Kristin Casler

Kristin Casler is a legal writer and journalist who served as the editor for LexisNexis Mealey’s litigation news monitor for 17 years.

Kristin Casler

Accident Reconstructionist Blames Automotive Crash on Following Too Closely

Case: Sandra and Fred Seamans v. Andrew B. Tremontana, et al., No. 3:13–0698, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania; Sept. 3, 2014 Background: This case involves an accident between Sandra and Fred Seamans and Andrew Tremontana. It occurred on Interstate 81 as the Seamanses were merging onto the highway. A box truck in front

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

Pennsylvania Federal Judge Says Accident Reconstruction Expert Witness Properly Barred

Case: John P. Senese v. Liberty Mutual, No. 13-5139, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; Aug. 19, 2014 Background: Plaintiff John P. Senese was injured in a car accident in 2009, when he accelerated while making a left turn to avoid another car that was speeding toward him as he turned. He

Posted on September 24, 2014 in News & Working with Experts

Statistics Expert Allowed to Testify in Real Estate Backed Securities Dispute

CMFG Life Insurance Co., et al. v. RBS Securities, Inc., No. 12-cv-037-wmc, U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin; July 23, 2014 Background: Plaintiffs CMFG Life Insurance Company and its subsidiaries (CUNA Mutual) seek to rescind the purchase of fifteen residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) certificates sold to it by defendant RBS Securities (RBS).  The RMBS

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

Pennsylvania Judge Denies Insurer’s Motion to Exclude Accounting Expert in Business Shutdown

Case: U.S. Fire Insurance Co. v. Kelman Bottles, No. 11cv0891, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania; Aug. 8, 2014 Background: Kelman Bottles owns a glass manufacturing facility. On the date in question, only one furnace was operating. Molten glass escaped from that furnace, resulting in physical damage to the furnace and other

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

CPA expert witness’s business valuation admissible in wife’s fraudulent asset transfer case

Case: Teresa Hipple v. SCIX, et al., No. 12–1256, U.S. District Court Eastern District Pennsylvania; Aug. 13, 2014 Background: Defendant Clement Hipple founded SCIX in 1999 to market and sell Steel Seal, an automotive-repair product used to seal blown head gaskets. On January 1, 2001, Clement Hipple transferred his “membership interest” in SCIX to his

Posted on October 8, 2014 in News & Uncategorized & Working with Experts

Restaurant Wins Expert Exclusion and Summary Judgment in Trip and Fall Case

Case: Doris M. May v. Ruby Tuesday, Inc., No. 5:13–CV–170 (FJS/ATB), U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York; Oct. 2, 2014 Background: Plaintiff Doris M. May alleges that she was injured when she tripped on a concrete wheel stop in a handicap parking spot in front of the doors of a Ruby Tuesday restaurant

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

Nursing Home Defendant Loses Bid to Exclude Nurse in Fall-Related Death

Case: Vicky Pruitt v. BROC, LLC, No. 4:14–cv–00006, U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia; Oct. 9, 2014 Background: Plaintiff is the administrator of the estate of a patient at Blue Ridge Nursing Center, which is owned by defendant BROC, LLC. The patient was at a high risk for falls and had a bed pan

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

10th Circuit Rejects Engineering Expert Witness in Allegedly Defective Ladder Case

Case: Suzanne R. Heer v. Costco Wholesale Corp., et al., No. 14–2009; 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals; Oct. 29, 2014

Posted on November 17, 2014 in News

Man Commits Suicide After Wrong Cancer Diagnosis, Urology Expert Opines

Case: Shannon Dux v. United States of America, No. 11 CV 7142, U.S. District Court, N.D. Illinois; Sept. 24, 2014 Background: Doctors at defendant Edward Hines, Jr. Veterans Administration in Maywood, Ill., told a Vietnam veteran that he tested positive for prostate cancer. He underwent a radical prostatectomy, which resulted in incontinence, sexual dysfunction, and

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