Litigating,Settling & Managing

Asbestos Claims

Expert Strategies for Counseling and Defending Your Client in the New Class of Asbestos Claims

Thursday, June 21, 2007

About

Recent developments in the asbestos arena have triggered even more uncertainty for litigators and claims counsel. Some jurisdictions have seen dramatic tort reform initiatives and, therefore, dramatic shifts in receptiveness to various plaintiff and defense theories. In the face of these and other changes, even the most experienced and tested asbestos participants find it necessary to constantly hone their litigation and discovery skills; find new and creative ways to bring claims, defend claims and settle disputes.

Has asbestos fatigue caught up with the judicial system? Will states continue to act in the face of non-action by the federal government? How will such “patchwork” tort reform affect future and existing asbestos claims? Don’t be caught off guard by one of the most resilient and complex mass torts to enter the courthouse door. The publications from American Conference Institute’s Litigating, Settling and Managing Asbestos Claims conferences are known for their expert insight, sophisticated analysis and intimate networking opportunities. Be a part of this year’s event and stay on top of the latest issues, experts and science:

  • How will tort reform initiatives impact this litigation?
  • What tactics do leading asbestos judges consider effective in their courtrooms?
  • The best strategies for insurance companies involved in the major bankruptcies
  • What are successful theories and defenses to the claims against general contractors and property owners?
  • How have rulings on expert evidence admissibility and x-ray screening changed the litigation landscape?
  • What are the current evidentiary standards for medical experts?
  • Strategies for reducing the exposure to bad faith

Contents & Contributors

About

Recent developments in the asbestos arena have triggered even more uncertainty for litigators and claims counsel. Some jurisdictions have seen dramatic tort reform initiatives and, therefore, dramatic shifts in receptiveness to various plaintiff and defense theories. In the face of these and other changes, even the most experienced and tested asbestos participants find it necessary to constantly hone their litigation and discovery skills; find new and creative ways to bring claims, defend claims and settle disputes.

Has asbestos fatigue caught up with the judicial system? Will states continue to act in the face of non-action by the federal government? How will such “patchwork” tort reform affect future and existing asbestos claims? Don’t be caught off guard by one of the most resilient and complex mass torts to enter the courthouse door. The publications from American Conference Institute’s Litigating, Settling and Managing Asbestos Claims conferences are known for their expert insight, sophisticated analysis and intimate networking opportunities. Be a part of this year’s event and stay on top of the latest issues, experts and science:

  • How will tort reform initiatives impact this litigation?
  • What tactics do leading asbestos judges consider effective in their courtrooms?
  • The best strategies for insurance companies involved in the major bankruptcies
  • What are successful theories and defenses to the claims against general contractors and property owners?
  • How have rulings on expert evidence admissibility and x-ray screening changed the litigation landscape?
  • What are the current evidentiary standards for medical experts?
  • Strategies for reducing the exposure to bad faith

Contents & Contributors

HOW RECENT TORT REFORM INITIATIVES AND UPCOMING LEGISLATION WILL IMPACT ASBESTOS LITIGATION
R. Patrick White, Partner, Buckley King (Atlanta, GA)

CHANGING ASBESTOS LITIGATION SYSTEM
Patrick M. Hanlon, Partner, Goodwin Procter (Washington, DC)

DEVELOPING EFFECTIVE DEFENSES TO NEW AND EMERGING PLAINTIFF THEORIES
John Kazanjian, Partner, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. (New York, NY)

THE NEXT WAVE OF ASBESTOS CASES?
David Katzenstein, Partner and National Coordinating Counsel McGivney & Kluger PC (Florham Park, NJ)
Moshe Maimon, Partner, Levy Phillips & Konigsberg, L.L.P. (New York, NY)
Chuck McGivney, Partner, McGivney & Kluger PC (Florham Park, NJ)

THE LIABILITY OF GENERAL CONTRACTORS AND PROPERTY OWNERS UNDER THE NEW WAVE OF CLAIMS
Bruce Jones, Partner, Faegre & Benson L.L.P. (Minneapolis, MN)

GENERAL CONTRACTORS AND PROPERTY OWNERS UNDER THE NEW WAVE OF CLAIMS: INSURANCE AND INDEMNIFICATION ISSUES
Michael Conley, Partner, Anderson, Kill & Olick, PC (Philadelphia, PA)

ASBESTOS EXPOSURES: ASSESSING AND PREPARING FOR FUTURE LIABILITIES
Janet Kloenhamer, President, Discontinued Business Operations Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company (Novato, CA)
< Sandra C. Santomenno, ACAS, MAAA, Senior Consultant, Towers Perrin (New York, NY)
< Mark D. Plevin, Partner, Crowell & Moring (Washington, DC)

BANKRUPTCY: INSURANCE COMPANY RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS
Robert Horkovich, Partner, Anderson, Kill & Olick, PC (New York, NY)

CONTINUED FERMENT ON ASBESTOS COVERAGE ISSUES
Robert D. Goodman, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP (New York, NY)



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