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Monthly Archives: July 2018

Federal Rule of Evidence 702 and Daubert

One cornerstone of the admissibility of expert testimony is whether it is reliable. A challenge to the admissibility of expert testimony is generally known as a Daubert challenge, after a United States Supreme Court case that set forth factors for a court to consider in determining whether an expert’s testimony is reliable.

Residential Gas Explosion

The defendant, who was known to do a lot of tinkering around the home and working on his own cars, was planning something and had removed the cap on the gas line of his home. Of particular significance, was the fact that the defendant had sent a message to a person he was communicating with on a local dating website, where he indicated he “smelled propane and had to go see what was going on” and that he “hoped he didn’t blow the place up”. Afterwards, the defendant’s home exploded. The explosion, and subsequent fire, killed the defendant and damaged the insured’s home. The insured’s home was damaged beyond repair and had to be torn down.

Product Recalls and Defects

If you are a property adjuster, you are familiar with losses caused by defective products. We are seeing a significant increase in property damage caused by water and fire as a direct result of a defective product. We are working with our clients to bundle these cases to increase the settlement value and decrease your… Read More »

Electronic Cigarettes a Potential Fire Hazard

While viewed as a healthy and safer alternative to tobacco smoking, the advent of e-cigarettes has created its own set of hazards. E-cigarettes use lithium-ion batteries to power a heating element, which vaporizes a liquid, resulting in the simulated “smoke” of a tobacco cigarette. The lithium-ion battery presents the biggest fire hazard while in use and while being charged.

Illinois Animal Control Act

Pets have a tendency to make their way into subrogation files. The inevitable question we ask is whether a cause of action to base recovery upon exists. In Illinois, the Illinois Animal Control Act supplements the general common law rule. The owner or keeper of an animal is liable for injuries caused by the animal… Read More »