ASBESTOS CLAIMS

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

About

The current asbestos strategies and techniques that you need to be prepared for NEW CLAIMS, NEW DEFENDANTS, and NEW JURISDICTIONS

Over the past 30 years, no area of toxic tort litigation has seen as much transition as asbestos litigation. The past year alone has been no exception. Recent court decisions have opened the gates to a new wave of litigation that is causing liability to shift to newer and more unlikely defendants. Additionally, with asbestos related bankruptcies continuing to present issues and the creation of more and more bankruptcy trusts, litigators are faced with the challenge of adapting to new rules and regulation. All of this coupled with the continuing impact of tort reform just beginning to take shape in certain jurisdictions, is leaving some practitioners to wonder what is next? In addition, insurers are seeing newer asbestos related claims and many in the insurance industry are struggling with how exactly to handle these matters both in the pre-litigation phase and during litigation.

There has never been a more important time to master how to litigate and manage asbestos claims, including a state-by-state analysis of how the courts are applying the law in key jurisdictions. At American Conference Institute’s 10th National Advanced Forum on Litigating and Managing Asbestos Claims, the asbestos industry from both sides of the aisle will convene to share their insight and winning strategies on these and other critical issues. With all of the recent changes you cannot afford to miss these critical updates and informative sessions on emerging issues in the asbestos arena. Through an exceptional faculty of in-house counsel, outside defense and plaintiff’s counsel, as well as six renowned jurists, this conference will provide even the most seasoned professionals with the most cutting edge comprehensive litigation review of the industry.

Do not miss the opportunity to network with asbestos claims experts and gain the most up-to-date information and strategies on how to get the most favorable result for your client. Featuring a panel of asbestos judges from jurisdictions around the country, no other conference allows you to interact and benchmark with the leaders in the industry while hearing the theories and approaches that are most effective.

Contents & Contributors

About

The current asbestos strategies and techniques that you need to be prepared for NEW CLAIMS, NEW DEFENDANTS, and NEW JURISDICTIONS

Over the past 30 years, no area of toxic tort litigation has seen as much transition as asbestos litigation. The past year alone has been no exception. Recent court decisions have opened the gates to a new wave of litigation that is causing liability to shift to newer and more unlikely defendants. Additionally, with asbestos related bankruptcies continuing to present issues and the creation of more and more bankruptcy trusts, litigators are faced with the challenge of adapting to new rules and regulation. All of this coupled with the continuing impact of tort reform just beginning to take shape in certain jurisdictions, is leaving some practitioners to wonder what is next? In addition, insurers are seeing newer asbestos related claims and many in the insurance industry are struggling with how exactly to handle these matters both in the pre-litigation phase and during litigation.

There has never been a more important time to master how to litigate and manage asbestos claims, including a state-by-state analysis of how the courts are applying the law in key jurisdictions. At American Conference Institute’s 10th National Advanced Forum on Litigating and Managing Asbestos Claims, the asbestos industry from both sides of the aisle will convene to share their insight and winning strategies on these and other critical issues. With all of the recent changes you cannot afford to miss these critical updates and informative sessions on emerging issues in the asbestos arena. Through an exceptional faculty of in-house counsel, outside defense and plaintiff’s counsel, as well as six renowned jurists, this conference will provide even the most seasoned professionals with the most cutting edge comprehensive litigation review of the industry.

Do not miss the opportunity to network with asbestos claims experts and gain the most up-to-date information and strategies on how to get the most favorable result for your client. Featuring a panel of asbestos judges from jurisdictions around the country, no other conference allows you to interact and benchmark with the leaders in the industry while hearing the theories and approaches that are most effective.

Contents & Contributors

Mid-Year Update: The Ever-Evolving Asbestos Litigation Landscape and Current Trends Setting the Future of Claims
Mark A. Behrens, Partner, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP (Washington, DC)

Examining the New Theories of Liability that Are Being Pursued and Tested and the Liability Shift to New Defendants and Back to Plaintiffs
Edward R. Hugo, Partner, Brydon Hugo & Parker (San Francisco, CA)
Michael L. Fox, Partner, Sedgwick Detert Moran & Arnold LLP (San Francisco, CA)

The Expert Witness and Causation Evidence: Preparing and Defending Daubert/Frye Challenges and Finding Qualified and Reliable Experts
James A. Varner, Partner, McNeer, Highland, McMunn and Varner L.C. (Clarksburg, WV)

Insurance and Claims Management: Determining Coverage, Providing Notice to Carriers, and Improving Relationships Among Insurers, Policyholders, and Defense Counsel
Robert M. Horkovich, Partner, Anderson Kill & Olick P.C. (New York, NY)

A Global View: What’s Happening Overseas and How It Will Affect Your Practice
John H. Kazanjian, Principal, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. (New York, NY)



DOCUMENT TYPES: PDF PPT DOC PRESENTATIONS AVAILABLE: 8

7:30
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30
Opening Remarks
Mr. Robert Horkovich
Shareholder
Anderson Kill & Olick‚ P.C.
Ms. Anne Kearse
Member
Motley & Rice LLC
8:45
Mid-Year Update: The Ever-Evolving Asbestos Litigation Landscape and Current Trends Setting the Future of Claims
- Mr. Mark Behrens
Partner
Shook Hardy & Bacon
1 file
What’s New in Asbestos Litigation?
289.7 KB 5 pages Presentation
PDF - What’s New in Asbestos Litigation?
-Mr. Craig R. Waksler‚ Esq.
Co-Managing Partner
McGivney & Kluger P.C.
10:00
Networking Coffee Break
10:15
Forum Selection‚ the Migration of Asbestos-Related Claims Into Newer Jurisdictions‚ and the Continuing Impact of Tort Reform in Key Jurisdictions
Mr. Steven A. Hart
Partner
Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney
11:30
Examining the New Theories of Liability that Are Being Pursued and Tested and the Liability Shift to New Defendants and Back to Plaintiffs
Mr. Edward Hugo
Partner
Brydon Hugo & Parker
1 file
Nolan Trial
0 bytes 5 pages White Paper
 - Nolan Trial
Mr. Michael L. Fox
Partner
Sedgwick LLP
2 files
"New” Theories of Liability
709 KB 20 pages Presentation
PPT -
Exposure
464.6 KB 5 pages White Paper
PDF - Exposure
Mr. Tancred Schiavoni
Partner
O'Melveny & Myers LLP
13:00
Networking Luncheon for Delegates and Speakers
14:00
The Increased Interplay Between Bankruptcy and Asbestos Claims and How to Maneuver Your Way Through the Bankruptcy Process
Ms. Leslie Davis
Partner
Crowell & Moring LLP
Mr. Gary Svirsky
Partner
O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Mr. Jacob Charles Cohn
Member
Cozen O'Connor
15:30
Afternoon Refreshment Break
15:45
The Expert Witness and Causation Evidence: Preparing and Defending Daubert/Frye Challenges and Finding Qualified and Reliable Experts
H. Lane Young‚ II
Partner
Hawkins & Parnell‚ LLP
Mr. James A. Varner
Partner
McNeer‚ Highland‚ McMunn and Varner
1 file
EXPERTS: A PRIMER FOR THE NEW PRACTITIONER; A REVIEW FOR OTHERS
112 KB 38 pages White Paper
DOC - EXPERTS: A PRIMER FOR THE NEW PRACTITIONER;  A REVIEW FOR OTHERS
Jason T. Shipp

Goldberg‚ Persky & White‚ P.C.
17:00
Mesothelioma Diagnosis: Pathology‚ Epidemiology and Compensation
Dr. Bruce Case, , M.D.
Associate Professor, Pathology
McGill University
18:00
Day One Concludes
7:30
Continental Breakfast
8:00
A View From the Bench: Judges Speak out on Successful Plaintiff Claims and Defense Strategies‚ Efficient Adjudication‚ Settlements‚ and More
The Honorable Mark Davidson
Asbestos Multidistrict Litigation Court
Harris County Civil Courthouse, Houston, Texas
The Honorable Helen E. Freedman
Supreme Court of New York Judge
New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division
-The Honorable Sandra Mazer Moss
Member of First Judicial District of Philadelphia
Phila. Ct. of Common Pleas
-Hon. Daniel J. Stack
Madision County Circuit Court Judge (Retired)
Madison County Circuit Court
Ms. Laraine Pacheco
Special Master - New york City Asbestos Docket
Law Offices of Laraine Pacheco
Mr. John Kazanjian
Partner
Beveridge & Diamond P.C.
9:50
Networking Coffee Break
10:00
Insurance and Claims Management: Determining Coverage‚ Providing Notice to Carriers‚ and Improving Relationships Among Insurers‚ Policyholders‚ and Defense Counsel
Mr. Robert Horkovich
Shareholder
Anderson Kill & Olick‚ P.C.
1 file
Insurance and Claims Management
203 KB 16 pages Presentation
PPT - Insurance and Claims Management
11:15
A Global View: What's Happening Overseas and How It Will Affect Your Practice
Mr. John Kazanjian
Partner
Beveridge & Diamond P.C.
2 files
A GLOBAL VIEW: WHAT'S HAPPENING OVERSEAS AND HOW IT WILL AFFECT YOUR PRACTICE
304 KB 19 pages Presentation
PPT - A GLOBAL VIEW: WHAT'S HAPPENING OVERSEAS AND HOW IT WILL AFFECT YOUR PRACTICE
ASBESTOS CLAIMS AND LITIGATION IN FOREIGN JURISDICTIONS
396.5 KB 5 pages Presentation
DOC -  ASBESTOS CLAIMS AND LITIGATION IN FOREIGN JURISDICTIONS
John E. Herrick
Member
Motley Rice LLC
1 file
A GLOBAL VIEW: WHAT'S HAPPENING OVERSEAS AND HOW IT WILL AFFECT YOUR PRACTICE
304 KB 19 pages Presentation
PPT - A GLOBAL VIEW: WHAT'S HAPPENING OVERSEAS AND HOW IT WILL AFFECT YOUR PRACTICE
12:00
Discovery: Reducing the Cost and Burdens of Overly Broad and Voluminous Requests to Avoid Coercive Settlements
Ms. Catharine Gillespie
Senior Counsel
DuPont Legal
Ms. Jeanne F. Loftis
Shareholder
Bullivant Houser Bailey P.C.
Joseph Satterley
Partner
13:15
Conference Ends