Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office homicide investigator Troy Snelgrove testified in the DUI manslaughter trial of John Goodman, owner of the International Polo Club Palm Beach. The accident reconstruction expert witness described the scene of the fatal crash. Goodman took the stand and said the braking system on his Bentley was not working properly and caused the accident. He crashed into Scott Wilson’s Hyundai which sent Wilson into a canal. Wilson died and Goodman left the scene of the accident.
Psychiatry expert witness Dr. Joseph Glenmullen and researcher Thomas Moore have called for the unsealing of thousands of Pfizer Inc. internal documents in the multidistrict litigation over Chantix. Dr. Glenmullen has testified in state and federal cases regarding the side effects of psychiatric medications and is the author of two books on the side effects of antidepressants: Prozac Backlash and The Antidepressant Solution. Both experts have written on how smoking cessation treatments such as Chantix are associated with a higher incidence of depression, suicide and violence toward other people. The U.S. Food & Drug Adminstration has a meeting scheduled for Oct. 16th regarding Chantix.
Fda.gov has this information:
MEDICATION GUIDE CHANTIX
What is the most important information I should know about CHANTIX?
Some people have had serious side effects while using CHANTIX to help them quit smoking, including: New or worse mental health problems, such as changes in behavior, hostility, agitation, depressed mood, and suicidal thoughts or actions. Some people had these symptoms when they began taking CHANTIX, and others developed them after several weeks of treatment, or after stopping CHANTIX. Before taking CHANTIX, tell your doctor if you have ever had depression or other mental health problems. You should also tell your doctor about any symptoms you had during other times you tried to quit smoking, with or without CHANTIX.
Stop taking CHANTIX and call your doctor right away if you, your family, or caregiver notice agitation, hostility, depression or changes in your behavior or thinking that are not typical for you, or you develop any of the following symptoms:
o thoughts about suicide or dying, or attempts to commit suicide
o new or worse depression, anxiety, or panic attacks
o feeling very agitated or restless
o acting aggressive, being angry, or violent
o acting on dangerous impulses
o an extreme increase in activity and talking (mania)
o abnormal thoughts or sensations
o seeing or hearing things that are not there (hallucinations)
o feeling people are against you (paranoia)
o feeling confused
o other unusual changes in behavior or mood
When you try to quit smoking, with or without CHANTIX, you may have symptoms that may be due to nicotine withdrawal, including urge to smoke, depressed mood, trouble sleeping, irritability, frustration, anger, feeling anxious, difficulty concentrating, restlessness, decreased heart rate, and increased appetite or weight gain. Some people have even experienced suicidal thoughts when trying to quit smoking without medication. Sometimes quitting smoking can lead to worsening of mental health problems that you already have…
Psychiatry Expert Witness On Chantix
Anesthesiology expert witness Dr. Mark Dershwitz made the news by announcing that he will no longer testify on behalf of states defending their lethal injection methods. Dr. Dershwitz, Professor and Academic Vice-Chair at the University of Massachusetts, specializes in anesthesiology and pharmacology. He has opined for the federal government as well as twenty two states regarding lethal injection protocol. The July execution of convicted murderer Joseph R. Wood in Arizona with fifteen doses of lethal drugs has begun an official investigation of execution injections.
Bankruptcy expert witness Martha Kopacz, senior managing director at Phoenix Management Services in Boston, reported to Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes that Detroit's plan to exit the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history is workable. The bankruptcy case has been delayed until August 21, 2014. In 2009 General Motors and Chrysler filed for bankruptcy, closing facilities and cutting more than 20,000 jobs which continued the decline of The Motor City. Previous municipal bankruptcies include Jefferson County, AL, Orange County, CA, Stockton, CA, and San Bernadino County, CA.
Bankruptcy expert witness Martha Kopacz, senior managing director at Phoenix Management Services in Boston, reported to Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes that Detroit's plan to exit the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history is workable. The bankruptcy case has been delayed until August 21, 2014. In 2009 General Motors and Chrysler filed for bankruptcy, closing facilities and cutting more than 20,000 jobs which continued the decline of The Motor City.
Previous municipal bankruptcies include Jefferson County, AL, Orange County, CA, Stockton, CA, and San Bernadino County, CA.
What areas of law may patent expert witnesses consult on? They are able to write reports and analyze patent infringement, patent validity, patent litigation, and more. Recently the US Supreme court ruled that an abstract idea is not patentable just because it is tied to a computer system. In Alice v. CLS Bank ruling, the court writes:
Petitioner Alice Corporation is the assignee of several patents that disclose a scheme for mitigating “settlement risk,” i.e., the risk that only one party to an agreed-upon financial exchange will satisfy its obligation. In particular, the patent claims are designed to facilitate the exchange of financial obligations between two parties by using a computer system as a third-party intermediary. The patents in suit claim (1) a method for exchanging financial obligations, (2) a computer system configured to carry out the method for exchanging obligations, and (3) a computer-readable medium containing program code for performing the method of exchanging obligations…
Held: Because the claims are drawn to a patent-ineligible abstract idea, they are not patent eligible under §101. Pp. 5–17.
Sports management expert witness Dr. Gil Fried testified in the Los Angeles Superior Court case brought by Bryan Stow against former Dodger owner Frank McCourt. A professor at the University of New Haven, School of Business, in the Management of Sports Industries Program, Dr. Fried told the jury that Dodger Stadium did not meet security standards when Snow was attacked in 2011. The expert stated that two security guards were supposed to be in the parking lot 2 after the game but left the area in the second inning.
Stow’s neurosurgeon testified that Stow suffered bleeding and bruising that caused swelling in both frontal lobes as well as a skull fracture and brain seizures. He is now confined to a wheel chair.
What types of fraud may fraud detection expert witnesses consult on? These experts may opine on health care fraud, financial fraud, fraud analysis, accounting fraud, and more. In the news, US Attorney Zane David Memeger, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, announced that Matthew Kolodesh, 52, of Churchville, Pennsylvania, was sentenced for his scheme to defraud Medicare.
Over five years, Kolodesh’s business, Home Care Hospice Inc., successfully submitted false claims to Medicare totaling approximately $16.2M. He was found guilty of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, 21 counts of health care fraud, 11 counts of money laundering, and two counts of mail fraud.
Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.
Google Inc. announced financial results on April 16, 2014 for the quarter ended March 31, 2014. We completed another great quarter. Google's revenue was $15.4 billion, up 19% year on year", said Larry Page, CEO of Google. "We got lots of product improvements done, especially on mobile. I'm also excited with progress on our emerging businesses."
Google.com says: We build products that we hope will make the web better—and therefore your experience on the web better. With products like Chrome and Android, we want to make it simpler and faster for people to do what they want to online. We’re also committed to the open web, so we’re involved in various projects to make it easier for developers to contribute to the online ecosystem and move the web forward.
Business valuation expert witness Ronald L. Seigneur, MBA CPA/ABV ASA CVA CFF, testified in the Lenawee County Circuit Court, MI, on the value of Adrian Steel stock. The Seigneur Gustafson LLP CPA was hired by dissident stockholders to appraise Adrian Steel stock after a forced sale in 2011. Three stockholders are disputing the price they were paid in 2011 and argue they lost $7.5M. Adrian Steel chairman Harley Westfall says the stock buyback was to realize his father’s dream of making the company private again.
Foster Farms was nearly shut down this fall because of a Salmonella outbreak traced to three facilities in the California Central Valley. The CDC reports that On October 7, 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service issued a public health alert due to concerns that illness caused by Salmonella Heidelberg is associated with chicken products produced by Foster Farms at three facilities in California.Salmonellosis is an infection with bacteria called Salmonella. Most persons infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection.