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Airmanship in the Age of Automation

TASA ID: 9740

On a cloudy morning, at a major US airport, a regional jet is cleared for the ILS approach.  The ceiling is reported at 600 feet, with visibility around five statute miles. As the plane turns final, a 30-knot tailwind pushes it faster than expected to the final approach segment, with the crew racing to descend.  Realizing the plane is still above glideslope, the first officer turns off the auto-pilot and dives to catch it.  The rate of descent increases as the plane passes 2,000 feet. It's not an everyday approach, but the beginning of an accident report - one that will never be written. 

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Defamation: The Stain That Can Never Be Removed

TASA ID: 2156

Defamation is a form of negative communications which is easy to apply but nearly impossible to completely remove. Defamation is defined as “the action of damaging the good reputation of someone.  Defamation results from some form of negative communications, whether written (libel) or verbal (slander).  Negative communications are extremely powerful and in, most instances, difficult to counter or overcome – mainly because of human nature and psychology.   When some person, business or entity is defamed, there are factors that come into play that generally are irreversible.

Negligence vs Gross Negligence

TASA ID: 4009

Joining a health/exercise center these days often includes signing some form of hold harmless agreement which absolves the center from acts of negligence.  If a member is injured and sues, then plaintiff has to show that the club had committed gross negligence. I recently worked as a plaintiff’s expert on such a case.  A health club member was injured when he attempted to mount an elliptical exercise machine which had been located too close to another. He was struck and injured by the moving part of the adjoining machine. 

Defamation Cases: Why an Expert Witness is Vital

TASA ID: 2156

Very few people that serve on juries – whether they are housewives, mechanics, sales clerks, etc. or financial planners, architects, rocket scientists, etc. have the knowledge, background or understanding of how defamation (or negative communications) works.  They understand that it is alleged that one person/entity communicated something bad about another that was untrue, derogatory or disparaging, thus harmful. 
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