Civil Litigation

What is the purpose of a deposition, what happens during a deposition, and what to expect if you're being deposed.

What are issue preclusion (collateral estoppel) and claim preclusion (res judicata), and how do they operate to prevent litigation and relitigation of claims.

Information about the courtroom use of forensic computer animation, whether as an exhibit or demonstative aid, or as a reconstruction of an event or as opinion evidence.

What is an injunction and when may you seek one against another person or business.

How automobile event data recorder (EDR) data has been used in court, and how data from such an "automobile black box" may potentially be misleading.

What is discovery, what forms of discovery are available, and how to conduct discovery to obtain information from an opposing party.

How to determine if a lawyer you consult is the right one for your case, and how to negotiate a fee agreement.

Explaining statutes of repose and how they differ from statutes of limitation.

What it means for a court to enter a ruling that disposes of a case, and the importance of the date of disposition.

An introduction to forensic entomology, its uses and limitations.

What are the signs of an accidental versus intentionally set vehicle fire.

Describing the effects of material selection, design, process and service condition on plastic parts.

What is involved in starting a personal injury lawsuit, how do you identify defendants and causes of action, and what happens after you file your case in court.

What is a confidential settlement, why would a plaintiff or defendant choose to enter into a confidential settlement, and what are the risks for the plaintiff.

When is it appropriate to try to settle your own case without the help of a lawyer, and when to get help from a lawyer.

What is a release agreement for a personal injury claim, and what are the consequences of signing a release agreement.

What options are available to a party to a lawsuit who is not happy with the outcome of the litigation, or with the remedies or the amount of damages awarded by court.

What is an expert witness opinion and what are the rules for admitting expert testimony at trial.

What are class action lawsuits, how do they work, what should you do if you get a notice that you're in a class action, and what to do if you don't want to join.

What are the normal procedures for a personal injury trial, including jury selection, testimony, argument, instructions to the jury, and verdict.

An introduction to computer forensics.

Outlining a model procedure for recovering evidence from a computer hard drive.

Considerations for admitting or challenging forensic computer animation.

The process of finding evidence found in computers and digital storage media.

Tactics for admitting or challenging forensic animation.

Describing how search technology can be made more intelligent to facilitate the location of desired information.

Discussing the forensic examiner's goals when examining computer data.

Use of NFPA 921 and failure analysis for fire investigations.

Distinguishing vehicle arson cases from accidental fires.

Describing common misconceptions about fire behavior and fire science.

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