Expert Strategies for Litigating, Settling and Managing the New Wave of

Asbestos Claims

Thursday, May 15, 2008

About

Between recent tort reforms in key jurisdictions and new theories of liability in asbestos litigation, the old rules no longer apply. Plaintiffs’ and defense counsel, as well as in-house counsel for insurers, reinsurers, property owners and other companies likely to face the new round of asbestos claims, must be prepared.

American Conference Institute’s 9th National Asbestos Claims publication provides you with the most-up-to-date knowledge, strategies, and expert advice that you need to:

  • Prepare for new theories of liability and new classes of defendants, including claims against manufacturers of products that do not contain asbestos and “take-home” premises liability exposure claims
  • Benefit from recent tort reforms and changing causation standards in key jurisdictions
  • Use the latest information from the medical frontier to your advantage
  • Resolve conflicts and improve communication among insurers, policyholders, and defense counsel
  • Understand the impact that bankruptcy trusts have on asbestos claims and analyze the viability of bankruptcy alternatives
  • Master discovery, jury selection, and trial strategies to build a winning case
  • Accurately assess and manage future liabilities

Contents & Contributors

About

Between recent tort reforms in key jurisdictions and new theories of liability in asbestos litigation, the old rules no longer apply. Plaintiffs’ and defense counsel, as well as in-house counsel for insurers, reinsurers, property owners and other companies likely to face the new round of asbestos claims, must be prepared.

American Conference Institute’s 9th National Asbestos Claims publication provides you with the most-up-to-date knowledge, strategies, and expert advice that you need to:

  • Prepare for new theories of liability and new classes of defendants, including claims against manufacturers of products that do not contain asbestos and “take-home” premises liability exposure claims
  • Benefit from recent tort reforms and changing causation standards in key jurisdictions
  • Use the latest information from the medical frontier to your advantage
  • Resolve conflicts and improve communication among insurers, policyholders, and defense counsel
  • Understand the impact that bankruptcy trusts have on asbestos claims and analyze the viability of bankruptcy alternatives
  • Master discovery, jury selection, and trial strategies to build a winning case
  • Accurately assess and manage future liabilities

Contents & Contributors

MARYLAND’S TWIST ON THE REGULATION OF FIRST-PARTY CLAIMS PRACTICES
Derek B. Yarmis, Funk & Bolton, P.A. (Baltimore, MD)

EVOLUTION OF THE STATE OF THE ART DEFENSE – JOHNSON V. AMERICAN STANDARD
Edward R. Hugo, Brydon Hugo & Parker (San Francisco, CA)

NEW THEORIES, NEW DEFENDANTS: PREPARING FOR CURRENT AND II EMERGING ASBESTOS CLAIMS
Mark A. Behrens, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP (Washington, DC)

COMPONENT PART LIABILITY
Paul C. Cook, Waters & Kraus, LLP (Los Angeles, CA)

CLAIMS MIGRATION: THE ALLURE OF THE SELECTED JURISDICTION
Michael L. Armitage, Waters & Kraus, LLP (Los Angeles, CA)

CONSIDERATIONS WHEN CONFRONTING ASBESTOS BANKRUPTCIES
Leslie A. Davis, Crowell & Moring (Washington, DC)
Robert M. Horkovich, Anderson Kill & Olick, P.C. (New York, NY)
Bret C. Cohen, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP (Washington, DC)

BENEFITING FROM EVOLVING CAUSATION STANDARDS
Tim Gray, Forman Perry Watkins Krutz & Tardy LLP

IMPROVING THE RELATIONSHIPS AMONG INSURERS, POLICYHOLDERS, AND DEFENSE COUNSEL
Michael Conley, Anderson Kill & Olick, P.C. (Philadelphia, PA)
John H. Kazanjian, Beveridge & Diamond P.C. (New York, NY)
Tancred V. Schiavoni, O’Melveny & Myers LLP (New York, NY)

MANAGING DISCOVERY DIFFICULTIES IN ASBESTOS LITIGATION
Michael L. Fox, Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold LLP (San Francisco, CA)

IMPROVING YOUR ODDS OF SUCCESS THROUGH CAREFUL JURY SELECTION & UNDERSTANDING OF JUROR PSYCHOLOGY
David B. Graeven, Trial Behavior Consulting, Inc. (San Francisco, CA)



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