The Second National Forum on

Welding Rod Litigation

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

Monday, June 20, 2005

About

With class actions awaiting certification in several states, hundreds of claims in MDL 1535 and new claims being filed regularly, welding rod litigation is a serious concern for the welding industry. And it should be, with estimates reflecting that there will be at least 35,000 cases filed against designers, distributors and sellers of welding equipment and industry associations. With scientists-even those within the government-disagreeing on safe levels of manganese exposure, doctors disagreeing on claimant diagnoses, and courts disagreeing on causation, these high-stakes cases are filled with quagmires for the unwary.

To ensure that you are well positioned and prepared to prove your case in this rapidly evolving arena, now is the time to get fully informed on the science, the medicine, and the most aggressive and winning legal strategies.

American Conference Institute has developed the Welding Rod Litigation publication to provide you with all the information you need to prevail in your next welding rod case-from the initial legal and medical evaluation to settlement or trial. This up-to-date publication is your chance to:

  • Gain perspective on applying the pollution exclusion in welding rod cases
  • Learn damage control and risk communication strategies for companies involved in welding rod litigation
  • Learn about the impact of welding rod litigation on the ratings of welding rod manufacturers
  • Get the critical tools you need to decide if and when to litigate your case
  • Contents & Contributors

    About

    With class actions awaiting certification in several states, hundreds of claims in MDL 1535 and new claims being filed regularly, welding rod litigation is a serious concern for the welding industry. And it should be, with estimates reflecting that there will be at least 35,000 cases filed against designers, distributors and sellers of welding equipment and industry associations. With scientists-even those within the government-disagreeing on safe levels of manganese exposure, doctors disagreeing on claimant diagnoses, and courts disagreeing on causation, these high-stakes cases are filled with quagmires for the unwary.

    To ensure that you are well positioned and prepared to prove your case in this rapidly evolving arena, now is the time to get fully informed on the science, the medicine, and the most aggressive and winning legal strategies.

    American Conference Institute has developed the Welding Rod Litigation publication to provide you with all the information you need to prevail in your next welding rod case-from the initial legal and medical evaluation to settlement or trial. This up-to-date publication is your chance to:

  • Gain perspective on applying the pollution exclusion in welding rod cases
  • Learn damage control and risk communication strategies for companies involved in welding rod litigation
  • Learn about the impact of welding rod litigation on the ratings of welding rod manufacturers
  • Get the critical tools you need to decide if and when to litigate your case
  • Contents & Contributors


    THERE IS SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE THAT PARKINSON'S DISEASE IS CAUSED BY WELDING FUMES
    Ronald Goldser, Zimmerman Reed, PLLP

    SURVEY OF WELDING ROD LITIGATION AROUND THE COUNTRY: THE LATEST RULES, DECISIONS AND SETTLEMENTS
    Thomas Freeman, Reed Smith LLP

    WELDERS' HEALTH RISKS & EPIDEMIOLOGY ISSUES
    David F. Goldsmith, The George Washington University

    WELDER STUDIES - WHAT HAVE THEY TOLD US?
    Annette Santamaria, PhD, MPH, DABT, Exponent, Inc.

    MANGANESE EXPOSURE DURING WELDING: DOSE RESPONSE THRESHOLDS AND EXPOSURE RECONSTRUCTION
    Brent Finley, ChemRisk

    DIAGNOSING AND PROVING MANGANESE EXPOSURE
    Mark A. Roberts, MD, PhD, Exponent, Inc.

    THE FORM OF MANGANESE
    Scott Voelz, O'Melveny & Myers LLP

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

    WELDING ROD LITIGATION
    Robert C. Herrick, Marsh Risk & Insurance Services

    WINNING LITIGATION STRATEGIES FOR WELDING FUME LITIGATION
    John R. Climaco, Climaco, Lefkowitz, Peca, Wilcox & Garofoli

    WINNING LITIGATION STRATEGIES FOR WELDING ROD CASES
    Philip E. Holladay, Jr., King & Spalding LLP



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