Articles by Zach Barreto

Plaintiff Company’s CEO is Accused of Bias in Serving as an Expert Witness

Court: United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, Harrisonburg Division Jurisdiction: Federal Case Name: Keystone Transp. Sols., LLC v. Northwest Hardwoods, Inc. Citation: 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 67103 Facts After the plaintiff shipping and logistics company failed…

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Property Management Expert Lacks Qualifications to Opine on Asphalt Maintenance

Court: United States District Court for the District of Nebraska Jurisdiction: Federal Case Name: Ackerman v. U-Park, Inc. Citation: 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 45860 Facts This case involves a slip and fall that occurred in a parking lot owned by…

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Firearms Expert’s Prior Weapons Identification is Challenged as Hearsay

Court: United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit Jurisdiction: Federal Case Name: United States v. Brinson Citation: 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 31231 Facts The appellant appealed against his conviction under 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1) for possession of a…

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Car Insurers Accused of Rigging Policy Offerings in Anticompetitive Scheme

Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of California, San Francisco Division Jurisdiction: Federal Case Name: Perez v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. et al Citation: 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 155921 Facts This case involves a car…

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Knowledge of the Banking Sector Does Not Qualify as Financial Elder Abuse Expertise

Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of California Jurisdiction: Federal Case Name: Sterling Sav. Bank v. Poulsen Citation: 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 105948 Facts This case involved four loans that the defendant’s real estate investment company had…

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3 Reasons Why a First-Time Expert May Not Be Your Best Choice

Litigators are often faced with a tough choice when selecting expert witnesses for a case: Do you work with a first-time expert—that is, someone with the right qualifications but no litigation experience? Or you go with an experienced expert who…

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FINRA Expert Says Wells Fargo Fulfilled Fiduciary Duty Amidst Financial Crisis

Court: United States District Court for the District of Minnesota Jurisdiction: Federal Case Name: City of Farmington Hills Emps. Ret. Sys. v. Wells Fargo Bank Citation: N.A., 979 F. Supp. 2d 981 Facts A municipal employee retirement system, along with…

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Electrical Engineering Expert Investigates Fire Allegedly Sparked by Snowplow

Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of New York Jurisdiction: Federal Case Name: Argonaut Ins. Co. v. Samsung Heavy Indus. Co. Citation: 929 F. Supp. 2d 159 Facts This case involves determining the cause of a fire…

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Sports & Recreation Expert Challenged for Biomechanical Opinion of Basketball Court Injury

Court: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Jurisdiction: Federal Case Name: Jones v. LA Fitness Int’l, LLC Citation: 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 101747 Facts The plaintiff was playing basketball on an indoor court at a health…

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Laptop Battery Pack Allegedly Causes Fatal House Fire, Killing Teen

Court: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin Jurisdiction: Federal Case Name: Gopalratnam v. Hewlett-Packard Co. Citation: 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 40386 Facts The plaintiffs’ son bought an HP laptop that contained a battery pack manufactured by…

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