Daubert Shorts

  • Century Indemnity Company v. The Marine Group, LLC et alUnited States District Court – District of Oregon – October 13th, 2015 – In this environmental cleanup case, the testimony of insurance expert witnesses Robert Hughes and Dennis Connolly were challenged on grounds of inadmissible legal conclusions and qualifications.  The court granted the motion regarding the legal conclusions, but denied the motion regarding qualifications.
  • Scott Bridge Company, Inc. v. Gresham Smith and PartnersUnited States District Court – Middle District of Alabama – October 14th, 2015 – In this negligence action involving the design and construction of a deep water pier, the testimony of three experts were challenged. These experts include: Dane Floyd (forensic accounting expert witness), Ben D. Nolan, III (mechanical engineering expert witnesses), Dr. Ted Thomson (structural engineering expert witnesses), and Dr. Richard Hartman.
  • Aubrey et al v. Barlin et al – United States District CourtWestern District of Texas – October 14th, 2015 – This case involves an alleged Ponzi scheme related to land developments.  The plaintiffs called Edmond Martin as a forensic accounting expert witness.  The defendants challenged on the grounds of qualification, reliability, and that his testimony would not help the jury.  The court granted the motion in part and denied it in part.
  • Stachon v. Woodward et alUnited States District Court – Northern District of Indiana – October 16th, 2015 – This case involves a motor vehicle accident.  The defendant’s human factors expert witness, Rudolph G. Mortimer, was challenged by the plaintiffs on three factors: that he was not qualified, he used unreliable methodology, and that his testimony was not relevant.  The motion was denied.