THE BECK GROUP Services

Expert Witness Services

For over 20 years, The Beck Group has been providing expert witness services to both the private and government sectors. Based upon The Beck Group’s expertise and varied experiences in the forest products industry, the cases for which the company has provided litigation support have included:

  • Timber contract related claims and damages
  • Insurance related claims and settlements
  • Cases involving alleged monopolization of log and product markets
  • Damages related to illegal contract termination
  • A claim brought by representatives of an Employee Stock Ownership Plan against a wood products manufacturer
  • Claims by Tribal entities against the U.S. Government alleging failure to uphold trust responsibilities related to natural resources
  • A variety of cases assisting the U.S. Department of Justice for which the U.S. government was either the Plaintiff or Defendant.
  • Cases involving assignment of responsibility and liability for environmental clean-up related costs associated with historic operation of wood products businesses.

The Beck Group staff has worked with more than 300 forest products operations throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Russia, Central and South America, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. The wide variety of consulting assignments performed by Beck Staff members has allowed the company to gain broad industry experience and expertise. The company also completes many in-depth industry benchmarking studies for most wood products industry segments. This combination of industry experience and up to date actual industry performance information prepare Beck staff members for the completion of the tasks required by complex court cases involving timber and forest products related matters.

As a result of working on a variety of court cases (in terms of both size and type), BECK staff members have developed the expertise that legal work requires for completing necessary discovery, preparing expert witness reports, calculating damages and/or refuting damage claims prepared by the opposition, helping the legal team understand forest products related issues and terminology, preparing for and assisting in depositions – as well as testifying.

One of the reasons The Beck Group is frequently considered for expert witness related assistance is the company’s credibility within the industry and within the legal community. In addition, staff members have excellent communication capabilities (both written and oral), with the capacity to help a judge and/or jury understand complex matters through presentation of easy to understand charts, graphs and other visual aids and the use of layman terminology.

Cases for which The Beck Group has provided Expert Witness services in recent years include:

  • Expert Witness on Behalf of Defendant, Alaska Pulp Corporation v. United States of America, United States Court of Federal Claims (Testimony at Trial).
  • Expert Witness on Behalf of Defendant, Gerald A. Behling, et al. v. Robert E. Russell, et al., United States District Court for the District of Montana.
  • Expert Witness on Behalf of Defendant, Westwood Lumber Company, Inc. et al. v. Weyerhaeuser Company, United States District Court for the District of Oregon.
  • Expert Witness on Behalf of Defendant, Washington Alder LLC v. Weyerhaeuser Company, United States District Court for the District of Oregon (Testimony at Trial).
  • Expert Witness on Behalf of Defendant, Smith Street Mill, Inc. et al. v. Weyerhaeuser Company, United States District Court for the District of Oregon.
  • Expert Witness on Behalf of Plaintiff, Georgia-Pacific LLC v. Officemax Inc., Louisiana-Pacific Corporation, and City of Fort Bragg, United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
  • Expert Witness on Behalf of Plaintiff, The Yakama Nation et al. v. Salazar et al., United States Court of Federal Claims.
  • Expert Witness on Behalf of Defendant, Morelock Enterprises, Inc. v. Weyerhaeuser Company, United States District Court for the District of Oregon (Testimony at Trial).
  • Expert Witness on Behalf of Plaintiff, The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon v. United States of America, United States Court of Federal Claims (Testimony at ADR Proceedings).
  • Expert Witness on Behalf of Defendant, Croman Corporation v. United States of America, United States Court of Federal Claims.
  • Expert Witness on Behalf of Plaintiff, Northern Cheyenne Tribe v. United States of America, (Testimony at Settlement Discussion Meeting).
  • Expert Witness on Behalf of Plaintiff, Zip-O-Log Mills, Inc. v. United States of America, United States Court of Federal Claims.
  • Expert Witness on Behalf of Respondent, LYB Mechanical Timber Falling and Harvesting v. USDA Forest Service, Civilian Board of Contract Appeals.
  • Expert Witness on Behalf of Plaintiff, Sam Bickle Logging Inc. v. USDA Forest Service, Civilian Board of Contract Appeals.