Welding Rod Litigation

The Latest Developments - In-depth Scientific and Medical Information - Strategies for Plaintiff & Defense Litigators and Insurers

Monday, November 15, 2004

About

Last year's $1 million verdict in the Madison County, Illinois case of Elam v. A.O. Smith dramatically altered the mass tort litigation landscape by giving the plaintiffs' bar their first victory in the welding rod arena, leading defense attorneys to speculate whether welding will become the next asbestos. A number of related cases have been filed in individual states and cases have been consolidated in multidistrict litigation pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Given the Elam verdict, the pending MDL and state cases, and the contentious issue of medical causation, everyone involved in any way with welding rod litigation - including attorneys on both sides of the argument, insurers and their counsel - must have a complete and upto-the-minute understanding of the complex scientific and legal issues associated with this potentially costly claim.

This event brought together an eminent faculty of trial attorneys and experts who offered their critical insights and advice on:
What to expect next from the multidistrict litigation
Sources of manganese exposure
The latest on individual state court filings

and much more.

Contents & Contributors

About

Last year's $1 million verdict in the Madison County, Illinois case of Elam v. A.O. Smith dramatically altered the mass tort litigation landscape by giving the plaintiffs' bar their first victory in the welding rod arena, leading defense attorneys to speculate whether welding will become the next asbestos. A number of related cases have been filed in individual states and cases have been consolidated in multidistrict litigation pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Given the Elam verdict, the pending MDL and state cases, and the contentious issue of medical causation, everyone involved in any way with welding rod litigation - including attorneys on both sides of the argument, insurers and their counsel - must have a complete and upto-the-minute understanding of the complex scientific and legal issues associated with this potentially costly claim.

This event brought together an eminent faculty of trial attorneys and experts who offered their critical insights and advice on:
What to expect next from the multidistrict litigation
Sources of manganese exposure
The latest on individual state court filings

and much more.

Contents & Contributors

THE LATEST ON THE MULTI-DISTRICT LITIGATION
John H. Beisner, O'Melveny & Myers LLP

WELDING FUME LITIGATION ONE YEAR AFTER ELAM
Robert G. McCoy, Vaughan Cascino Law Offices

WELDING FUME LITIGATION ONE YEAR AFTER ELAM
Jeffrey S. Hebrank, Burroughs, Hepler, Broom, MacDonald, Hebrank & True

MANGANESE EXPOSURE DURING WELDING
Dr. Annette Santamaria, Exponent, Inc.

WELDING AND EPIDEMIOLOGY ISSUES
David F. Goldsmith, MSPH, PhD, The George Washington University

MONITORING OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ISSUES: SOCIETAL BENEFITS AND ORGANIZATIONAL RISKS IN THE CASE OF THE AMERICAN WELDING SOCIETY
Theodore Voorhees, Jr., Covington & Burling

MANGANESE EXPOSURES: UNDERSTANDING THE OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE AND EPIDEMIOLOGY
Mark A. Roberts, MD, PhD, FACOEM, Exponent, Inc.

SURVEY OF WELDING ROD LITIGATION AROUND THE COUNTRY
R. Patrick White, Buckley King LPA
Sean R. Thornton, Buckley King LPA

CRISIS MANAGEMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS
John Kyte, Burson-Marsteller

INSURANCE COVERAGE ISSUES
Michael J. Smith, Cozen O'Connor

ESTIMATING AND ANALYZING POTENTIAL LIABILITY COSTS
Faten Sabry, PhD, NERA Economic Consulting
Denise Martin, Ph.D., NERA Economic Consulting

FAILURE TO WARN: DECADES OF DECEPTION & CONCEALMENT EQUALS INDUSTRY LIABILITY
John R. Climaco, Climaco, Lefkowitz, Peca, Wilcox & Garofoli, LPA

ELEMENTS OF CONSPIRACY
Michael W. Ulmer, Watkins & Eager PLLC

EARLY CLAIMS EVALUATION AND ALTERNATIVES TO LITIGATION IN THE MASS TORT CONTEXT
Daniel E. Becnel, Jr., The Law Offices of Daniel E. Becnel, Jr.



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