This past Friday, the Texas Supreme Court issued its opinion in Gharda USA, Inc. and Gharda Chemicals, Ltd. v. Control Solutions, Inc., United Phosphorus, Inc., and Mark Boyd; a case that will provide defendants with additional ammunition to attack subrogation claims involving fire losses.
The Gharda case involves a warehouse fire with a complex causation theory involving testimony from several experts, including two fire investigators, two chemists, and an electrical engineer. The fire investigators based their opinions on the opinions of the two chemists.
This recall involves Kaldi’s Coffee disposable paper cup sleeves used with 12- and 16-ounce paper cups. The black paper cup sleeves have the “Kaldi’s Coffee” and the company logo printed on the front, and “100% Recycled Paperboard” printed on the back.
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What is an E-Cigarette?
The e-cigarette, also called a personal vaporizer (PV) or electronic nicotine delivery system, is a battery-powered device that simulates tobacco smoking by producing a heated vapor, which resembles smoke. These devices have become very popular as an alternative to smoking, including among a growing number of individuals who have never been smokers but who enjoy the many flavors and/or the experience of using e-cigarettes.
by Thomas P. Shefchick
Forensic electrical engineering is the practicalapplication of electrical engineering knowledge tolegal questions about electrical phenomena. Practicalelectrical engineering knowledge is obtained fromexperience in designing, installing, maintainingand repairing electrical devices, appliances, andequipment. Reports, demonstrations, depositions,and court testimony are used to explain electricalphenomena to insurers, attorneys, arbitrators, judges,and juries. The area of practice extends from softwarefor computers to the generation and distributionof electrical power, which might be controlled bysoftware, and to consumer products.The electrical engineer explains how the electricalsoftware, equipment, or device functions normallyand why it malfunctioned, violated a copyright, orfailed in this instance causing damage, financial loss,injury, or death. In some instances, the electricalengineer might be retained by a client to verify thatelectricity was not involved with the cause of afire, damage, or injury. Quite frequently, electricalengineers must use mechanical, thermodynamic, andoptical knowledge to answer questions since thegeneration, distribution, and utilization of electricalpower involves mechanical components, which canproduce heat and light.
In the new issue of NFPA Journal®, President Jim Shannon said the Association will focus on the leading causes of home fires, including cooking. "We also need to continue to push hard for home fire sprinklers. That's still a large priority for NFPA, and we plan to work very aggressively in 2014 on our residential sprinkler initiative," he said.
NFPA 921, Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations plays a fundamental role in fire and explosion investigations. A new edition of NFPA 921 is scheduled to be published in 2014. For years, this document has played a critical role in the training, education and job performance of fire and explosion investigators. It also serves as one of the primary references used by the National Fire Academy to support its fire/arson-related training and education programs. It is imperative that investigators understand the scope, purpose and application of this document, especially since it will be used to judge the quality and thoroughness of their investigations.
The California Conference of Arson Investigators is the oldest and the most active fire and arson investigator's association in the country, with over 1,100 members. CCAI is the only organization that transcends the gap between the public (fire service, law enforcement) and private (i.e. insurance adjusters, private investigators, etc.) sectors. Created in 1954, and incorporated under the laws of the State of California in 1960 as a non-profit corporation, it serves the professional needs of men and women engaged in all aspects of fire and arson investigation. CCAI is Chapter #22 of the International Association of Arson Investigators.
CCAI conducts semi-annual training seminars, using the finest instructors from across the country. The most up to date technical information on fire, fraud, and arson investigation is provided to hundreds of participants. All aspects of fire/arson investigation are covered in training provided to public and private sectors.
CCAI provides regional Roundtable meetings at locations throughout the State of California. The Round Table meetings are the backbone of the organization. Attendees are presented with programs of special interest at these meetings. One of the many benefits of of attending these meetings is the ability to network with local public and private fire investigators to discuss recent fire trends and individual fire cases.
CCAI is proud to be involved in the advancement of fire and arson investigation. Through education and training, CCAI has proven the true value of a professional organization. Through an extremely active membership, this non profit organization has brought together various divergent segments of a diversified profession, and helped to make fire and arson training in California the best and most coordinated, professional training in the nation.
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