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Trends in ERISA Fiduciary Litigation

ERISA class action lawsuits alleging high plan administration fees dominated industry news in late 2015 and continuing through 2016. Many recently filed cases question excessive fees, the use of stable value funds, non-traditional funds, and target date funds, among other issues.
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Multiemployer Pension Fund Remains at Risk, Says PBGC

The multiemployer pension plan program administered by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (“PBGC”) may run out of funds to pay benefits by 2025, according to the agency’s Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Report.

How Does an Architectural Expert Witness Find a Building Defective?

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When there is a possible case where a building has been erected with defective areas or designs, it may be necessary to hire an architectural expert witness to assist with the proceedings.

Qualifying an Expert Witness During Voir Dire

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When an expert witness is necessary for a case, he or she is usually qualified by experience in a specific field of study or research, knowledge of the subject matter and how well he or she is able to explain the details to the average person. This individual has the capacity to draw conclusions about an incident or issue from skill, experience, observation and the evidence provided.

Expert Witness Explains How E-Cigarettes Can Cause Burn Injuries

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E-Cigarettes have become the next way in which a person may choose to stop smoking or to prevent offensive normal cigarette smoke from offending others. While there are many potential benefits to these alternatives, it is important to realize the disadvantages of switching to an E-cigarette as well.

What Is the Role of a Medical Expert Winess in a Malpractice Case?

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In a medical malpractice case, a medical expert may provide critical information before or during the trial. It is important for the person hiring the expert to have a clear understanding of the role of the medical expert and on laws that pertain to medical malpractice cases.

Expert Witness Provides Testimony in Recognizing Signs of Daycare Abuse

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Some parents who believe that their caregiver has mistreated their child may sue the daycare center or caregiver for this poor treatment. An expert witness may be called to testify about the signs of daycare abuse and whether these signs existed in a particular case.

Expert Witness: The Role of Auto Insurance Companies during Accident Claims

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Due to the widespread damage and injuries that occur with car accidents on the roads and highways, it is imperative that auto insurance has been purchased for anyone that may be driving any vehicle. These carriers provide both protection through liability clauses as well as piece of mind that medical bills and property damage may be covered through particular policies that are purchased.

Alcohol Incidents Expert Witness

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Alcohol affects individuals in different ways. However, this substance is one of the leading causes of accidents and personal injury cases outstripping various other incidents. Because of this, there are numerous experts in the field of alcohol as applied to cases and claims for compensation due to property damage and personal injury concerns that transpire in various manners and areas of the United States.

Accident Analysis Expert Witness

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The goal of an expert witness is to provide detailed explanations, experience, analysis from an outside perspective and an overall capability in assisting the party that hired him or her. These persons are experts in a given field with extensive knowledge and expertise.

Expert Witness on the Hidden Dangers of the Meatpacking Industry

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Meatpacking jobs often come with various dangers that are both hidden and obvious to administration, management and staff. These may be observed through machinery, tools, equipment and materials used in the company.

How Can an Accident Reconstruction Expert Witness Help in a Personal Injury Case?

Provided by HG.org
When a person collides with another, his or her testimony often is in direct opposition which causes complications in dealing with the victim and the defending party during litigation.

Expert Witness for Architectural Defect Cases

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Defects are often found in products that are manufactured for consumers once the items have been distributed to retailers in usual circumstances. However, defects may be found in all manner of crafted items and objects around the world. Of these, some of the most dangerous may comprise problems in architecture and construction.

Expert Witness Common Dangers Faced by Construction Workers

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Workplace injuries occur with infrequency depending upon the industry someone is in when harmed. Construction employees may face a greater amount of dangers due to the proximity to heavy and complicated machinery and equipment.

The Critical Role of a Medical Expert Witness in a Medical Malpractice Case

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Medical malpractice cases arise in the thousands each year that affect individuals and groups in grievous ways. Injury is the most frequent outcome, but some victims lose their lives when a physician is not exhibiting appropriate behavior or standards when operating or caring for someone else.

Pension Risk Transfers and Annuity Payout Trends

Lump sum payouts by U.S. corporate pension plans are gaining in popularity, resulting in a slight drop in the amount of total assets held by the world’s largest pension funds.

False Representation vs. Breach of Contract in Film Financing – Who Wins?

Provided by: Kathryn Arnold
Investment in film has potential for high reward but is always combined with high risk. Little or no collateral, lack of liquidity, changing consumer demand, market competition and over zealous promises made by the filmmakers all contribute to the risk factor. Investors must rely on strong market analysis, distribution pre-sales and the integrity of the filmmakers. If any one of these elements is fraudulent, that can mean disaster for the investor and potential violation of contract elements.

Economic Damages - A Case Study: The Actor

Provided by: Kathryn Arnold
The large majority of lawsuits that involve individuals in the entertainment industry revolve around lost wages or fees. These claims often allege millions of dollars in lost earnings depending on the role the person plays within the industry. Given the exorbitant amount that some actors, writers, directors and producers earn, it’s easy to understand how often these claims get made. However, the operative word in this scenario is some.

The Trouble with Roth IRAs

Roth IRAs were established by the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 and named for its chief legislative sponsor, Sen. William Roth of Delaware. That law allows individuals to make contributions to a special “Roth” individual retirement account (“IRA”).

Who Are Hardwood Flooring, Carpet, Hard Surface and Slip, Trip, and Fall Expert Witnesses?

Hardwood Flooring, Carpet and Hard Surface Consultants and Slip, Trip & Fall Experts often play critically important roles in litigation and testifying at a deposition or trial. The more important or complex the matter, the more likely it is that one or more experts will be involved for each side.

Public Pension Plans Struggle to Meet Funding Obligations

Low interest rates are one of several factors contributing to higher levels of unfunded pension liabilities at state and county pension plans across the country. The inability of state and municipal pension plans to properly fund current liabilities at the same time that rates of return are falling is causing significant underfunding.

Japanese Translation Document Is Not Hearsay, Says the Court

Japanese legal document translations and the issues surrounding certified document translations used as evidence often come up in federal cases involving Japanese litigants.

ERISA Plan Sponsors Are Advised of Increased Penalties

Employers who sponsor pension and benefit plans governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act will soon be subject to an increase in penalty fees for certain reporting violations.

Removal of a Normal Kidney Can Be Deemed "Standard-of-Care"

Medical malpractice is defined by Merriam-Webster as careless, wrong, or illegal actions by a doctor who is performing a professional duty. Most medical-legal cases are settled for a variety of reasons, however, those cases that make it to a court of law rely on experts to teach, train, and educate the jury. The importance of choosing the right medical-legal expert can turn a sure victory for the plaintiff into a common sense verdict for the provider.

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation Proposes Merger Rule for Multiemployer Pension Plans

The MPRA of 2014 may be changed under a proposal by the PBGC to allow for plan mergers and transfers between multiemployer plans. The proposed changes fall under title IV of the ERISA of 1974.

Retiree Health Care Benefits Continue to Decline

According to recent industry reports, employer-based retirement health care insurance benefits continue to decline. It is becoming less common for retirees on Medicare to be able to rely on private employer-based retirement health care benefits for supplemental health coverage.

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. Changes ERISA 4010 Reporting Requirements

Under a new final rule issued by the PBGC, a greater number of benefit plan sponsors may have to perform Section 4010 reporting, which requires certain underfunded plans to report identifying, financial and actuarial information, because they no longer qualify for reporting waivers.

Stick to the Basics: First, Do No Harm

I was recently involved in a medical malpractice case that went against the physician. In this particular case, however, lack of communication and common sense led to a favorable plaintiff’s verdict.

A Review of Oil and Gas Pipelines Corrosion Risk Assessment

Pipelines are among the most common means used for transporting hazardous gases and liquids in the United States. However, underground pipelines are aging and are at risk of corrosion failure due to coating degradation/disbondment, pitting corrosion and stress corrosion cracking.

Banking and Financial Expert Witness’s Insights on Systemically Important Financial Institution Litigation

Provided by: Don Coker
Renowned banking and finance expert witness consultant Don Coker calls on his experiences as a consultant and expert witness in high-stakes banking and financial institution litigation for over twenty years for clients including the U.S. Government, the IRS, financial services companies including over 105 banks, and others as he defines and explains some of the factors and important nuances that will be important in financial litigation that results from the recent MetLife SIFI court decision.

The Value Of A Security Consultant

Provided by: Special Service
A security consultant can make an objective evaluation of an organization's security environment, even - and perhaps especially - when the organization already has an established security program. An independent evaluation will assure that the forest is not being overshadowed by the trees.

Legal Translation and Communicating Occupational Hazards to Foreign Language Speakers

Legal document translation, deposition translators, and legal interpreting play an important role in the cases dealing with employees who speak a foreign language and the various situations that arise in a multi-linguistic workplace.

Expert Witness in Personal Injury Cases

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Many personal injury attorneys retain the services of an expert witness. These witnesses can provide detailed information that may help prove their side of the case. However, accident victims must determine whether the additional cost of hiring an expert will be justified.

Multiemployer Pension Plans Get IRS Guidance on Suspension of Benefits

The IRS issued a proposed ruling titled, “Additional Limitation on Suspension of Benefits Applicable to Certain Pension Plans under the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014,” on February 11, 2016. The MPRA relates to multiemployer defined benefit pension plans.

Why Legal Translations of Multilingual Contracts Are Important for Businesses

Without proper legal document translations and certified translation services businesses that don’t follow foreign language contract translation laws can run into legal woes. It is very important for businesses to use professional interpreting and translation services when dealing with foreign language speaking consumers, especially when contracts are involved.

What Attorneys Need to Know About Legal Translators and Legal Interpreters

Case law, court and public may use the words “translator” and “interpreter” interchangeably. But savvy attorneys who understand that these words refer to the members of two different professions, would be able to work with translators and interpreters more effectively.

Legal Translation Services for Language Accommodation in Workplace

Company Ordered to Pay $20,000 in Medical Bills in Worker’s Compensation Claim for Minor Muscle Strain Treated as a Heart Attack Due to Lack of an Interpreter. And while it is important to accommodate foreign language speakers in the workplace this case contains important lessons for the attorneys regarding the use of professional legal translators and interpreters to shield the employer from liability in similar cases.

Low Energy Door Systems - A Basic Primer for Your Next Door Injury Case

Provided by: Michael Panish
How low energy doors work. Low energy doors vs high energy doors. Intended Usage.

Commercial Overhead Doors - Worker Injury Claims

Provided by: Michael Panish
A worker is performing a duty near the ceiling within the path of travel of an automatic door. Without warning, the door begins to move and the top edge of the door collides with the worker or what he is standing on, causing the worker to fall to the ground. This article addresses many case scenarios and responsibility.

Popular Social Security Loopholes Closed in Recent Budget Act

Known as “unintended loopholes,” Social Security claims strategies, that gained popularity among married couples, are being eliminated under the recent Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015.

Are E-books Ruining Your Sleep?

With the holiday season behind us, hopefully you are all using those fun and interesting electronic gifts you received. One of those gifts might be a tablet or e-reader, but beware it could have an adverse effect on your sleep cycle. Specifically, backlit e-readers and tablets should not be used before going to sleep, says a new study from the Cambridge, Massachusetts based Harvard Medical School.

Single Employer Pension Fees to Increase Following 2015 Budget Act

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 was signed into law on November 1, 2015. The primary intent of the law was to increase federal spending limits and raise the debt ceiling, but the BBA also included two other important pension provisions.

Two Fortune 500 Companies to Freeze Pensions

Two Fortune 500 companies recently announced that they would halt their defined benefit pension programs in favor of moving toward defined contribution plans to reduce corporate liability and cut down on costs.

Strong Debate Surrounds Proposed Fiduciary Rule

The Department of Labor (DOL) in April 2015 released a revision to its fiduciary rules intended to close a perceived loophole that allows for potential conflicts of interest between a retirement investment adviser and plan participants.

Multiemployer Pension Plan Benefit Reductions to be Reviewed

In part of the effort of the Kline-Miller Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 that was enacted last year, The U.S. Department of Treasury recently designated a Special Master to head an effort to review distressed multiemployer pension plans that are facing funding shortfalls.

Central States Multiemployer Pension Plan Seeks Benefit Reductions

The Kline-Miller Multiemployer Pension Reform Act (MPRA) was signed into law December 2014. A key component of this legislation allows multiemployer pension plans that are in “critical and declining status” to apply for a temporary or permanent reduction of benefits to prevent plan insolvency.

Will Fitbit and Crowdsourcing Change Personal Injury Cases?

One of the main items taken into account when considering how to price a settlement for a personal injury case is: what is the economic value of loss of ability to work or lead a normal life? In many cases it’s based on conjecture. In terms of working it can be a simple calculation of dollars per hour of work missed sometimes a little extra, but how can you quantify compensation for someone who seems relatively normal?

Filmmaker Malpractice Insurance

Errors and Omissions Insurance (also known as E&O Insurance) is malpractice insurance for filmmakers. These policies protect against claims of defamation, invasion of privacy, infringement of the right of publicity, idea and story theft, copyright infringement, plagiarism, piracy, and the unauthorized use of names and trademarks. Some policies cover unfair competition and failure to provide screen credit.

Chain of Title

Many filmmakers have a vague understanding of the term “Chain of Title.” Often they don’t focus on this phrase until production has been completed and a distributor expresses interest in their film. They quickly discover that they must secure E&O insurance in order to make delivery to the distributor, and they cannot obtain such insurance without having a clean chain of title. So, what exactly is chain of title?

Goodbye Google Glass, We Never Knew You

It looks like the new and highly publicized Google Glass wearable device is sliding down into the depths of failed technology. It joins these other failed products like the Segway, which failed due to low consumer demand and the Hewlett Packard TouchPad which failed due to incompatibility.


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