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Jared Firestone, J.D.
ProfileJared Firestone, J.D., is a personal injury attorney, licensed realtor, and freelance legal writer who writes on contracts, advanced legal research, and E-discovery.
Articles by Jared Firestone, J.D.
Structural Engineering Expert Witness Opines on Bridge Construction Dispute
Case: Scott Bridge Co. v. Gresham Smith & Partners, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 139604 (M.D. Ala. Oct. 14, 2015) Background: Plaintiff filed this action in tort against Defendant alleging professional negligence, gross negligence, and/or wantonness. Plaintiff’s claims relate to designs…Posted on in
Expert Witness Opines on Payment for Mortgage Servicing Rights
Case: Taylor, Bean & Whitaker Mortg. Corp. v. GMAC Mortg. Corp., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 125076 Background: Plaintiff, Taylor, Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corporation (“TBW”) moved to exclude the opinions of Defendant, GMAC Mortgage Corporation’s (“GMAC”) expert, J. Lester Alexander,…Posted on in
Fitbit Targeted by Class Action Lawsuits Over Inaccurate Heart Rate Monitoring
Fitbit is an American company headquartered in San Francisco, CA. It creates wearable devices that measure health and fitness data. This data includes steps, walks, floors climbed, calories burned, heart rate, and sleep quality. Fitbit reported revenue of $365 million…Posted on in News
Ashley Madison Data Breach Lawsuits Consolidated in MDL
In August, 2015, a class action lawsuit was filed against AshleyMadison.com, a popular Canadian website that facilitates extramarital affairs. This is after a breach of the site’s data systems exposed the personal information of about 39 million current and former…Posted on in News
Chipotle Investors Bring Class Action
A recent outbreak of E coli and norovirus left over 500 Chipotle customers ill across 12 states. In August, 100 patrons and employees of one Chipotle restaurant in California became ill. Similar events occurred in Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, and Massachusetts.…Posted on in News
Spotify Faces $150 Million Copyright Infringement Lawsuit
A guitarist and vocalist from the rock band “Cracker” has filed a lawsuit against the music-streaming service Spotify. The musician – David Lowery – seeks $150 million in damages from Spotify. He alleges that Spotify knowingly, willingly, and unlawfully reproduces…Posted on in News
Real Estate Expert Witness Provides Valuation of Housing Portfolio
Case: Official Comm. of Unsecured Creditors of Tousa, Inc. v. Citicorp N. Am., Inc. (In re Tousa, Inc.), 422 B.R. 783 (Bankr. S.D. Fla. 2009) Background: This case involved the decision of TOUSA, Inc. (“TOUSA”) to borrow, and to cause…Posted on in
Fire Expert Witness’s Testimony Ruled Admissible in Arson Case
Case: State v. Barnett, 480 A.2d 791 (Me. 1984) Background: Defendant sought review of a decision from the Superior Court, Penobscot County (Maine), which, following a jury trial, convicted defendant for arson. Defendant contended that the justice presiding at his…Posted on in
More Talcum Powder Lawsuits Filed As Trial Dates Approach
In July of 2014, two class-action lawsuits were filed against Johnson & Johnson. They’re claiming that the company’s talcum powder products have been causing ovarian cancer in women. Since then, the number of these lawsuits has risen exponentially. This past…Posted on in News
Valuation Expert Witness Estimates Damage to Property Values After Chemical Spill
CASE: Alexander v. Halliburton Energy Servs., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 96825 (W.D. Okla. July 22, 2015) BACKGROUND: From the mid-1960s until 1991, Halliburton Energy Services (HESI) cleaned missile motor casings for the United States Department of Defense and its contractors…Posted on in