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Articles by Jared Firestone, J.D.

3 Cases, More than $100 Million in Verdicts

As we head towards the later part of 2016, it’s an appropriate time to take a look back at some of the major cases this year and see how expert witnesses were deployed. In actions ranging from medical malpractice, to…

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Accounting Expert Witness Withstands Daubert Challenge in SEC Case

CASE: SEC v. Lucent Techs., Inc., 610 F. Supp. 2d 342 (D.N.J. 2009) BACKGROUND: This case regarded the sales of telecommunications equipment by Lucent and its recognition of revenues from those sales in fiscal year 2000. The allegations against all…

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Expert Evidence and Daubert Challenges in Talcum Powder Litigation

Berg v. Johnson & Johnson Consumer Cos.  was one of the first lawsuits in which products containing talcum powder were ruled to be a “contributing factor” in a Plaintiff’s ovarian cancer, with an additional ruling that held that talc-based products…

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Expert Witness Report: 6 Tips for Better Expert Reports

Working with experts throughout any case can be a complex process, requiring knowledge of the expert’s field, how they will be used strategically in your case, and how to get the most value out of the experts you retain. As…

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Best Practices for Avoiding Expert Witness Disqualification

Courts rarely disqualify expert witnesses due to conflicts of interest. However, if a court feels that there are sufficient concerns involving confidentiality, it will heavily consider disqualifying an expert. While disqualification is rare, it can be a devastating possibility. It…

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Viagra MDL Seeks Consolidation of All Melanoma Related Suits

The popular erectile dysfunction drug Viagra has been the target of a flurry of lawsuits after a 2014 study found that there may be a link between the drug and melanoma. After about 30 lawsuits were filed against drug-maker Pfizer, a motion…

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Natural Gas Expert Witness Opines on Odorization System Defect

Background This case arises from Plaintiffs’ complaints of a “rotten egg” odor emitted from a natural gas facility neighboring their home. Defendants moved for summary judgment, asserting Plaintiff’s claims are barred by the Restrictive Covenant they signed in order to…

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Mental Health Expert Witness Claims Prozac Contributed to Murder-Suicide

Background This was a drug product liability case in which the Plaintiffs claim that Elvira Espinoza shot and killed her children and then committed suicide as a result of her ingestion of Prozac, an antidepressant manufactured by Defendant Eli Lilly…

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Autopsy Expert Witness’ Testimony Found Admissible in Murder Trial

Background Defendant Mark Unger was on the deck with the victim, Florence Unger, on the evening of October 24, 2003. Defendant told the police and several family friends that sometime after dark, the victim had asked him to go back…

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GPS Expert Witness Opines on Bank Robbery

Background On September 9, 2008, Evert Thompson and Sharron Graham robbed a Bank of America located in Iselin, New Jersey, with a Colt .357 revolver. After fleeing the bank in a stolen black BMW, the two men abandoned the car…

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