Articles Posted in Expert Witness Testimony

Summary: A Business Valuation Expert Witness was not allowed to testify regarding infringement of a company’s technology patent because he used improper methodology.

Facts: This case Via Vadis, LLC et al v. Amazon.Com, Inc.,Case No. 1:2014cv00813 (United States District Court Western District of Texas) involves a disagreement over ownership of a data messaging system. Plaintiff Via Vadis, LLC and AC Technologies claims Amazon.com, Inc stole and used Via Vadis’ technology under their Patent “521.” Plaintiff alleges that the technology under Patent 521 allows users to transfer data between various electronic devices including computers. Via Ladis retained Business Valuation Expert Witness Paul Benoit to testify on how much profit had been made by Amazon with the stolen technology under the patent. He claims that the reasonable royalty for damages is over 30 million dollars. The Defendant argued that this figure was improperly based on the larger service of cloud storage, as opposed to only the patented technology. Amazon then filed a motion to exclude the Business Valuation Expert Witness’s testimony. 

Discussion: Amazon found many errors within Benoit’s analysis in his damages report. First, the Defendant claims that evidence is lacking in regards to Benoit’s claim of revenue being at risk without the patented technology. Next, Benoit’s further assertions regarding lost revenue are not based on technology associated with Patent 521, but rather are based on the larger BitTorrent interface. Third, the report used a method of splitting profits that had already been rejected by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals because it is not reliable. Lastly, the Business Valuation Expert Witness did not focus on split profits relating to the unpatented aspects of the BitTorrent technology. The Plaintiffs disagreed. 

Summary: An Auto Insurance Expert Witness and a Bad Faith Expert Witness were allowed to testify in part regarding a vehicle collision that led to bad faith management of insurance claims.

Facts: This case McGee v. Zurich American Insurance Company, Case No. 2:2017cv04024 (United States District Court For The District of Arizona) involves bad faith insurance claims. The Plaintiff, James McGee, claims he was injured in a car crash with the Defendant, Elizabeth Foutz. At the time of the crash, Foutz was driving a car which was provided by her employer AAA Landscaping and had insurance covered by Zurich American Insurance Company. Following the crash, details of the collision including the Defendant’s auto insurance were provided to AAA to which Zurich responded by claiming her insurance did not cover the vehicle she was driving. The question of tort damages was also brought up by the Plaintiff concerning AAA landscaping and the insurance company’s acknowledgment of the facts of the case. Beyond these claims, the Defendant brought forth their own analysis of the insurance company’s practices with the help of Charles Hewitt, a qualified Auto Insurance Expert Witness. The Plaintiff also requested Bad Faith Expert Witness Frederick Berry Jr. to testify about standards within the insurance industry. The Plaintiff sought to exclude Hewitt’s testimony and the Defendant tried to exclude Berry from speaking during the lawsuit. 

Discussion: Hewitt offered four opinions on the case that he published in a report. In this report, Hewitt argued that Zurich acted within normal industry standards when discrediting Foutz’s insurance claims because of a DUI she received in the past. Hewitt reaffirmed that proper procedure was used when disclosing this information to the company. His ultimate argument was that Foutz breached some aspects of Arizona law and company policy in terms of loaned cars and therefore the insurance company acted accordingly. The Plaintiff acknowledged that Hewitt’s testimony is of a qualified expert opinion, but lacks additional evidence or information relating to the trier of fact that would further the Defendant’s case. 

Summary:  Industrial Medicine Expert Witness testimony not allowed even though the plaintiff’s claim that her conclusions are supported by the facts.

Facts:  This case (Hill v. The GEO Group – United States District Court – Western District of Louisiana – December 21st, 2021) involves a negligence claim against the defendants regarding workplace conditions, specifically exposure to mold. The plaintiffs claims that the facility in which they worked had a long history of flooding and that condensation from the air conditioner would drip on their heads.  The plaintiffs assert that exposure to mold caused numerous medical conditions such as headaches, sore throats, and fatigue. To prove their case, the plaintiffs have hired Industrial Medicine Expert Witness Dr. Stephanie Cave to provide expert witness testimony.  The defendants has filed a motion to exclude Dr. Cave’s testimony.

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Summary:  Orthopedic Surgeon Expert Witness testimony is allowed despite the plaintiff’s argument that he is not qualified to offer opinions on medical rates.

Facts:  This case (Galvez v. KLLM Transp. Servs., LLC – United States District Court – Northern District of Texas – December 16th, 2021) involves a claim to recover damages resulting from a collision between two vehicles.   The plaintiff hired Orthopedic Surgeon Expert Witness Andrew Indresano, M.D. to provide expert testimony on her behalf.  The defendant filed a motion to exclude this expert witness from testifying.

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