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New Forensic Accounting Standards Adopted

The AICPA has adopted new standards for forensic series. The new standards which are effective January 1, 2020 provide that “… members should be prepared to justify departures from this statement.” These new standards codify “best practices” for litigation work. The AICPA statement for forensic services provides:   Statement on Standards for Forensic Services No…. read more

Psychiatric Expert Witness: Demonstrating Cognitive Impairment

By Steven Babitsky Esq. One of the challenges faced by expert witnesses and the lawyers who retain them is the ability to diagnose and demonstrate cognitive impairment/dysfunction. Often, it is not practical to order a full neuropsychological workup including neuropsychological testing. Counsel wants to demonstrate visually the cognitive problems that their client is experiencing. The… read more

Finite Element Analysis expert witness: making complex issues clear

Introduction Finite element analysis (FEA) is a technique which helps explain complex technical issues by displaying them in a format which is easy to understand. As such, it can be a potent tool in litigation.  In the illustration below, FEA was used to show stresses in a vehicle involved in a collision. The outline of… read more

Behavioral biometrics expert witness: identity from motion

Introduction A previous blog post Introduced the subject of biometric security, covering how identity is established using biological inputs such as fingerprints, palm veins, and features of the face, iris or retina. Both the technologies involved in biometrics and the governing legal frameworks are changing. Here we focus on the behavioral side of biometrics and… read more

Expert Witness Disqualified Due to Financial Interest in Outcome

The United States District Court, WD Virginia, dealt with a financial dispute in which a former CEO of a company, Stephens, was offered as an expert witness. The court disqualified Stephens as an expert witness due to his direct financial interest in the outcome of the case. The court stated: Defendants’ claim of Steffens’s bias… read more

Effective Expert Witness Behavior

Merrie Joe Pitera PhD, CEO of Litigation Insights recently spoke on how expert witnesses can deliver more effective and persuasive testimony. Here is an excerpt of her presentation Some other behaviors that can affect whether a witness is viewed as being untruthful, evasive or defensive are: Rapid blinking; Witness needs to buy some time to… read more

Breast Implant Expert Witness: Complications May Lead to Harm

By Gretchen Green, MD, MMS What is a breast implant? A breast implant is an implanted device used to augment existing breast tissue for cosmetic purposes or to reconstruct the breast after surgery such as mastectomy. Litigation from alleged harm due to breast implants is not new, but recently a new form of lymphoma thought… read more

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