Kristin Casler

Kristin Casler is a seasoned legal writer and journalist with an extensive background in litigation news coverage. For 17 years, she served as the editor for LexisNexis Mealey’s litigation news monitor, a role that positioned her at the forefront of reporting on pivotal legal developments. Her expertise includes covering cases related to the Supreme Court's expert admissibility ruling in Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals Inc., a critical area in both civil and criminal litigation concerning the challenges of 'junk science' testimony.

Kristin's work primarily involves reporting on a diverse range of legal subjects, with particular emphasis on cases in asbestos litigation, insurance, personal injury, antitrust, mortgage lending, and testimony issues in conviction cases. Her contributions as a journalist have been instrumental in providing in-depth, informed analysis on the evolving landscape of these complex legal areas. Her ability to dissect and communicate intricate legal proceedings and rulings makes her a valuable resource in the legal journalism field.

Kristin Casler

Plaintiff’s Forensic Engineering Expert Witness Admitted in Catastrophic Rollover Case in Maryland Federal Court

Case: Darin Ruark v. BMW of North America, LLC, et al., No. ELH–09–2738, U.S. District Court District of Maryland; January 30, 2014 Background: Darin Ruark was 17 in 2006, when the 1995 BMW 325is coupe he was riding in rolled over several times. Although he was wearing his seat belt, his head struck the roof

Posted on June 23, 2014 in News & Working with Experts

Arizona Supreme Court Allows Sexual Abuse Expert Witness Testimony, Finds Rule 702 Allows General Testimony

Case: State of Arizona v. Martin David Salazar-Mercado, No. CR-13-0244-PR, Arizona Supreme Court, May 29, 2014 Background: Martin David Salazar-Mercado was convicted in Pima County Superior Court for molesting his cousin’s children. He was sentenced to life in prison. Sexual Abuse Expert Witness: Dr. Wendy Dutton, a forensic interviewer, presented expert testimony on behalf of

Posted on June 30, 2014 in News & Working with Experts

U.S. Judge in Colorado Refuses to Exclude Patent Expert Witness in Action Against Google

Case: Potter Voice Technologies LLC v. Google, Inc., et al., No. 12–cv–01096–REB–CBS, U.S. District Court, District of Colorado; March 19, 2014 Background: Potter Voice Technologies LLC owns patent number 5,729,659 (the ′659 patent). The patent describes a method and apparatus for controlling a digital computer using oral input. Potter alleges that BlackBerry Voice Commands, Google

Posted on June 23, 2014 in News & Working with Experts

Federal Circuit Says Patent Expert Witnesses Wrongly Barred, Resurrects Smartphone Action in Apple v. Motorola

Case: (Apple Inc. et al v. Motorola Inc., et al., Nos. 2012–1548, 2012–1549, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; April 25, 2014 Background: Smartphone manufacturers Apple Inc. and Motorola Inc. asserted patent infringement claims against each other. They sought declaratory judgments of non-infringement and invalidity of patents related to smartphone technology. Following claim

Posted on June 23, 2014 in News & Working with Experts

Peanut Company Owner Accused of Fraud Loses Psychology Expert Witness Testimony

Case: United States of America v. Stewart Parnell, No. 1:13–cr–12 (WLS), U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, Albany Div.; June 24, 2014 Background: Stewart Parnell was the CEO of Peanut Corporation of America. He faces a 76-count indictment alleging he sold salmonella-contaminated peanuts. The indictment alleges that he defrauded his customers by

Posted on July 2, 2014 in News & Working with Experts

8th Circuit Resurrects Causation Expert Witnesses in Contaminated Baby Formula Case

Case: Scott Johnson v. Mead Johnson & Co., Nos. 13–1681, 13–2685, Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals; June 6, 2014 Background: Scott Johnson, as guardian ad litem for his infant, H.T.P., asserted claims against baby formula maker Mead Johnson & Co. for negligence, products liability and failure to warn after the child sustained severe, permanent

Posted on July 7, 2014 in News & Working with Experts

9th Circuit Affirms Admission of Economics Expert Witness In FTC Pyramid Scheme Case

Case: Federal Trade Commission v. BurnLounge, Inc., et al., Nos. 12–55926, 12–56197, 12–56228, Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals; June 2, 1014 Background: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) asserted claims of unfair and deceptive practices against multi-level marketing business BurnLounge, Inc., and its chief operating officer for allegedly operating a pyramid scheme. The scheme involved

Posted on July 17, 2014 in News & Working with Experts

9th Circuit Says Engineering and Metallurgy Expert Witnesses Wrongly Barred from Insurance Dispute

Case: Pyramid Technologies, Inc., et al. v. Hartford Casualty Insurance Co., No. 11–56304, Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals; May 19, 2014 Background: Pyramid Technologies, Inc., which purchased and resold electronic parts, had coverage for business interruption, building replacement and business personal property replacement under a policy with Hartford Insurance Co. Pyramid had more than

Posted on July 17, 2014 in News & Working with Experts

Massachusetts Federal Judge Nixes Part of Securities Expert Witness’s Testimony in Ghana Banking Fraud Case

Case: Patricia M. Keppler v. RBS Citizens, No 12–10768–FDS, U.S. District Court, Massachusetts; June 24, 2014 Background: Patricia Keppler asserts that she was a victim of a “romance fraud” involving one or more people in Ghana. They persuaded her to allow the use of her bank accounts to launder and transfer funds through her home-equity

Posted on July 23, 2014 in News & Working with Experts

Securities Fraud Plaintiffs Lose Accounting Expert Witness in Case Against Coal Company Auditors

Case: In re Puda Coal Securities, et al. Litigation, No. 11–cv–2598 (KBF), U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; June 26, 2014 Background: In September 2009 Puda Coal Inc.’s chairman, Ming Zhao, and his brother, Yao Zhao, arranged to transfer Puda’s entire 90-percent interest in Shanxi Puda Coal Group Co., Ltd. to M. Zhao

Posted on July 23, 2014 in News & Working with Experts