Journal article merited better disclosure of affiliation w/competing group, not a lawsuit

Board of Forensic Document Examiners, Inc. v. American Bar Ass’n, — F.3d —-, 2019 WL 1930310, No. 18-2653 (7th Cir. May 1, 2019)The Board of Forensic Document Examiners is a non-profit organization that certifies forensic document examiners (currently about 12), who analyze and compare handwriting and provide expert testimony in judicial proceedings. Thomas Vastrick, a forensic document examiner certified by a different, much larger organization (the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners), wrote an article in The Judges’ Journal, a peer-reviewed scholarly journal published by the ABA. Vastrick’s article offered guidance for judges in evaluating the qualifications and credentials of handwriting experts. He urged judges to look for experts certified by the American Board and warned judges to “be wary of other certifying bodies.” His biography identified him as a “board certified forensic document examiner out of Orlando, Florida,…

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