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

Medical Causation Expert Witness and Birth Injury Expert Witness Properly Barred, 8th Circuit Finds

Case: Dawn Lawrey v. Good Samaritan Hospital, et al., No. 12–3863, Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals; June 4, 2014 Background: Aubree Lawrey was born with a permanent brachial plexus injury to her right shoulder and arm. The injury resulted from a posterior shoulder dystocia. During delivery, her shoulder became stuck behind her mother’s tailbone

Posted on July 28, 2014 in News & Working with Experts

Apple’s Efforts to Bar Patent Damages Expert Witnesses Denied by U.S. Judge

Case: Emblaze Ltd. v. Apple Inc., No. 5:11–cv–01079–PSG, U.S. District Court, Northern District California; June 25, 2014 Background: Plaintiff Emblaze, Ltd. is a publicly held Israeli corporation with a worldwide business in development and marketing of innovative, high-tech technologies and products. It claims defendant Apple, Inc. violates its ‘473 patent, which encompasses methods for real-time

Posted on July 28, 2014 in News & Working with Experts

Pathology expert witness wrongly-excluded in delayed diagnosis of cancer case

Case: Christina Nicole Adams v. Laboratory Corporation of America, No. 13-10425, Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals; July 29, 2014 Background: Christina Adams received five Pap smear tests over the course of 32 months. Defendant Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp) reviewed the tests for abnormalities and subsequently reported none. Less than a year after her

Posted on August 5, 2014 in News & Working with Experts

U.S. Judge Nixes GPNE’s Damages Expert Witness in Apple Patent Suit

Case: GPNE Corp. v. Apple, Inc., No.: 12–CV–02885–LHK, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California; August 6, 2014 Background: GPNE Corp. sued Apple, Inc. alleging its iPads and iPhones infringe three patents GPNE holds on data transmission. GPNE filed similar claims against other device makers and retailers, but the cases were separated. In

Posted on August 14, 2014 in News & Working with Experts

7th Circuit Finds Firearms Expert Inadmissible in Accidental Discharge Case

Case: Adam Hartman v. EBSCO Industries, et al., No. 13–3398, Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals; July 10, 2014 Background: Adam Hartman was loading a 14-year-old LK-93 Wolverine muzzleloader that had been upgraded the previous day with a kit to allow it to more effectively fire newer-styled pellets, when the rifle suddenly discharged, causing Hartman

Posted on August 21, 2014 in News & Working with Experts

U.S. Judge in Oklahoma Excludes Accident Reconstruction Expert in Fatal Truck-Tractor Crash

  Case: Miguel Navarrete v. Michael C. Wiebe, et al., No. CIV–13–708–D, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma; July 25, 2014 Background: In July 2012, Miguel Navarrete Jr. was a passenger in a pickup truck driven by a 13-year-old (A.N.). The truck was traveling westbound along a rural, unpaved road. At an

Posted on August 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

U.S. Judge Finds Document Examination Expert Witness Failed to Demonstrate Reliability in Bank Robbery Case

Case: United States v. Christopher McDaniels, No. 12–393–01, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; June 11, 2014 Background: Defendant Christopher McDaniels pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery. At his sentencing hearing, the government asserted that McDaniels committed five additional bank robberies, and that this uncharged criminal conduct justified an

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

6th Circuit Reverses Exclusion of Mechanical Engineering Expert in Gun Misfire Case

Case: Mark D. Lee v. Smith & Wesson Corp., No. 13–3597, Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals; July 29, 2014  Background: Mark D. Lee was injured in 2006 when a revolver he was using for target practice discharged improperly, seriously injuring his right eye, face and nose. Lee had already successfully fired the weapon twice

Posted on September 10, 2014 in News & Working with Experts

Accounting Expert Witness Properly Allowed in Tax Fraud Case, 10th Circuit Concludes

Case: United States v. Curtis L. Morris, No. 12–1474, 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals; July 28, 2014 Background: Defendant Curtis L. Morris is an accountant and bookkeeper accused of playing an integral part in a tax-fraud conspiracy. Morris would claim nonexistent tax withholdings by filing fabricated Forms 1099-OID with tax returns. The Internal Revenue

Posted on September 16, 2014 in News & Working with Experts

Judge Admits/Excludes Patent Expert Witnesses in Honeywell Heating Patent Dispute

Case: Honeywell International, Inc. v. ICM Controls Corp., No. 11-569 (JNE/TNL), U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota; August 27, 2014 Background: Plaintiff Honeywell International Inc. asserts 19 counts against defendant ICM Controls Corp. It is accused of alleged patent infringement, copyright infringement, Lanham Act violations, and state law violations. Defendant’s Patent Expert Witnesses:

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