handwriting expert witness Jan F. Leach, Janus Document Examination, writes:

“They forged my name” is a common cry heard by document examiners and handwriting analysts. The anguish felt by many as the courts, credit card companies, mortgage foreclosure specialist act upon these forgeries AS IF THEY WERE genuine and real signatures. When someone steals your identity or your signature, it is a grievous assault on your personal and financial safety.

What to do to protect your signature

Use the same pen on important documents. Make it a habit to get copies of all important documents you sign and file them in date order in a secure place. You may add an underline to your signature. I always circle the total dollar amount in the transaction before I sign my name. Be habitual and careful with your signature.

Study your own habitual signature. Most genuine signatures are fast and the ends taper. If you suspect your signature was traced, the good news is it can be detected as the forger cannot copy your pressure patterns which can be viewed microscopically.

There is software today that can lift your signature from one document to another. This is photocopied AND photocopies, CAN BE DETECTED. If this was done, there will be NO original. Photocopies are easily manipulated. Ask to see the original. Most important negotiable instruments must be originals, not photocopies. One cannot negotiate a photocopied $100 bill, for example.

If you suspect a signature looks somewhat similar to yours, but you do not believe you signed your name to such a document, it is good to study elements like spacing, slant, letter formation, rhythm and size of your known signature. Most forgers omit details and often revert to their own patterns or details like the shape of an "i" dot or "t" cross.

Knowledge is Power

To secure your own signature, have knowledge of its design. Write your name 5 times quickly. Now study it carefully and describe that signature. Is it on, above or below the baseline. Put a grid over the name and count the length to height ratio. Ratios tend to stay the same even when the space varies.

Ms. Leach is a court qualified expert witness and has appeared before Eastern Seaboard and Southeastern States courts as well as Federal court.

July 30, 2013

Environmental Health Expert Witness Testifies In $1B Case

Environmental health expert witness Dr. Bruce Lanphear testified in the case that could cost paint and pigment manufacturers $1 billion in abatement fees according to legalnewsline.com. Defendants in The People of California v. Atlantic Richfield Company et al. include the Atlantic Richfield Company, the Sherwin-Williams Company, ConAgra Grocery Products, and DuPont. Plaintiffs, including 10 California cities and counties, estimate lead-based paint remains in approximately 5 million homes.

Dr. Bruce P. Lanphear, MD, MPH, is a Professor of Children's Environmental Health at Simon Fraser University and a Senior Scientist at the Child & Family Research Institute, BC Children’s Hospital, both in Vancouver, British Columbia.

July 29, 2013

Bus Safety Expert Witnesses & Indianapolis Church Bus Crash

Bus safety expert witnesses may provide reports concerning D.O.T. compliance, school buses, and bus accidents. In the news, investigators are researching evidence to see if mechanical problems were at fault in the church bus crash Saturday in Indianapolis. Driver Dennis Maurer said the brakes failed before the bus hit a barrier and overturned. Three people were killed and more than 20 people were injured.

July 28, 2013

Railroad Expert Witnesses & Spanish Train Derailment

Railroad expert witnesses may opine on railroad accident investigation, train wrecks, and railroad safety. In the news, the black boxes recovered from the wreckage of the train in northwest Spain, the Alvia 151, could help explain why it left the track going twice the speed limit and crashed into a cement wall. The driver, Francisco Jose Garzon Amo, has been detained following the death of 78 passengers.

July 27, 2013

Water Safety Expert Witness On Aquatic Accidents Part 1

In What's Your H2O (Safety) IQ?, water safety expert witness Dr. David Smith, Commander, USCG (RET) writes:

The following 20 questions were the basis of a key address to the First International Boating and Water Safety Summit, April 18-25, 1997 in San Diego, California. The Summit was sponsored by the National Water Safety Council and The National Safe Boating Council. This article is taken from the proceedings of the Summit. The article has been repeatedly updated to reflect current aquatic accident statistics. Human physiology, by contrast, has not been known to change in the last 10,000 decades.

How well can you answer these twenty boating and water safety questions:

1. [a] How many drowning deaths occur in America annually?
Ans. US total now down to about 4000/yr. per National Safety Council

[b] What is the comparison of men to women drowning victims?
Ans. Four or five to one, males versus females.

[c] Why? Ans. Two reasons: 1. Women have a greater layer of subcutaneous fat making them more buoyant than men. 2. Women do not have to demonstrate machismo. Actually, ladies when relaxed in the water, almost always float horizontally due to their distributed subcutaneous fat. Relaxed men float vertically. [Sexists might say it has to do with a concentration of fat in male skulls.)

2. What three primary factors are shared by most drowning deaths?
Ans. Inability to swim, relatively or absolutely cold water, alcohol/drug impairment.

3. What percentage of drownings involve boats?
Ans. Historically, about one fifth of all water related deaths are due to boating. Recently this has apparently been reduced to one seventh. Remember [especially in July] this catchy saying: Is killing a fifth on the third the best way to start the
Fourth?

4. Most boating related deaths are due to _______?
Ans. Drowning.

5. [a] How long does it take a child to drown? How long for an adult?
Ans. 20 seconds average for a child, 60 seconds for an adult.
[b] What percentage of drownings are children age four or less?
Ans. 10%. The primary form of accidental death for children under one is drowning.

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

July 26, 2013

Child Pornography Expert Witnesses & CA Penal Code

Child pornography expert witnesses may provide reports concerning child sexual assault, cyberpornography, and sexual exploitation, as well as related matters. Attorneys at Shouse Law Group write:
"California's laws prohibiting child pornography or the "sexual exploitation of a child" (often viewed as a form of child abuse) are typically felonies under Penal Code 311." Charges may be filed on the state or federal level and conviction brings "heavy fines, incarceration, and, perhaps the most devastating penalty of all, Penal Code 290 registration as a sex offender."

http://www.shouselaw.com/child-pornography-crimes.html#1

July 25, 2013

Internet Security Expert Witness On Email Evidence Part 2

In US Forensic Expert: UK Defendant Convicted with NSA Email Sweep (Part 2), internet security expert witness writes:

Nonetheless, 83 pages of email drafts covering about 29 weeks were produced as evidence. SOCA (Serious Organized Crime Agency) Senior Investigating Officer, Paul Ashton, told the jury in the drug conspiracy trial that a letter of request (LOR) for assistance was sent to the FBI, which in turn provided the Yahoo! data that the jury was reviewing. Although the email evidence was discussed in open court, multiple reports by BBC News never mention email.

Speaking from the California laboratory of Burgess Forensics, the analyst said, "With Snowden's releases in the Washington Post and Guardian and the NSA's subsequent acknowledgement of the formerly secret PRISM program, we now know a means for that Yahoo! data to have surfaced, and at this point PRISM is the only possible known route for it to have come to light."

UK Foreign Secretary, William Hague addressed the UK House of Commons on June 10, 2013 and stated that "It has been suggested GCHQ [The UK’s Government Communications Headquarters] uses our partnership with the United States to get around UK law, obtaining information that they cannot legally obtain in the UK. I wish to be absolutely clear that this accusation is baseless."

However, counsel for the defendant states that “the email data produced at trial was not produced as stated by the prosecution, based on expert reports. As the experts state the email data has been produced by interception of the email account, and PRISM is the only explanation - such obtained evidence would be inadmissible in a UK courtroom.”

Responses to the legal team’s requests of Yahoo!, law enforcement agencies in the both the UK and the US have continued to hold a pall of secrecy over official explanations as to how the email evidence was obtained. Nevertheless, the defendants in the case have been given more than 80 years’ imprisonment on the basis of such evidence.

Counsel has sent a letter directly to the Yahoo! Board of Directors in Sunnyvale in an attempt to receive an explanation as to how Yahoo! obtained the email data, which they themselves said could not be obtained.

Appeals are ongoing.

More: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/7/prweb10926441.htm

July 24, 2013

Neuropsychology Expert Witness Testifies In School Board Case

Neuropsychology expert witness Dr. Sue Ellen Antell, PH.D., ABPN, ABPP, FACPN, testified in the cases against School Board of Highlands County, FL, employees. The five lawsuits claim a "gross failure to act" by school board employees in connection with the sexual abuse of five female students in the after school care program. Dr. Antell, a board certified clinical and forensic neuropsychologist with specialty training in developmental neuropsychology, testified there is no "credible evidence" that one of the alleged victims was sexually abused.


July 23, 2013

Cruise Ships Expert Witness To Testify Re: Cruise Industry Safety

Cruise ships expert witness Dr. Ross A. Klein, MSW, PhD, will testify before the U.S. Senate committee hearing Cruise Industry Oversight: Recent Incidents Show Need for Stronger Focus on Consumer Protection. The Memorial University of Newfoundland professor serves as an expert witness in lawsuits against the cruise industry which may involve sexual assaults, labor rights, and passenger deaths.

More info: http://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Home

July 22, 2013

Aviation Maintenance Expert Witnesses & Recommended Inspections Of 787s

Aviation maintenance expert witnesses may write reports and opine on aerospace engineering, flight safety, ground and aircraft operations, and more. After British investigators traced a fire to a transmitter in a Boeing 787 aircraft, the FAA is asking airlines to inspect emergency transmitters in all Boeing 787s.

FAA Statement

After reviewing the initial findings of the AAIB's report and recommendations, the Federal Aviation Administration is working with Boeing to develop instructions to operators for inspection of the Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs) on Boeing 787 aircraft.

These inspections would ask operators to inspect for proper wire routing and any signs of wire damage or pinching, as well as inspect the battery compartment for unusual signs of heating or moisture.

http://www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/news_story.cfm?newsId=14914

July 21, 2013

Patents Expert Witnesses & Patent Reform

Patents expert witnesses may consult on issues involving patent protection, patent prosecution, and patent infringement. In Everything you need to know about how Congress is debating patent reform, pandodaily.com writes:

Introduced by Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Peter DeFazio (D-OR) in February, the “Saving High-Tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes” bill would create a “loser pays” system for lawsuits in which patent assertion entities that aren’t actively using their patents would be forced to pay a defendant’s legal bills if they lose their lawsuits. Losing defendants, however, wouldn’t have to pay. The bill also seeks to define what a “patent troll” is. According to the SHIELD Act, the patent holder would fit that description unless it is an inventor or original asignee, is actively using the patent, or is a university of “technology transfer organization.”

The Application Developers Alliance is an industry association dedicated to meeting the unique needs of developers as creators, innovators, and entrepreneurs.

July 20, 2013

Pornography Expert Witnesses & Online Child Pornography Charges

Pornography expert witnesses may provide reports concerning child pornography, cyberpornography, internet pornography, and related matters. In Defending Against Online Child Pornography Chargesattorney Robin Shellow, President of The Shellow Group, writes:

The proliferation of adult websites has made anyone who has ever visited one susceptible to a charge of possession of child pornography. The content of adult web sites changes on an hourly basis. The website that had no pictures of children last month could have tens of thousands this month.

Read more: http://www.theshellowgroup.com/PracticeAreas/Possession-of-Internet-Child-Pornography.html

July 19, 2013

Internet Security Expert Witness On Drug Bust Evidence Part 1

In US Forensic Expert: UK Defendant Convicted with NSA Email Sweep, internet security expert witness writes:

The American spy agency, NSA, secretly surveilled a Yahoo! mail account belonging to co-defendants of UK prisoner, Russell Knaggs, in connection with an alleged complex drug conspiracy. The users of the account were employing a draft email in the Yahoo! account as a messaging board - deleting, editing, and rewriting drafts, but never actually sending an email. Said interceptions occurred continuously over several months, even while draft emails were in the process of being edited
.
California forensic expert, Steve Burgess, analyzed evidence presented by the UK authorities and showed that captures of email drafts in the account were intercepted ongoingly, and that at times multiple copies of a draft only minutes apart were intercepted, even as the author was typing.

Yahoo! officers in the UK and US said that such capabilities did not exist - that any deleted draft email data older than 48 hours that was unavailable to the user of the account was also unavailable to Yahoo! - that it was rendered impossible to recover.

More: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/7/prweb10926441.htm

July 18, 2013

Forensic Handwriting Expert Witness On FRCP 26

In Composing the Expert’s Report: Factors for Compliance with Federal Rule 26(a)(2)(B), forensic handwriting expert witness Jacqueline A. Joseph, B.A., CDE, D-BFDE, writes:

Introduction
Rule 26 provides guidelines to the discovery process and flow of information between the expert and the client-attorney. In civil lawsuits, the United States district courts’ procedures are governed by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP). Any court may have its own additional requirements regarding report writing and these requirements would be available from the court clerk or your client.

While the rules vary from state to state, at least 35 states have adopted procedural codes based on the Federal Rules, sometimes with slight and time-critical variations. The FRCP applies only to matters being tried in Federal Court.

The FRCP are only mandated for expert witnesses retained to testify. However, you may be required to provide a written report in some cases. The reasons for requiring expert reports include the elimination of unfair surprise to the opposing party, the avoidance of unnecessary deposition, and the reduction of the costs of litigation. Most fundamentally, in some situations you may be barred from testifying if your requested report does not meet the requirements of Rule 26.

Ms. Joseph has practiced as a forensic scientist since 1992,is a re-certified member of NADE, was awarded accredited certification by the Board of Forensic Document Examiners. Read more: http://www.jurispro.com/JacquelineJosephCDE

July 17, 2013

Technology Expert Witnesses & Surveillance

Technology expert witnesses may provide reports and testify concerning computers, virtual technology, and communication technology. In Google, others call on NSA for more transparency AllThingsD.com writes:

Sixty-three tech companies, including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter, have come together to call on the US government to bring more transparency to surveillance. An official letter detailing the coalition’s requests will be released tomorrow.

AllThingsD.com is a website devoted to news, analysis and opinion on technology, the Internet and media.

July 17, 2013

Computer Security Expert Witnesses & Hacking

Computer security expert witnesses may consult regarding network security, computer crime, data security, and computer forensics. In the news, guardianlv.com describes how computer hackers search out and sell flaws in software coding to government agencies and private companies around the world. nytimes.com this week reported on Italian hackers who sell technical vulnerabilities to countries seeking to break into the computer systems of foreign adversaries.

July 16, 2013

Motorcycles Expert Witnesses & Maine Event Crash

Motorcycles expert witnesses may may give opinions regarding issues involving motorcycle dirt bikes, street bikes, and motorcycle accident reconstruction. Newyorkdailynews.com reports that motorcycle racer Bill Warner died Sunday while attempting to top 300 mph on a mile course at the "Maine Event." Warner lost control on the former Loring Strategic Air Command base runway. He holds the record as the first conventional motorcyclist to top 300 mph in 2011.


July 15, 2013

Insects Expert Witnesses & Lyme Disease

Insects and pests expert witnesses may write reports and testify on pest control, ticks, and termites, as well as other types of parasites and pests. In the news, boston.com writes that Lyme disease is now the second most commonly reported infectious disease in New England. Lyme is a tick born disease with symptoms including fever, headache, fatigue, depression, and a distinctive circular skin rash.

July 14, 2013

Mistakes Attorneys Make With Medical Negligence Cases Part 4

In Seven Costly Mistakes Attorneys Make With Medical Negligence Cases, Dr. Burton Bentley of Elite Medical Experts LLC writes:

Although the rate of negligence claims against medical providers has begun to level off, the cost of litigating these actions has risen dramatically. Vast amounts of time and money are lost when attorneys — whether retained by plaintiff or defense — pursue a non-meritorious case or litigate a worthy case inefficiently. Beware of the following costly errors:

MISTAKE #6: INCOMPLETELY ANALYZING EVERY REFERENCE ARTICLE CITED BY THE OPPOSING EXPERT.
Both expert witnesses and litigators frequently misquote the very literature that they cite. Subtleties in phrasing and statistical analysis may lead to widely disparate interpretations of the same article. Valuable strategic opportunities are missed when these errors go unchallenged. Crucial advantages are gained when an experienced expert carefully reviews all citations with respect to the case.

MISTAKE #7: FAILING TO RECOGNIZE RECORDS PRODUCED BY AUTOMATED TRANSCRIPTION SYSTEMS.
The use of automated medical transcription systems is clearly on the rise. These systems utilize a transcription program to convert a physician’s spoken report into a typed medical record. Despite their convenience, the reports generated by these systems may not accurately reflect the clinical encounter. This occurs when the physician employs a “template” — a set of standardized default statements that are entered into the medical record. Although the record appears complete, close scrutiny may reveal statements that are inaccurate or inapplicable. For example, when a physician dictates, “Normal exam,” the computer may insert an entire series of statements such as, “The chest finds the lungs to be clear and the cardiac tones are regular without murmur. The abdomen is soft, active, and benign.” In other words, simply by saying, “Normal exam,” a seemingly complete report can be created. The problem arises when these default statements are factually inaccurate, inapplicable, or implausible. Once this occurs, plaintiffs may be confounded by a chart that appears to be bulletproof while defendants may worry that their gratuitous documentation will damage their credibility. An experienced and objective expert will be familiar with these systems and will work with counsel to highlight both strengths and weaknesses.

Elite Medical Experts, LLC., specializes in securing leading experts from the nation’s top universities.

July 12, 2013

Construction Site Expert Witness On Watermarking An Expert Witness CV Part 3

In Watermarking an Expert Witness CV, construction site expert witness William Gulya, Jr., President & CEO, Middlesex Trenching Company, writes:

A recent article on a prominent expert witness directory site recommended and encouraged their experts and consultants to watermark their curriculum vitae. Their reasoning, according to the article, was because, “As disconcerting as it may be, unscrupulous activity does exist in the legal industry....”

The next thing I knew I received a copy of an email addressed to Mr. X from his adversary copying me requesting a copy of my expert report, as the deadline for submission of expert reports had expired. I immediately informed Mr. X that because he had not returned my retainer agreement and payment, nor sent me any discovery, I was not to be considered his expert on the case. I enclosed a copy of my original letter stating I had closed the file, and copied his adversary on my email to Mr. X.

Shortly after, I received a copy of a motion to the court made by the opposing attorney stating that I should be removed from the witness list and removed as Mr. X’s expert for the reasons stated in the motion. About a week later I actually received a call from the judge assigned to the case. The judge asked me what was going on. I explained the circumstances and sent the judge copies of my retainer agreement, letter / emails to Mr. X.

That same day I received a call from Mr. X, which was odd because he had never returned any of my calls in the past. He was extremely angry. He threatened me with legal action if I did not agree to be his expert, I refused. I was not concerned about his threat; my retainer agreement was clear, and I had made several requests for the status of my retainer agreement and payment with no response. I had provided clear notice I was not to be considered retained and was closing the file.

So the question remains: Would a CV with a watermark have prevented this? Not likely. An attorney who is using an expert’s good reputation by stating to their adversary they had retained that expert never intending to actually retain them is not going to let a little watermark stop them.


William Gulya, Jr., Middlesex Trenching Company, specializes in excavation & construction site preparation and is author of the book, “The Straight Truth: The Life of an Expert Witness.”

July 11, 2013

Neuropsychology Expert Witness Testifies Re: Premeditation

Neuropsychology expert witness Michael Daniel testified in Clark County Superior Court (WA) that although murder defendant Dennis Wolter may have sustained brain damage from fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in addition to a traumatic brain injury at age 18, the brain damage did not impair Wolter's ability to premeditate the 2011 murder of his ex-girlfriend, Kori Fredericksen. Jurors found Wolter guilty of the first-degree aggravated murder of Ms. Fredericksen.

Dr. Daniel is a clinical neuropsychologist and Professor and Director of the Neuropsychology Track at Oregon's Pacific University. He is an in instructor in neuropsychological assessment, fundamentals of behavioral neuroscience, behavioral neurology, and neuropsychiatry

July 10, 2013

Railroad Expert Witnesses & Oil Tanker Explosion

Railroad expert witnesses may give opinions regarding railroad accident reconstruction, railroad accident investigation, train wrecks, and railroad safety. News.nationalgeographic.com reported that the oil train tragedy in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, involved crude oil tankers that decoupled, slid downhill and exploded. The train was parked and unmanned when 72 tankers caused the fire and explosion near the Maine border. The oil was being conveyed from North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields to a New Brunswick refinery.

July 9, 2013

Aviation Safety Expert Witness On Asiana Flight 214

National Transportation Safety Board investigators report that the pilots flying the Asiana flight 214 Boeing 777 did not have access to a system designed to assist in safely landing the jet airliner. The glide-slope provides guidance to keep the plane at the correct elevation and angle before landing but was out of service due to runway construction. NTSB Senior Aviation Accident Investigator Bill English is serving as investigator-in-charge. NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman is accompanying the team and will serve as the principal spokesman. Ms. Hersman said the flight data recorder indicates the aircraft’s speed at impact was 106 knots which is well below the aircraft's target landing speed of 137 knots.

Former TWA pilot Barry Schiff stated that pilots "should always make an approach with power, and they didn't do that." The aviation safety expert witness has more than 27,000 hours logged in more than 300 types of aircraft and is the author of over 1,500 articles published in 90 aviation magazines. He is a contributing editor at AOPA Pilot.

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

July 8, 2013

Petroleum Engineering Expert Witnesses & BP Settlements

Petroleum engineering expert witnesses may consult on petrochemical engineering, horizontal drilling, and deepwater operations. U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit judges Edith Brown Clement, James Dennis, and Leslie Southwick will be hearing arguments in the BP case over payments in the 2010 Deep Horizon oil spill. BP says settlement arrangements have been misconstrued resulting in businesses getting excessive payments.

In June the Coast Guard decided to stop sending out BP funded crews that have looked for oil deposits on northern Gulf Coast beaches on a regular basis.

More: http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/default.aspx

July 7, 2013

Mistakes Attorneys Make With Medical Negligence Cases Part 4

In Seven Costly Mistakes Attorneys Make With Medical Negligence Cases, Dr. Burton Bentley of Elite Medical Experts LLC writes:

Although the rate of negligence claims against medical providers has begun to level off, the cost of litigating these actions has risen dramatically. Vast amounts of time and money are lost when attorneys — whether retained by plaintiff or defense — pursue a non-meritorious case or litigate a worthy case inefficiently. Beware of the following costly errors:

MISTAKE #5: MISSING THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE DIFFICULT CASES INDEPENDENTLY REVIEWED BY A NON-TESTIFYING EXPERT.
Attorneys are often excited to receive a favorable expert review on a challenging case. Although this exhilaration may be justified, a “challenging” case warrants a second opinion, particularly when the issues are complex and the expenses are high. In such instances, many attorneys elect to secure an additional opinion from a non-testifying expert. A second opinion ensures that the first expert’s analysis is on target and may give supplemental insight into the case. Non-testifying experts often remain with the case to serve as strategic consultants whose work may be protected from discovery by work-product rules. This approach is more costly at the outset but nearly always results in long-term savings in terms of both time and money.

Elite Medical Experts, LLC., specializes in securing leading experts from the nation’s top universities.

July 6, 2013

DNA Expert Witness Testifies On Blood Evidence

DNA expert witness Andrea Young testified on blood evidence in the Oakland, MI, County Circuit Court felony murder case against Mitchell Young. Victim Robert Cipriano was beaten to death and his wife and son were seriously injured in the home invasion.

Ms. Young is a forensic scientist at the Michigan State Police Crime Lab and testified regarding DNA evidence found on weapons and clothes. On their website, the Michigan State Police describes DNA testing as “conducted on samples submitted by the serology sub-discipline to assist in the identification of individuals that may have left biological fluids at a crime scene.”

July 5, 2013

Video Expert Witness Testifies In TX Attempted Murder Case

Video expert witness Barry G. Dickey testified in Michael Patrick Kennedy’s attempted capital murder case (Texas Court of Appeals, Third District, at Austin). Dickey analyzed footage from the video camera mounted on Officer Richard Kunz’s patrol car and testified that Kunz shot at Kennedy first. “There is no evidence that any other shots were fired prior to Officer Kunz firing his weapon.”

Barry G. Dickey is the certified forensic expert for Audio Evidence Lab, a laboratory specializing in the examination, production, and engineering of audio/video recordings.

Read more: http://law.justia.com/cases/texas/third-court-of-appeals/2011/03-07-00134-cr-7.html

July 4, 2013

Patent Expert Witnesses & BU v. Apple

Patents expert witnesses may consult on issues involving patent protection, patent prosecution, and patent infringement. Macobserver.com reports that Boston University has filed a patent suit against Apple over a semiconductor BU received a patent on in 1997. BU is seeking a sales injunction on Apple.

See complaint here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/151515660/BU-v-Apple.

July 3, 2013

Pornography Expert Witnesses

Pornography expert witnesses may provide reports concerning child pornography, cyberpornography, sexual exploitation, and domestic assault. Former Ripley, WV, police officer George Michael Puskas II pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography in Charleston this week. Puskas taped child pornography using a digital camera issued by the police department.

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

July 2, 2013

Human Resources Expert Witness Testifies In AEG Trial

Human resources expert witness Jean L. Seawright, CMC, testified in the wrongful death civil lawsuit against concert promoter AEG. Ms. Seawright told jurors that AEG did not follow adequate procedures when hiring Dr. Conrad Murry as Michael Jackson’s doctor. A financial background check would have revealed Dr. Murray was deeply in debt which led to a conflict of interest. AEG was paying Dr. Murray $150K a month to keep Jackson fit for his tour.

As a management consultant since 1987, Ms. Seawright has provided professional HR consultation services and advice to business owners, CEOs, boards, and HR leaders across the nation.

July 2, 2013

Bankruptcy Expert Witnesses & Jefferson County $4.2B Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy expert witnesses may provide expert witness testimony concerning liquidation of assets, bankruptcy trustees, and corporate bankruptcies, as well as related issues. This week Jefferson County, AL, filed a plan to end the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, $4.2 billion.

Jefferson County filed for bankruptcy in 2011 with debts of $3.14B related to sewer work. While the debt outstrips the Orange County, CA, 1994 bankruptcy, it is the first time municipal bond investors are forced to take losses on their principal.

July 1, 2013

Construction Site Expert Witness On Watermarking An Expert Witness CV Part 2

In Watermarking an Expert Witness CV, construction site expert witness William Gulya, Jr., President & CEO, Middlesex Trenching Company, writes:

At first glance it seems like a good idea, and having your CV on your website or on directory websites is a good way to promote your services and qualifications. As for the second part of their contention, “feeling secure and offering a current version of your CV without a watermark…,” that is debatable, in my opinion.

First and foremost, it is my experience that the vast majority of attorneys is not unscrupulous and works in an honorable and professional manner. I guess there are always a few bad apples in any barrel. Any attorney who would take your CV and present it to their adversary and/or the court without actually retaining the experts services with a signed retainer agreement or other written verification subjects himself to possible sanctions and ethical violations, not to mention potential legal action against them from the expert.

I once had an attorney (we’ll call him Mr. X) who said he was retaining my services. I sent Mr. X my retainer agreement, which clearly states I am not to be considered officially retained until such time as I receive the signed retainer agreement and the retainer payment. Even after numerous requests I never got anything back. After a couple of months I informed the attorney via email and certified mail that I was closing the file.

William Gulya, Jr., Middlesex Trenching Company, specializes in excavation & construction site preparation and is author of the book, “The Straight Truth: The Life of an Expert Witness.”