American Conference Institute’s 3rd National Forum on

Food-Borne Illness Litigation

Advanced Strategies for Assessing, Managing & Defending Food Contamination Claims

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

About

A sharp rise in outbreaks and food-borne illness litigation – and the complexity of claims….

Attend this conference to benchmark your ability to assess, manage, and defend against the rising tide of lawsuits against food companies

In 2009, the CDC reported that the rate of food-borne illness is not slowing down. Salmonella and E. coli were as common this past year as they were in 2004. While the U.S. food supply remains one of the safest in the world, over the past year the incidents of outbreaks have been in the headlines at an increasingly alarming rate. It is no longer just beef recalls any more. Recent outbreaks have impacted peanut butter, alfalfa sprouts, peppers, tomatoes, and spinach among others and have also led to significant financial devastation to food companies.

As an immediate byproduct of the outbreaks there has been a wave of new litigation, some of which has even resulted in possible criminal indictments for some in the food manufacturing industry. American Conference Institute’s 3rd National Forum on Food-Borne Illness Litigation will show you how to assess, manage and defend against the rising tide of food-related litigation. Through an expert faculty of in-house counsel from food and trade associations, including Chiquita, Grocery Manufacturers Association, Hormel, National Meat Association, Sara Lee, Supervalu, XL Insurance and YUM!; government regulators and key litigators from both sides of the aisle, this conference will provide even the most seasoned professionals with the most cutting edge comprehensive review of today’s paramount food contamination issues facing the food distribution and manufacturing industry.

You cannot miss out on this unique opportunity to gain highly-specialized, up-to-the-minute information. Featuring an interactive panel of government regulators, no other conference allows you to benchmark with the leaders in the industry who shape the future of food-borne illness policy and litigation.

Contents & Contributors

About

A sharp rise in outbreaks and food-borne illness litigation – and the complexity of claims….

Attend this conference to benchmark your ability to assess, manage, and defend against the rising tide of lawsuits against food companies

In 2009, the CDC reported that the rate of food-borne illness is not slowing down. Salmonella and E. coli were as common this past year as they were in 2004. While the U.S. food supply remains one of the safest in the world, over the past year the incidents of outbreaks have been in the headlines at an increasingly alarming rate. It is no longer just beef recalls any more. Recent outbreaks have impacted peanut butter, alfalfa sprouts, peppers, tomatoes, and spinach among others and have also led to significant financial devastation to food companies.

As an immediate byproduct of the outbreaks there has been a wave of new litigation, some of which has even resulted in possible criminal indictments for some in the food manufacturing industry. American Conference Institute’s 3rd National Forum on Food-Borne Illness Litigation will show you how to assess, manage and defend against the rising tide of food-related litigation. Through an expert faculty of in-house counsel from food and trade associations, including Chiquita, Grocery Manufacturers Association, Hormel, National Meat Association, Sara Lee, Supervalu, XL Insurance and YUM!; government regulators and key litigators from both sides of the aisle, this conference will provide even the most seasoned professionals with the most cutting edge comprehensive review of today’s paramount food contamination issues facing the food distribution and manufacturing industry.

You cannot miss out on this unique opportunity to gain highly-specialized, up-to-the-minute information. Featuring an interactive panel of government regulators, no other conference allows you to benchmark with the leaders in the industry who shape the future of food-borne illness policy and litigation.

Contents & Contributors

Emerging Trends in Food Safety Litigation: New Risks, Recent Developments and What to Expect in the Year Ahead
William Marler, Partner, Marler Clark, LLP PS (Seattle, WA)
Alan Maxwell, Partner, Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial LLC (Atlanta, GA)

In-House Counsel Think Tank: Best Practices on Managing Food-Borne Illness Litigation
Don Becker, Managing Attorney, Insured Litigation, YUM! Brands, Inc. (Louisville, KY)
Kendra Clark, Corporate Counsel, Chiquita Brands International/Fresh Express Incorporated (Salinas, CA)
Lori J. Marco, Counsel, Hormel Foods Corporation (Austin, MN)
Kim Myrdahl, Supervalu, Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN)
Moderator: Kenneth M. Odza, Partner, Stoel Rives LLP (Seattle, WA)

Crisis Management and Recall Planning: How to Protect Your Company in the Event of a Food-Borne Illness Outbreak
David Herman, Senior Counsel, Grocery Manufacturers Association, (Washington, DC)
Fred Degnan, Partner, King & Spalding (Washington, DC)

Federal v. State: The Interplay Between Federal and State Food Safety Regulations and How to Harmonize Your Company's Policies with the Varying Regs to Avoid Conflict
Paul E. Benson, Partner, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP (Milwaukee, WI)

Who Pays What? Apportioning Liability Throughout the Supply Chain
Paul L. Kassirer, Partner, Lester Schwab Katz & Dwyer, LLP (New York, NY)

The Food Safety Regulators Speak: The Latest on New Policies and Investigative Priorities of Government Regulators and Agencies - and How They will Impact Litigation Going Forward
Daniel Engeljohn, Ph.D., Deputy Assistant Administrator for Policy, Program and Employee Development, Food Safety Inspection Service, USDA (Washington, DC)
Arthur P. Liang, MD, MPH, Director, Food Safety Office, Center for Disease Control (Atlanta, GA)

Assessing Causal Link and Disproving Liability In an Era of Improved National Surveillance, Increased Outbreaks, Enhanced Media/Public Scrutiny, and a Growing Number of Claims
Shawn Stevens, Partner, Gass Weber Mullins (Milwaukee, WI)
Brad Sullivan, Managing Attorney, Lombardo & Gilles (Salinas, CA)

Long-Term Health Problems Associated with Food-Borne Illness and How They Shape the Handling of Your Case From Start to Finish
Sarah Brew, Partner, Halleland Lewis Nilan & Johnson, PA (Minneapolis, MN)
David A. Ernst, Shareholder, Bullivant Houser Bailey PC (Portland, OR)

Global Food Safety: Factoring in New Threats Associated With Foreign Food Product Imports
Jeremy Russell, Director of Communications and Government Relations, National Meat Association (Oakland, CA)
Paul B. La Scala, Partner, Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP (Washington, DC)



DOCUMENT TYPES: PPT PPTX PDF ZIP PRESENTATIONS AVAILABLE: 12

8:00
Conference Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00
Co-Chair's Opening Remarks
Alan Maxwell
Partner
Weinberg‚ Wheeler‚ Hudgins‚ Gunn & Dial‚ LLC
William Marler
Managing Partner
Marler Clark LLP
9:15
Emerging Trends in Food Safety Litigation: New Risks‚ Recent Developments and What to Expect in the Year Ahead
William Marler
Managing Partner
Marler Clark LLP
1 file
New Risks
7 MB 24 pages Presentation
PPT - New Risks
Alan Maxwell
Partner
Weinberg‚ Wheeler‚ Hudgins‚ Gunn & Dial‚ LLC
1 file
New Risks
7 MB 24 pages Presentation
PPT - New Risks
10:15
Morning Coffee Break
10:30
In-House Counsel Think Tank: Best Practices on Managing Food-Borne Illness Litigation
Mr. Donald R. Becker
Division Counsel
Yum! Brands‚ Inc.
Ms. Kendra Lee Clark
Assistant General Counsel
Chiquita Brands International
Ms. Lori J. Marco
Counsel
Hormel Foods Corporation
Ms. Kim J. Myrdahl
Director of Litigation
Supervalu‚ Inc.
Mr. Kenneth M. Odza
Partner
Stoel Rives LLP
1 file
In-House Counsel Think Tank: Best Practices on Managing Food-Borne Illness Litigation
328.6 KB 9 pages Presentation
PPTX - In-House Counsel Think Tank: Best Practices on Managing Food-Borne Illness Litigation
12:00
Networking Luncheon
13:15
Crisis Management and Recall Planning: How to Protect Your Company in the Event of a Food-Borne Illness Outbreak
Mr. David P. Herman
Partner
Murray‚ Morin & Herman‚ P.A.
1 file
Crisis Management and Recall Planning: How to Protect Your Company in the Event of a Foodborne Illness Outbreak
375.5 KB 31 pages Presentation
PPT - Crisis Management and Recall Planning:How to Protect Your Company in the Event of a Foodborne Illness Outbreak
Mr. Frederick H. Degnan
Partner
King & Spalding LLP
1 file
The Changing Dynamics of Food Safety “Voluntary” Recalls Today
203.5 KB 40 pages Presentation
PPT - The Changing Dynamicsof Food Safety “Voluntary”Recalls Today
14:30
Federal v. State: The Interplay Between Federal and State Food Safety Regulations and How to Harmonize Your Company's Policies with the Varying Regs to Avoid Conflict
Mr. Paul E. Benson
Partner
Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
1 file
Federal v. State: The Interplay and How to Harmonize and Handle
1.1 MB 40 pages Presentation
PPT - Federal v. State:  The Interplay and How to Harmonize and Handle
15:15
Afternoon Refreshment Break
15:30
Who Pays What? Apportioning Liability Throughout the Supply Chain
Mr. Paul L. Kassirer, Esq.
Partner
Lester Schwab Katz & Dwyer‚ LLP
1 file
Who Pays? Apportioning Liability Along the Supply Chain
2.6 MB 47 pages Presentation
PPT - Who Pays?Apportioning Liability Along the Supply Chain
16:30
Valuation of a Serious Food-Borne Illness Case: A Case Study of 2003 Hepatitis A Outbreak at Chi-Chi's Restaurant in Pennsylvania
Christopher S. Lee, M.S., J.D., CIPP/US/G
Directorate Privacy Officer, Science & Technology Directorate
Department of Homeland Security
William Marler
Managing Partner
Marler Clark LLP
17:30
Conference Adjourns
8:00
Continental Breakfast
8:30
Co-Chair's Remarks
8:35
The Food Safety Regulators Speak: The Latest on New Policies and Investigative Priorities of Government Regulators and Agencies - and How They will Impact Litigation Going Forward
Dr. Daniel Engeljohn
Deputy Assistant Administrator
Food Safety Inspection Service‚ USDA
1 file
USDA/FSIS Perspective on New Policies and Investigative Priorities
295 KB 18 pages Presentation
PPT - USDA/FSIS Perspective on New Policies and Investigative Priorities
Dr. Arthur P. Liang
Director‚ Food Safety Initiative Activity
Center for Disease Control
1 file
Food Safety in a Flat World: Globalization
1.1 MB 26 pages Presentation
PDF - Food Safety in a Flat World:  Globalization
Ron Simon
Partner
Simon & Luke LLP
9:45
Coffee Break
10:00
View from the Plaintiff's Bar: The Insider's Take on the Who‚ What‚ When‚ and Why of a Food-Borne Illness Outbreak
Ron Simon
Partner
Simon & Luke LLP
10:45
Assessing Causal Link and Disproving Liability In an Era of Improved National Surveillance‚ Increased Outbreaks‚ Enhanced Media/Public Scrutiny‚ and a Growing Number of Claims
Mr. Shawn K. Stevens
Member
Gass Weber Mullins LLC
1 file
Food Safety
8.9 MB 50 pages Presentation
ZIP - Food Safety
Mr. Brad Sullivan
Attorney
Lombardo & Gilles
1 file
American Conference Institute’s 3rd National Forum on Food-Borne Illness Litigation
3 MB 11 pages Presentation
PPTX - American Conference Institute’s 3rd National Forum on Food-Borne Illness Litigation
12:00
Networking Luncheon for Delegates and Speakers
13:15
Long-Term Health Problems Associated with Food-Borne Illness and How They Shape the Handling of Your Case From Start to Finish
Sarah Brew
Partner
Faegre Baker Daniels
1 file
How They Shape the Handling of Your Case From Start to Finish
6.5 MB 35 pages Presentation
PPT - How They Shape the Handling of Your Case From Start to Finish
Mr. David A. Ernst
Partner
Bullivant Houser Bailey PC
1 file
How They Shape the Handling of Your Case From Start to Finish
6.5 MB 35 pages Presentation
PPT - How They Shape the Handling of Your Case From Start to Finish
14:15
Global Food Safety: Factoring in New Threats Associated With Foreign Food Product Imports
Mr. Jeremy Russell
Director of Communications and Govenrment Relations
National Meat Association
1 file
Food Safety
2.4 MB 54 pages Presentation
PPT - Food Safety
Mr. Paul B. La Scala
Partner
Shook Hardy and Bacon LLP
1 file
Food Safety
2.4 MB 54 pages Presentation
PPT - Food Safety
15:00
Conference Concludes