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Reposted from ndtv.com By Sameer Contractor | Jul 21, 2016

 

Iconic American motorcycle maker Indian Motorcycle has initiated a voluntary recall involving 18,637 bikes over a potential fire hazard caused due to an issue with the ignition system. The recall involves Indian's range-topping motorcycles including the Chief Classic, Dark Horse, Chieftain, Roadmaster, and Chief Vintage, which were manufactured between April 15, 2013, to June 16, 2015. The new Indian Springfield as well as entry-level Scout and Scout Sixty are not part of the recall.

From Out of the Abyss...

This week’s article from the past is titled Investigation of Wildland Fires and was written by George Berdan, Assistant Law Enforcement coordinator – California Division of Forestry.  It is taken from June, July, August Vol.  IX No. 1 issue of the CCAI newsletter.

Investigation of Wildland Fires

Description

The recall involves the 1,500 watt Patriot Power Generators. The generators were sold in black or dark blue with “Patriot Power Generator” printed on the right side of the unit. The recalled generators have serial numbers U14040001 through U14041092 and U14110001 through U14111092 printed on a sticker in the upper right hand corner of the rear panel of the unit. The generators measure about 18 inches long by 10 inches wide by 12 inches tall.

Details can be found at CPSC

Subrogation & Law Blog-Cozen & O'Connor Posted on July 12, 2010 by John R. Slattery

Subrogation professionals should be aware of a recent opinion in New York where computer fire modeling utilized by the defendant’s expert was held to be inadmissible.   In Santos v. State Farm Fire & Casualty Co., No. 000790/07 (N.Y.Sup. Ct. Jun. 28, 2010), a trial court held that the defendant had not presented sufficient evidence that computer fire modeling was generally accepted as reliable in the fire investigation community.

In the Matter of THE COMPLAINT OF WILLIAM and MYO SHEARS, owners of the M/V SHEAR JOY, Washington Registration No. WN6268JC for Exoneration from or Limitation of Liability.

Case No. C14-1296RSM.

United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle.

January 4, 2016.

ORDER GRANTING PETITIONERS' MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT.

RICARDO S. MARTINEZ, District Judge.

I. INTRODUCTION

This admiralty matter comes before the Court on Petitioners' Motion for Summary Judgment. Dkt. #33. Petitioners seek an Order finding that the claimants cannot meet their burden of proving that either negligence or unseaworthiness of the SHEAR JOY caused their damages. Id. Claimants Falvey Yacht Insurance, LLC, and Shelter Bay Marina (hereinafter "claimants") respond that they have evidence demonstrating issues of material fact that preclude summary judgment in favor of the Petitioners.[1] Dkt. #41. Having reviewed the record before it, and having determined that oral argument is not necessary, the Court now GRANTS Plaintiff's motion for the reasons set forth herein.

Abstract

This paper addresses the issues with fire investigation and presents a hypothesis to standardize the analysis of fire patterns.  The appropriate method of using fire patterns is to develop and implement into practice a decision support framework that will assist forensic fire invesgators in assessing the efficacy of fire burn patterns as reliable indicators of the area of fire origin.  This will be facilitated by the evaluation of visible and measurable fire patterns in the context of the fire environment wherein the pattern was developed.  Ultimately, the framework will incorporate easy to apply tools, including checklist type forms for use on scene, supported by a software-based system that can be run in the laboratory or office to help investigators connect key observational and measured data to increase the reliability of pattern interpretation.

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I will, as a fire investigator, regard myself as a member of an important and honorable profession.

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 I will avoid alliances with those whose goals are inconsistent with an honest and unbiased investigation.

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 I will always bear in mind that I am a truth-seeker; not a case maker. It is more important to protect the innocent than to convict the guilty.

 I will at all times remember the importance of honesty and integrity within my profession.

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