Analysis of an Elevator Door Interlocking Mechanism
11/99 - 5/02

In the case of Kathy Brown, et al. v. DeGaulle Manor, Ltd., et al., in Civil District Court, Parish of Orleans,State of Louisiana, case numbers 99-18552, c/w 99-19006, c/w 99-19398, Division “A”.retained by the defendant’s attorney:

Weiss & Eason LLP
1515 Poydras ST, Suite 1100
New Orleans, LA 70112

Service Provided: Examining the safety locking mechanism on an elevator door that had been defeated, allowing children access to the elevator shaft. Determining that the mechanism was of sound design and satisfied the applicable safety codes and standards.

Disposition: Dr. Larson was tendered, and accepted by the court, as an expert in “mechanical engineering” and testified before the judge and jury.

 

Human Factors Analysis of Moving Dredging Pipe
 12/00 - 1/01

In the case of Gloria Kinler Orgeron, wife of/and Gary Orgeron v. Maintenance Dredging, Inc., et al. v. DeGaulle Manor, Ltd., et al., 40th Judicial District Court of the State of Louisiana, case number 38639,

Division “B”.
retained by the plaintiff’s attorney:

Bowes & Marrero, LLP
401 Whitney AVE, Suite 303
Gretna, LA 70056

Service Provided: Calculating the force needed to move large pieces of pipe in a specified manner and compared this to ergonomic data to assess the likelihood that the plaintiff moved a piece of pipe in the manner he asserted.

Disposition: Dr.Larson was tendered, and accepted by the court, as an expert in “mechanical engineering, including the mechanics of human maneuverability and ergonomics.” Dr. Larson's deposition testimony was submitted, by joint stipulation of the parties, to the court as a rebuttal witness for the plaintiff in lieu of live testimony.

 

Analysis of the Safety and Design of a Medical Supply Cart
3/03-8/03

In the case of Deborah Anderson v. International Industries, et al. in Civil District Court, State of Louisiana, case number 95-7645, Division “J” retained by the plaintiff’s attorney:

Weiss & Eason LLP
1515 Poydras ST, Suite 1100
New Orleans, LA 70112

Service Provided: Analyzing the design and safety of a particular type of cart used in hospitals to transport supplies. Specifically, Dr. Larson determined that the design of the wheels were not suitable for the typically high center of gravity of a loaded cart. Dr. Larson wrote his findings in a report.

Disposition: The case settled prior to a trial.


Analysis of the Safety and Performance of a Streetcar
10/02-8/03

In the case of Schweitzer, et al. v. Transit Management of Southeast Louisiana, Inc., et al. in Civil District Court, State of Louisiana, case numbers 98-4827 and 98-5077, Division “M”
retained by the defendant’s attorney:

Stanley & Flanagan, LLC
909 Poydras ST, Suite 2630 New Orleans, LA 70112

Service Provided: Analyzing the design and safety of a New Orleans streetcar. Specifically Dr. Larson determined reasonableness of the lateral forces experienced by passengers. The findings were put into a report.

Disposition: Dr. Larson was able to rebut the findings of the plaintiff’s expert and definitively show that the forces exerted on riders was well within limits of good ergonomic design practice. The case went to trial without either side’s expert being called to testify in court.

 

Machine Design and Safety Analysis of Pipe Cleaning Equipment
3/02 - 5/02

In the case of Vercher v. Intracoastal Tubular Services, Inc., et al., in Civil District Court, State of Louisiana, case number 95-15159, Division “M”. Retained by the defendant’s attorney:

Spyridon, Koch & Palermo, LLC
Three Lakeway Center, Suite 3010
3838 N. Causeway BLVD
Metairie, LA 70002

Service Provided: Analyzing the safety of a device used in the oil and gas industry to clean sections of pipe for re-use.

Disposition: Dr. Larson gave deposition testimony that the device in question was designed well and provided adequate safety features to protect the operator from harm.

 

Design Analysis of a High-Pressure Pump on a Barge
3/03 - 8/05

Retained by the defendant’s attorney:

Courtenay, Hunter & Fontana, LLP
Texaco Center, Suite 1540
400 Poydras ST
New Orleans, LA 70130-3245

Service Provided: Analyzing the design, performance and condition of a high pressure pump and hose used to clean barges. The findings were written into a report.

Disposition: Dr. Larson determined that the system operated properly and was free from defects. The case, which unfortunately dealt with the death of two workers, was heard by the U.S. Federal Court in the Eastern District of Louisiana and was appealed to the 5th Circuit, which both found in favor of the defendant. The case hinged on precedent of maritime law; the performance of the equipment was not a factor.

 

Design Analysis of a Door Closing Mechanism
1/99 - 5/99

Retained by the defendant’s attorney:

McCloskey, Langenstein & Stoller
1250 Poydras ST, Suite 400
New Orleans, LA 70113-1812

Service Provided: Analyzing the design and performance of a pneumatic closing mechanism alleged to have caused a door to injure the plaintiff. Dr. Larson also verified compliance with applicable codes and standards. The findings were written in a report.

Disposition: Dr. Larson determined that the mechanism was designed properly and was free from defects. He also showed that the forces exerted by the door were well within limits of good ergonomic design practice. The case settled without a trial.

 

Design and Failure Analysis of an Industrial Processing Machine
1/95 - 12/96

Retained by the defendant’s attorney:

Stone, Pigman Counsellors at Law
546 Carondelet ST
New Orleans, LA 70130-3588

Service Provided: Performing analytical and experimental failure analysis of a conveyor belt system. The defendant received a demand for compensatory payments and a threat of a lawsuit from a company alleging losses resulting from a failure of the system to perform properly as a component of a large cheese processing machine located in New Zealand.

Disposition: Dr. Larson determined that the actual cause of failure was a design flaw in a different part of the machine, built by a third party, which damaged the defendant’s product. Dr. Larson traveled to Copenhagen and presented his report to executives and lawyers of the threatening European company. As a direct result, that company decided not to pursue litigation and the statute of limitations expired.

 

The Business Litigation Group, P.C., in representing Balsam Brands, Inc:


In The United States District Court Nothern District of California San Francisco Division
Balsam Brands INC. and Balsam International Limited, Plaintiff, v. Cinmar, LLC d/b/a Frontgate, Grandin Road, and Frontgate Marketing, INC, Defendants.

Case No. 15-cv-04829-WHO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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