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College Admission Scandal or Business as Usual?

On an almost-spring March day in Massachusetts, Boston U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, Andrew Lelling, held a press conference, the purpose of which was to announce indictments against 50 people, including 33 parents, in a college admission scandal.

Common Legal Problems with Being an Expert Witness

Expert witnesses can face similar legal problems as other professionals depending on the situation, and some of these include professional or sexual misconduct, interfering with an investigation, breach of contract and misleading or misrepresentation of the facts. Some legal concerns arise during a case or when the professional hired by the lawyer causes problems during a case.

Sears Pension Plans to be Assumed by PBGC

After nearly a decade of failing to turn a profit, Sears Holdings Corporation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on October 15, 2018. As of February 11, 2019, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (“PBGC”) is now the trustee for two Sears defined benefit pension plans. The move follows bankruptcy court approval of an agreement between the PBCC and Sears that terminated the plans as of January 31, 2019.

Avoiding Conflict Problems with Expert Witnesses

The relationship between lawyer and expert witness relies upon the work they accomplish which requires a lack of conflict and a better understanding of the subject matter. There are ways of avoiding arguments that can help assist both parties in seeking stronger bonds and working together on the case accordingly.

Tips for Hiring an Expert Witness to Save Time and Money

Hiring an expert witness is often difficult when the subject matter is a complex problem for everyone involved, and there are certain tips that exist to provide assistance in both saving time and money with this process. These usually entail performing research online and locally to lower costs of travel along with cutting out expensive professionals services.

Why Men Should Never Undergo Brow Lifts

Lifting the brow in men will more than likely have deleterious effects on their appearance.

Ethical Considerations for Hiring Expert Witnesses

Ethics often come into play when hiring and using expert witnesses for both criminal and civil cases because the expert witness is someone that can help, support or even remove confusion with evidence and various processes. There are certain ethical dilemmas and problems that may arise with professional hires and even in the cases themselves.

Tips for Eliciting Effective Testimony from an Expert Witnesses

Acquiring effective expert witness testimony is crucial for any case where this professional is a needed component to attempt to convince the judge or jury of a valid argument for or against a person. The tips that can increase effectiveness involve both preparation and direct or indirect cross-examination with both sides of the argument.

When It Comes to Marketing Your Law Practice, Are You Willing to Stick Your Neck Out?

The numbers are staggering. According to the American Bar Association, there are 50,000 law firms in the U.S. with two or more attorneys. If you also count solo practitioners firms, the U.S. Census estimates almost 175,000 total legal establishments. Guess what? Not all of them can or will be ranked #1 on Google. In fact, most won't make the first pages of the online directories. Now, if you’re one of the 95% that won’t, and you listen to the “experts", you might as well pack up shop right now. But to take that attitude is to run counter to everything that marketing is to supposed be about.

Of Slopes and Flops in Investments

The investment world and the financial medias are abuzz with the USD yield curve and its growing flattening/inversion, and for good reasons. Here is why.

The Genus and Species of Copyright

In Varsity v. Star Athletica, the U.S. Supreme Court addressed one of the confounding issues in copyright law: when pictorial, graphic and sculptural works are sufficiently separate from the articles on which they are placed to qualify for copyright protection.

University 403(b) Pension Plans Gain Favorable Court Ruling

Georgetown University is the latest school to fight off a lawsuit brought against their 403(b) plans claiming a breach of fiduciary duties. Northwestern University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Washington University in St. Louis have also had lawsuits dismissed, while New York University succeeded in a trial hearing last year.

The Case Against Online Marketing

This article is prompted by an inquiry we received recently from a family law practitioner who felt that he had extracted all he could from the smorgasbord of online marketing tools and was seeking alternative, “out-of-the-box” means for growing his practice.

Guidelines for Expert Witness Testimony

Expert witnesses hired for a court case where they must provide testimony usually have very stringent guidelines in place that require certain protocols and processes that affect opinions provided and processes that the professional must follow. Within these guidelines, the expert witness can present a case and remove confusion about evidence.

Board-Certification in Brain Injury Medicine: What Is It?

Brain Injury Medicine (BIM) has recently been added as a subspecialty by the American Board of Medical Specialties, I am asked by attorneys to explain more about it. Qualified Board-Certified Psychiatrists, Neurologists, Physiatrists (Physical Medicine and Rehab) and Sports Medicine physicians are permitted to take the exam for the Brain Injury Medicine certification.

States Expand Private Sector Retirement Options

Employer-sponsored retirement plans are not available to one-third of U.S. workers, according to the Pew Center, and many employees who do have access to a pension plan do not participate. Some industry sources estimate that up to 58 million private sector workers are not covered by a retirement plan.

How to Become an Expert Witness

There are different ways that a professional that has experience with a certain subject field can become an expert witness for the courtroom hired by a lawyer. Many of these different methods are from a start and continued experience with lawyers that can help to further the career of a professional with legal matters.

Expert Witness Tips for Providing Effective Testimony

There are numerous tips for expert witnesses in providing the courtroom with the most effective testimony possible for the subject matter, depending on what the expert needs to get across to the judge or jury panel. These tips often depend on the understanding of the question, the reliable testing methods and relevant content presented to the court.

Understanding Frye Before Testifying as an Expert Witness

Frye and Daubert are the standards for expert witnesses that explain what the professional must accomplish to remain a designated witness for the trial case. There are many factors for vetting and qualifying the expert in the courtroom, and it is important that the professional first understand these criteria under Frye before testifying.

Pension Risk Transfers Remain Strong in 2018

U.S. corporate pension plan sponsors continue to pursue a strategy called “pension risk transfer”under the favorable economic conditions of 2018. A pension risk transfer generally refers to the process by which a pension plan sponsor purchases a group annuity from an insurance company to cover pension payments and administration for all or a portion of plan participants.

Can You Testify as an Expert Witness in All States?

Throughout the entire country, expert witnesses have become an integral part of the court cases for multiple and numerous issues that may arise where there is a need to explain something further or remove confusion. By using an expert with a scientific background, it is possible that the professional can do so in all states in the country.

Expert Witness Best Practices

The best practices that expert witnesses adhere to generally require staying on point in the case, keeping the material relevant and ensuring that all test methods are reliable or give reliable results with a known margin of error. Other best practices usually change based on the case, but many of these are similar throughout the expert’s life in the courts.

Working as a Consulting Expert Witness

Expert witnesses that either do not make it through qualifying as a designated expert witness or that provide services outside of the expert witness field can assist the lawyer in understanding the subject materials or in finding an expert witness to give testimony in the courtroom. Other consultants work closely with the legal team for informational purposes.

Sales Company's Liability for Low Film Sales

Provided by: Kathryn Arnold
Sales of independent film is a volatile undertaking, even under the best of circumstances. The competition is stiff, buyer’s tastes shift, and thousands of films are produced globally each year. According to IMDB, in the last 10 years, film production has doubled from 4,585 in 2005 to 9,387 films in 2015.

Guide on How to Find Expert Witnesses

Finding an expert witness often requires assistance such as a database, expert hiring agency or research into the local area to discover if there exists someone with the relevant knowledge of the subject matter that is in the case. Once the lawyer and legal team find this professional, it is time to interview and then determine if a hire is the next step.

Stress Testing for Municipal Pension Plans

Stress testing for public sector retirement plans is gaining attention following the adoption of new standardized guidelines, as well as support from The Pew Charitable Trusts. The practice of stress testing started with banks and financial institutions following the 2008 economic crisis, pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.

Computer Expert Witnesses - How They Can Help in a Child Pornography Case

Many child pornography cases involve computers and hiring a computer expert witness is crucial to help prove or disprove the matter. The professional will perform many checks on the involved computing devices, analyze data from deleted files and assess internet connections to certain chat rooms, browser history and other tasks.

Working with an Expert Witness - What You Need to Know

Working with an expert witness hired for a specific case requires an understanding of what this professional will do during the case, before the courtroom and while in the court. Having a strong relationship with this expert is a key to a better experience and to a greater attempt at success in the claim or case for the client.

Direct Examination of Your Expert Witness: Key Strategies

To make the most of the expert witness for the case, it is important to hire this professional early and explain the specifics of the direct examination. When it is clear that a trial case is the likely outcome, the expert witness may need an early hire to work through the evidence and other materials quickly to support the argument in the courtroom.

Options on Leveraged Vix Etfs – Legal Issues

There is much to be said about the February 5th losses on the leveraged VIX ETF options.

Don't Touch The Vix! Ooops.

What happened on February 5th, 2018.

Preventing #MeToo Legal Fires

As an active duty Deputy Fire Chief, I was responsible for the lives and safety of all of my firefighters as well. Creating an environment free from harassment, intimidation, discrimination and other such harmful behavior was as much important as creating a safe emergency scene.

Use of Expert Witnesses in Football Head Injury Claims

There are several types of expert witnesses that may assist with a traumatic brain or head injury with a professional football player in either major leagues or minor leagues. These professionals usually must explain the injury, the reason the injury occurred or why the defendant is liable for damages such as with product defects or a lack of protection.

Asbestos in Baby Powder Cases - Product Liability Expert Witness Testimony

There are several cases where there are toxic substances used as materials in products used for young children or babies that require the services of an expert witness to both understand and pursue a legal claim against. In these situations, the expert hired will need to testify about the tested materials and expose the damages the company or person caused.

How can an Economic Expert Determine My Amount of Lost Income in a Personal Injury Case?

In a personal injury case, the victim may have need of several experts to assist with the issues of the subject matter to include explaining and calculating the loss of income and other damages owed. These experts may become part of the claim as witnesses or give reports and documentation to support the claim as evidence.

Expert Witnesses Provide Testimony on Driver Fatigue

Expert testimony about fatigued driving generally revolves around the different health problems a person may have while behind the wheel and becoming tired or exhausted to the point of falling asleep. Others may have additional stress, are driving after a long day or become fatigued through different problems that may arise to possibly cause an accident.

Restaurants, Lawsuits & the Role of OSHA

Did you know that OSHA plays a very important role in nearly every restaurant and bar industry lawsuit and insurance claim? Well, it most certainly does, and it doesn’t matter if the person that got injured, harmed, sickened, maimed or killed was an employee or a customer of the subject establishment.

Litigation Cases Involving Violence in Restaurants

Did you know that restaurants are more likely to experience workplace violence than any other industry in America? In this article we will help you find out why restaurants are so prone to violence, what leads to violence, the practical steps to help make restaurants safe, and the insider information that you need when dealing with one of these legal matters.

Insurance Expert Witness in Violations of State Insurance Claims

When there are violations incurred with the state insurance claims either for the company or against it, these matters may require the services of an insurance expert witness to unravel the confusion and explain the necessary and relevant details. The expert hired for someone suing the company will need to review the matter carefully and determine how best to proceed with testimony.

Role of the Expert Witness in Stock Option Controversies

Stock option controversies often arise through the devaluation or tampering of the stock options given to the employees as a way to increase income over time as the company grows. However, it often takes an expert witness to explain these matters and demonstrate the problems that exist and that decrease the value so that stock options are nearly worthless.

Pension Benefit Reductions Approved for Two Pension Funds

The U.S. Treasury Department recently approved pension benefit reductions for two pension funds, the Western States Office and Professional Employees Pension Fund (“Western States”) of Portland, Ore., and the Ironworkers Local 16 Pension Fund (“Ironworkers”) of Towson, Md.

Use of Chemistry Expert Witness in Drug Charges

Drug charges often require an expert to analyze the data, understand the full elements of the case and explain these issues to the courtroom for a better awareness of each factor. Without an expert to assess a blood or urine sample, the results may remain unverified which may assist in releasing a guilty party without the necessary conviction he or she may incur.

Future of Arbitrating ERISA Complaints

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a July 24th opinion in the case Munro vs. University of Southern California, Case No: 17-55550 (9th Cir. 2018)* concerning the scope of arbitration clauses in employment contracts and . . .

Expert Witness Explains How Lack of Warning Labels Can Lead to Crane Accidents

Crane accidents generally occur when an operator is unaware of certain issues based on a lack of warning labels or when the instructions do not include various problems or defects that could exist. An expert witness may need to explain these matters in the courtroom to clarify the claim and how it affects the injured party.

Class Certification and Expert Witnesses

Some expert witnesses will need class certification for class action lawsuits or when using specific and specialized knowledge for various cases that demand certification for the subject matter. Some professionals work with larger cases that encompass multiple or dozens of plaintiffs against a company that increases the standards the expert is put to within the claim.

Expert Witness Provides Testimony in Formaldehyde in Construction Materials Product Litigation Cases

Construction materials used in a product’s creation may contain certain harmful chemicals, and an expert witness may need to provide testimony against the manufacturer or construction company when a person or employee sustains injury from the resource used. The professional hired for these claims may also need to express to the courtroom why formaldehyde was in the materials.

Weaponized Chemistry, a Medicine Cabinet of Assault

Date Rape Drugs: Psychiatry, Pharmacology and Law

Role of an Infectious Disease Expert Witness in Food Poisoning Case

Many food poisoning cases require the assistance and expertise of an expert witness to understand the actual cause and severity of the contamination that affects and injures those that consume the food. An infectious disease consultant may provide details similar to those that work for the Centers for Disease Control that may take center stage in some food poisoning cases.

Logistics and Distribution Are More Complicated Than You Think

Global supply chains are complicated and involve relationships between multiple supply chain partners. Each relationship requires some kind of agreement or contract between the parties that is often the source of conflict that result in law suits.

How Hard Is It to Beat the S&P 500?

The majority managers seeking to outperform the S&P 500 fail. However, there is a way to improve the odds tremendously.

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