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.  

Food Safety Expert Witnesses

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What topics may food safety expert witnesses write reports and testify on?  They may consult on food retailers, food manufacturers, food wholesalers, food labeling, and more. In the news, the Livingston Foster Farms plant, Merced County, CA, is open after a 10 day shutdown to work on sanitation measures. A USDA inspection found cockroach infestation. 

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.

Meteorological Experts & WMO Findings

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According to meteorological experts at the World Meteorological Organization, atmospheric carbon dioxide increased more quickly in 2012 than its average rise over the past decade. The presence of methane and nitrous oxide also broke records.  Due to this increase and to that of other gases,  WMO says the warming effect on our climate has increased by almost 33% since 1990.  Please note that the WMO's measurement relates to the atmosphere and not emissions on the ground.


Based in Geneva, The World Meteorological Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations.  It is the UN system's authoritative voice on the state and behavior of the Earth's atmosphere, its interaction with the oceans, the climate it produces and the resulting distribution of water resources.


Read more: http://www.wmo.int/pages/index_en.html

Automotive Electronics Expert Witnesses

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Automotive electronics expert witnesses may consult on the investigation, documentation, and analysis of vehicle incidents, vehicle crashes, vehicle fires, and mechanical failures. In the news, an Oklahoma City jury found Toyota Motor Corp responsible for faulty electronic systems causing sudden acceleration and resulting in the death of Camry passenger Barbara Schwarz and injuries to driver Jean Bookout.  Toyota is to pay $1.5M to Bookout and $1.5M to the family of Schwarz.  Before the jury could rule on punitive damages, District Judge Patricia G. Parrish announced that Toyota settled with the plaintiffs over the 2007 accident.

Traffic accident reconstruction expert witnesses may consult on vehicle collision time and distance analysis, collision dynamics, vehicular accidents, vehicular dynamics, speed analysis, and more.  In the news, five people were killed in Franklin County, PA, when an SUV crossed the center line and collided with two motorcycles.  The four motorcycle riders were killed as well as one person in the car.  Autopsies are scheduled for Monday.


Firearms expert witness David Voss testified regarding ammunition evidence in the death of 15 year old Nick Jackson. Voss is a Georgia Bureau of Investigation firearms scientist and described the match between bullets and the handgun linked to defendant Jason Dozier. Seven suspects are being tried in the Lawrenceville, GA, case.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is an independent agency that provides assistance to Georgia's criminal justice system in the areas of forensic laboratory services, criminal investigations, and computerized criminal justice information.

Insurance Expert Witnesses & Flood Insurance Rates

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Insurance expert witnesses may consult on risk management, insurance fraud, property insurance, insurance contracts, insurance disputes, and related matters.  Homeowners along US coastlines are preparing for substantial flood insurance rate hikes this year following the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of July 2012.

On September 23, 2013, the Federal Emergency Management Agency approved more than $1 billion in assistance to individuals and families in New York whose property was damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. With the National Flood Insurance Program $24B in the red, FEMA is phasing out phase out insurance subsidies for owners of homes  built in high-risk flood zones.

More info: http://www.fema.gov/


Voting Rights Expert Witness On CA Lawsuits

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Voting rights expert witness Professor Joseph Morgan Kousser has testified in numerous cases regarding the California Voting Rights Act.  In June, lawsuits were filed against the city of Santa Clarita, the Sulphur Springs School District, and the Santa Clarita Community College School District.  Dr. Kousser says these cases usually come down to racial polarized groups and he believes there are few remedies outside of districting.

Dr. Kousser is a professor of history and social sciences at the California Institute of Technology.

Personal Injury Expert Witnesses

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Personal injury expert witnesses may consult on injury causation analysis, injury mechanisms, human kinetics, and more.  Teen athlete Madison Harding has filed a personal injury claim against the United States Field Hockey Association after an injury at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Harding suffered a concussion and facial laceration during a hockey game in 2010. The lawsuit charges the USFHA with disregarding dangerous conditions on the hockey court which led to her injuries. Players and umpires were injured the first day of the tournament due to faulty flooring but the hockey association did not take action to rectify the problem.

Hospital Expert Witnesses

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Hospital expert witnesses may consult on identification of breach of standards of care in the operation of hospitals, physician credentialing, hospital and medical staff bylaws, hospital management, and more.  In 50 Things to Know About the Hospital Industry, Becker's Hospital Review writes:
Hospitals and health systems in the U.S. are undergoing a dramatic shift in their business models due to a number of forces that are expected to eventually turn the industry on its head — from providers concerned with the volume of services they provide, to providers who focus on offering high-value services that emphasize keeping populations healthy. For those unfamiliar with this shifting industry, or those who simply want to know more, here are 50 facts and statistics about the hospital industry in 2013.

Read the article: http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/hospital-management-administration/50-things-to-know-about-the-hospital-industry.html

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