Month: July 2019

Hartline Barger Attorney Vernon Hartline Granted Exclusion of Expert Testimony in Products Liability Case by U.S.D.C. for the Southern District of Texas

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas recently granted a Motion to Exclude Expert Testimony filed by Vernon Hartline on behalf of Volkswagen Group of America and Ducati North America. The case is a products liability case arising out of an accident involving a 2004 Ducati Monster 620 motorcycle in Houston, Texas. Ducati NA argued that the plaintiff’s expert, Byron Bloch, was unqualified and that his opinions were unreliable and not based on a sufficient scientific foundation. The court agreed, finding that the expert’s report was “speculative, conclusory, and fails to consider or disprove alternative causes.” The court granted an exclusionary order for the expert’s entire testimony. You can read the entire Exclusion Order here.

Hartline Barger LLP Opens New Offices in Santa Fe & Albuquerque, Adds New Partner, Don DeCandia

Hartline Barger LLP, a Texas-based civil litigation and trial firm, expanded its footprint in the southwestern United States today with the opening of offices in Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

The two New Mexico offices join Hartline Barger’s four existing Texas offices (Dallas, Houston, Corpus Christi and Waco), bolstering the firm’s presence and depth of services in the growing Southwest market.

We believe our expansion into New Mexico will provide substantial opportunities for our clients and for Hartline Barger,” said firm-wide managing partner, Larry Grayson.

With the addition of the two new offices, the firm is also pleased to announce the arrival of a new partner, Donald A. DeCandia. Don DeCandia comes to Hartline Barger from Modrall Sperling, bringing with him over 30 years of trial, litigation, and appellate experience in the areas of products liability, tort, personal injury, and ERISA litigation. He has litigated complex commercial cases and class actions and has a depth of experience in appellate work. Don has handled scores of products liability cases in the vehicle context, including the defense of several tire manufacturers in tire failure litigation. He has also represented building product and power tool manufacturers, and his practice includes insurance bad faith cases and premises liability matters. Many of his cases involve claims for wrongful death and serious personal injury. Don is a 1989 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin School of Law.

We’re excited to have Don join the Hartline Barger family,” added managing partner Larry Grayson. “He has the experience and quality of work our clients expect from Hartline Barger.

The Santa Fe office is located at 141 E. Palace Ave, Garden Level Suite #2, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501.

The Albuquerque office is located at 500 Marquette NW, Suite 770, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102.

About Hartline Barger
Hartline Barger LLP is a Texas-based law firm specializing in civil litigation and trials, with offices in Dallas, Houston, Corpus Christi, Waco, Albuquerque, and Santa Fe. The firm’s attorneys pride themselves on providing uncompromising excellence to their clients in a variety of areas, including products liability, commercial litigation, class action and multidistrict litigation, trucking & transportation, personal injury defense, premises liability, labor & employment, insurance defense, healthcare, construction, and dealer/franchise litigation. For more information about Hartline Barger, visit