January 20, 2014

Explosions Expert Witnesses & Grain Handling Facilities

Explosions expert witnesses may consult regarding dust explosions, flammable materials, combustion, and associated matters. On Monday, an explosion at the International Nurtrition animal feed processing plant in Omaha caused part of the facility to collapse and sent more than ten employees to the hospital. OSHA writes:

The grain handling industry is a high hazard industry where workers can be exposed to numerous serious and life threatening hazards. These hazards include: fires and explosions from grain dust accumulation, suffocation from engulfment and entrapment in grain bins, falls from heights and crushing injuries and amputations from grain handling equipment.

Grain dust explosions are often severe, involving loss of life and substantial property damage. Over the last 35 years, there have been over 500 explosions in grain handling facilities across the United States, which have killed more than 180 people and injured more than 675.

October 26, 2013

Carnival Rides Expert Witnesses & NC Fair Accident

Carnival rides expert witnesses may consult on carnival ride maintenance, amusement park safety, and carnival ride accidents. A ride new to the North Carolina State Fair malfunctioned Thursday night and injured five people. The Vortex began running as riders were exiting the carnival ride and some people were thrown to the ground. North Carolina Labor Department ride inspection chief Tom Chambers says his department is reviewing a safety switch that malfunctioned earlier in the week. Mechanical equipment and the operation of the ride will be investigated.

October 17, 2013

Accident Reconstruction Expert Witnesses

Accident reconstruction expert witnesses may advise regarding collision analysis, crash worthiness, traffic accident reconstruction, and injury reconstruction issues. Middlesex County, NJ, authorities are investigating a fatal automobile accident that has been classified as a suicide-homicide. A 15 year old driver crossed over into oncoming traffic and killed two passengers in a second car. An eye witness said the driver was speeding and authorities report a lack of skid marks which indicate he did not try to stop.

October 14, 2013

Child Psychology Expert Witness On Child Trauma

Child psychology expert witness Dr. Bruce D. Perry spoke October 7, 2013, at the annual conference of the Stanislaus County (CA) Family and Domestic Violence Council. Dr. Perry is the Senior Fellow of The Child Trauma Academy in Houston and an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University in Chicago. He spoke on the psychological effects of violence on children and said counselors who work with abused children need to understand that violence changes how the brain develops and functions.

Dr. Perry has served as a consultant and/or expert witness on the Oklahoma City bombing, the Waco siege, the YFZ Ranch custody cases, and the Columbine High School massacre.

October 4, 2013

Finance Expert Witness & Michael Jackson $1.5B Trial

A Los Angeles jury reached a decision that AEG Live was not responsible for Michael Jackson's death. Jackson's family was seeking $1.5B in economic damages during the five month lawsuit. AEG Live's finance expert witness estimated that Michael Jackson would have earned $21M if he had completed a worldwide tour and a Las Vegas show. AEG's lead attorney Marvin S. Putman is a partner in O’Melveny & Myers LLP's Century City office and a member of the Business Trial and Litigation Practice. He described Michael Jackson as making "some bad choices." "It was Mr. Jackson, not AEG Live, that chose Conrad Murray."

September 24, 2013

Adoptions Expert Witness & High Profile Adoption Case

Adoptions expert witnesses may assist with disputes involving adoptive parents, child support obligations, custody, and more. In a high profile adoption case, 4-year-old Veronica was returned to her adoptive parents Matt and Melanie Capobianco after living with her biological father for 18 months. The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that although Dusten Brown invoked the Indian Child Welfare Act to gain custody of Veronica, he had to return her to her adoptive parents.

September 23, 2013

Business Expert Witnesses & Hudson News Lawsuit

Business expert witnesses will testify in Samantha Perelman’s lawsuit against her uncle James Cohen over the Hudson News business legacy. Perelman, daughter of billionaire Revlon chairman Ronald Perelman, claims that Cohen used undue influence to transfer sizable portions of the Hudson News business from his father, Robert Cohen, to himself and changed his will so that Perelman was entitled to little inheritance.

Hudson News began as a newspaper and magazine wholesale business and grew to a retail chain of newsstands in airports and train stations.

September 20, 2013

Forensic Pathology Expert Witness Presents CLE Program

Forensic pathology expert witness Dr. Judy Melinek is presenting a 3 hour course for Continuing Legal Education entitled "Science on Your Side: Forensic Experts in the Courtroom" for California attorneys on October 12, 2013 at the UCSF Mission Bay Campus. Dr. Melinek, a forensic pathologist who works for the Alameda Sheriff-Coroner, will speak on the interpretation of injuries in criminal and civil cases. She will be followed by lectures given by a forensic toxicologist and a forensic psychologist, who will speak on drug level interpretation and sex offender cases, respectively. The lectures will be of particular interest to criminal defense attorneys and wrongful death/personal injury attorneys.
Flyer: www.pathologyexpert.com/CLEFlyer.pdf

Dr. Melinek is a board-certified forensic pathologist who was recently re-appointed as an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF and is working with the Department of Pathology educating Pathology Residents and Fellows about neurotrauma. Her most recent publication is about being an ethical expert witness and was published by Academic Forensic Pathology. She has been qualified as an expert more than 100 times in both Federal and local courts.

August 31, 2013

Sports Medicine Expert Witnesses & NFL $765M Settlement

Sports medicine expert witnesses may provide reports on professional athletes, sports injuries, exercise physiology, traumatology, and related matters. In the news, the NFL will pay $765M to former players who accused the league of hiding the dangers of brain injury in playing pro football and profiting from the violence (U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, MDL No. 2323).

Read more: http://www.paed.uscourts.gov/documents/opinions/13d0728p.pdf

August 15, 2013

Correction Facilities Standards Of Care Expert Witness On Inmate Death

Correctional facilities standards of care expert witness Gene Miller testified in the death of inmate Shannon Finn. Finn is believed to have died of alcohol withdrawal while in the Warren County Regional Jail, KY. Finn's survivors are suing Warrren county, the jail's former medical director and deputy jailers for negligence resulting in his death.

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

August 14, 2013

Expert Witness Profiler Offers Expert Challenge Predictor

Expert Witness Profiler, LLC, the country's leader in expert witness research, announced today the addition of the "Expert Challenge Predictor" feature to its Preliminary Screening Report product. With this new feature, the Preliminary Screening Report will now be able to predict instances of challenges to a particular expert's testimony which the company's legal researchers are likely to find.

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

August 2, 2013

Industrial Hygiene Expert Witness Testifies In Asbestos Exposure Case

Industrial hygiene expert witness Fred W. Boelter testified in the case against Garlock Sealing Technologies in Bankruptcy Court, W.D.N.C.. The trial will determine the liability of Garlock for current and future asbestos claims. Fred W. Boelter, CIH, PE, BCEE, has nearly 40 years of experience in industrial hygiene, environmental engineering and risk management with expertise in examining asbestos exposure stemming from gaskets.

June 25, 2013

Explosions Expert Witnesses & IN Grain Dust Explosion

Explosions expert witnesses may consult on chemical explosives, magnetic explosions, steam boiler explosions, and dust explosions. In the news, an explosion at an Indiana grain bin southeast of Chicago left one worker dead. LaPorte County police say James Swank may have been the victim of a grain dust explosion at the Union Mills Co-op. A dust explosion is the fast combustion of dust particles in an enclosed area.

June 24, 2013

New Publication By Products Liability Expert Witness

Products liability expert witness Susan Maccoy may consult on product development, product liability, professional liability, and employee and consumer injuries related to the cosmetology, beauty salon, and spa industry. Her expertise and professional experience encompasses the full range of cosmetology products, services, techniques, procedures, policies, and salon management.

Ms. Maccoy’s latest book, Down the Shampoo Bowl: The ABC's of Hair Salon Management details successful business strategies as well as pitfalls to avoid in the cosmetology business.

June 3, 2013

Patents Expert Witnesses & Apple v. Samsung

In Samsung accuses Apple's expert witnesses of being 'iSheep' in patent trial, information communications technology writer Zach Epstein, Executive Editor at BGR, reports that Samsung has described Apple's patents expert witnesses as having a “slavish adoration” to the company.

Read more: http://bgr.com/2012/05/22/apple-samsung-patent-trial-isheep-witnesses/

May 10, 2013

Computer Security Expert Witnesses & $45M ATM Theft

Computer security expert witnesses may consult regarding network security, network forensics, computer forensics, computer crime, hacking, and data security. Philly.com reports that hackers stole $45M from thousands of ATM machines in just hours. The thieves hacked into a database of prepaid debit cards and then drained ATMs.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20130510_Hackers_pull_out_a__45M_jackpot.html#g092o7TBHzuOBWhv.99

May 6, 2013

Sports Injuries Expert Witnesses & Referee Death

Sports injuries expert witnesses may consult on exercise physiology, sports injuries, sports medicine, and orthopedic rehabilitation, as well as related topics. www.standard.net/ reports that 46 year old soccer referee Ricardo Portillo has died after being punched in the head by a 17 year old goalie. The player was called for a foul and issued a yellow card warning. Portillo's daughters had begged him to stop refereeing because of the growing risk of violence from angry players.

May 5, 2013

Oil & Gas Expert Witnesses & Hydraulic Fracking

Oil and gas expert witnesses may opine regarding oil and gas pumps, fracking, petrochemical manufacturing, oil field explosions, and related matters. In the news, Mora County, N.M. has voted to ban oil and gas extraction using hydraulic fracking. Commissioners believe federal and state laws are not adequately protecting communities from hazards such as ground water contamination, risks to air quality, and migration of gases and hydraulic fracturing chemicals to the surface.

More news at http://www.usnews.com/.

May 1, 2013

Pharmacology Expert Witnesses & NuvaRing Litigation

Over 1,000 plaintiffs are suing Merck & Co. in the Eastern District of Missouri over the birth control NuvaRing. The pharmaceutical company is charged with not warning women that the prescription medicine could cause blood clots and possible death. NuvaRing is different than other forms of birth control in that it dispenses hormones directly into the bloodstream which a plaintiffs' pharmacology expert witness argues may cause "spikes" of hormones and lead to blood clots.

April 28, 2013

Patents Expert Witnesses & Design Patents

Patents expert witnesses may consult on design patents, international patents, licensing, and related issues. In Will Spanx Case Make Design Patents a Fashion Trend?, Legal Blog Watch writes:

The escalating patent battle between shapewear makers Spanx and Yummie Tummie over body-slimming camisoles has sparked discussion about what it and similar cases may mean for the future of design patents in the fashion industry.

Read more: http://legalblogwatch.typepad.com