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Digitize Your Litigation Consulting: It’s Easier than You Think

Using software to digitize your litigation consulting practice How well does your current document management system measure up? Learn more about the latest trends and techniques in using electronic data storage and how accountants are uniquely positioned to transition into the use of this technology in their litigation consulting engagements. ...

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Providing Effective Litigation Services (Part 4 of 4)

Practice techniques used to serve as an effective expert witness In this final part of Mark Shirley’s litigation services series, the focus turns to practical tips for new and experienced expert witnesses. These include what to consider before engaging, how to organize the file, the need to understand the vernacular and preparation, as well as the need to understand the discovery process. Impressions are al ...

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Florida Adopts Daubert

On June 4, 2013, Florida Governor, Rick Scott signed HB 7015, joining the Federal Courts and other jurisdictions in adopting the Daubert test for admission of expert testimony. Just weeks ago, Florida followed the Frye Standard which allowed experts to testify if their expertise was ‚Äúgenerally accepted‚ÄĚ in the field in which it belongs. Many had felt that is allowed ‚Äúphony science‚ÄĚ or strange testimony from ...

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Providing Effective Litigation Services (Part 3 of 4)

An overview of the Federal Rules of Evidence, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and leading pre- and post-Daubert cases In this third part of a four-part series, the focus turns to the rules of evidence and standards used to admit the testimony of expert witnesses. While a minority of jurisdictions follows the Frye standard, the majority has adopted the Daubert standard. Objective testimony is critical, whic ...

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Providing Effective Litigation Services (Part 2 of 4)

Professional accounting valuation accrediting standards for effective litigation In this second part of his four-part series, Mark Shirley, CPA/ABV, CVA, MAFF, CFE, focuses on complicated professional standards. Here, the article examines AICPA’s Code of Professional Conduct and Statement on Standards for Consulting Services (SSCS), which sets forth the scope and limitations of  practice. While the AICPA ha ...

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Providing Effective Litigation Services (Part 1 of 4)

Procedural phases in litigation: the role of the expert from drafting of the complaint through trial In this first part of a four-part series titled ‚ÄúProviding Effective Litigation Services‚ÄĚ Mark Shirley, CPA/ABV, CVA, MAFF, CFE presents an overview of the phases in a civil case, from filing of the complaint through trial.¬† An effective expert is a professional that understands the procedure, rules, his or ...

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Fairness Opinions: Sometimes the Best Defense is a Good Offense

What is Considered Good Business Sense Today May Be Considered a Breach of Fiduciary Duty Tomorrow. Pay Special Attention to Fairness Opinions. Are your clients risking liability as they complete their daily tasks? What is considered good business sense today may be considered a breach of fiduciary duty tomorrow. That possibility is increasing. Business appraisers should pay special attention to fairness op ...

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Who Said What to Whom and Who Gets to Know About It?

There‚Äôs an Important ‚ÄúCrime-Fraud Exception‚ÄĚ to Attorney Privilege Experts Need to Be Aware of. Here are Some Key Legal Guidelines to What Is and Isn‚Äôt Legally Protected Communication When experts counsel business owners and represent them legally, what is the legitimate scope and possible limits of attorney-client privilege?¬† Jim Hitchner reviews the findings of a key 2009 decision by The New York Supreme ...

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Did Your Expert Use Correlation Analysis?

Businesses Incur Expenses In Order to Generate Sales. Understanding How These Different Variables Relate to Each Other is Important. Here are Some Tips. Often experts present opinions based on statistical analysis. It helps to understand some basic statistical tools.  Dave Sutherland discusses some tools used to test for relationships that may exist among data sets, such as sales, marketing, cost of goods s ...

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Has Governmental Anti-Kickback Statute Enforcement Kicked Back Royalty Rates?

Royalty Rates in the Life Sciences are Under Increased Scrutiny. But Has That Caused Rates to Decline? Several medical manufacturers were accused of violating federal kickback statutes. Federal enforcement prompted many companies in the industry to review and revise the terms under which they collaborate with and pay healthcare professionals for contributions of time, know-how, and intellectual property. Ed ...

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Wills, Trusts, & Estates Law ‚ÄĒ Top Downloads: Premarital Agreements, Posthumous Conception, and “Occupy the Tax Code: Using the Income Tax to Reduce Inequity”

SSRN Journal of Wills, Trusts, & Estates Law ‚ÄĒ Top 10 Papers Downloaded Nov-January Include Pieces on Valuation Discounting, Tax-Deductible Conservation Easements, ¬†and More The Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog reports¬†¬†the top downloads from November 21, 2012 to January 20, 2013 from the SSRN Journal of Wills, Trusts, & Estates Law for all papers announced in the last 60 days. ¬†Here are the to ...

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Afraid of Being Sued? 4 Ways to Keep Lawyers at Bay ‚ÄĒInc.com

Here are four surprising ways to protect yourself in a law suit and keep legal fees to a minimum. Kevin Daum at Inc. advises:  "Shakespeare said, "First kill all the lawyers." Maybe this seems a tad aggressive, but then again, for most people the last thing you look forward to is someone showing up at your door with a subpoena. Whether a lawsuit is business related or personal, the thought of engaging an at ...

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Jury Awards $1.17 Billion in Patent Suit ‚ÄĒNYT

Marvell Technology Group Sold Billions of Semiconductors Developed at Carnegie Mellon University  Jad Mouawad reports in the New York Times that Carnegie Mellon University said it was awarded $1.17 billion by a federal jury in Pittsburgh on Wednesday in a unanimous verdict that found the Marvell Technology Group had sold billions of semiconductors using technology developed at the university without a licen ...

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Navigating Litigation Reporting Standards

There’s a Maze of Standards Out There. Here’s a Guide to Key Provisions in The Most Important Ones *AUTHORS NOTE* This article was written in May 2010.  In December 2010, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, section 26(a)2(b) were updated such that drafts and attorney communications are now specifically recognized as work product and not discoverable.  The exception to this is correspondence as it relates ...

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Digging the Hole Deeper

What Happens When a Business is In Over Its Head and Who is to Blame? When firms approach bankruptcy, a definition of what constitutes ‚Äúdeepening insolvency‚ÄĚ becomes critical in establishing the legitimacy of litigation concerning damages, breach of fiduciary duty, and more. Michael J. Molder explains context, consequences, and case law on the matter. ...

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