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LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Conferences
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LexisNexis Presents: Defense Strategies in Pharmaceutical Litigation Conference, January 31 - February 1, 2005 - An Industry under Siege - Attack Themes and How to Respond
John Lavelle of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll; John Getsinger, Senior Legal Counsel, Litigation of Medtronic Inc.; and Frederick Fern of Harris Beach give an overview of the latest themes attacking pharmaceutical manufacturers in news and mass media and in the courtroom, including plaintiffs' attacks on research and development, clinical testing, sales and marketing, and protection of intellectual property. In addition, Mr. Lavelle, Mr. Getsinger, and Mr. Fern also review how to anticipate and respond to these new lines of attack.
Mealey's Third Annual Advanced Insurance Coverage Conference: Top 10 Issues, January 24-25, 2005 - Coverage Litigation - The Thought Process From All Sides: A Panel Discussion
Lori Siwik, Vice President & Counsel of Risk International Services, Inc., moderates as Kevin Quinley, CPCU, AIC, Senior Vice President of Medmarc Insurance Group; Elit Felix of Margolis Edelstein; and Kenneth Ross, Senior Vice President of Willis New York, Inc., discuss all perspectives of coverage litigation.
Mealey's VIOXX Litigation Conference, January 20-21, 2005 - The Pharmacology of VIOXX
John Lehmann, PhD, a pharmacologist and President of DrugIntel, discusses what VIOXX is and how its components allegedly contribute to heart problems. Dr. Lehmann also reviews whether or not all COX-2 inhibitors interfere with enzymes that can help avoid cardiovascular disease. In addition, he addresses the question on everyone's mind: If a patient stops taking VIOXX, is the potential threat over?
Mealey's All Sums: Reallocation & Settlement Credits Conference, November 8, 2004 - Settlement Credits
Benedict Lenhart of Covington & Burling moderates as James Murray of Gordon Murray Tilden, Maria Enriquez of Bates & Carey, and George Cavell of American Re-Insurance Company discuss the alternative to contribution, theoretical underpinnings, pro rata vs. pro tanto, rule against double recovery, and trends in the case law, specifically: Koppers, Dana, Rubenstein, Weyerhaeuser, GenCorp.
Mealey's Silica Litigation Conference, October 25-26, 2004 - The Epidemiology of Silica-Related Disease
Murray Finkelstein, BSc, MS, PhD, MDCM, CCFP, Physician/Epidemiologist, Occupational and Environmental Health Laboratory, McMaster University discusses Silicosis, Silicosis and cancer, and other silica and dust associated diseases.
Mealey's Advanced Skills for Litigation Paralegals Conference, October 21, 2004 - Medical Records - Obtaining, Deciphering & Utilizing
Paul Weaver, RN, CLNC, SANE, FNE, Certified Legal Nurse Consultant & Legal Nurse Educator of GRITS RN Services and Cathy Shmerling, Legal Nurse Consultant of Hawkins & Parnell discuss obtaining records and information, especially with HIPAA. Ms. Weaver and Ms. Shmerling also review how to manage all the records, where the most useful information is found, common medical terminology and symbols, and how to research and cross reference information.
Mealey's Advanced Skills for Litigation Paralegals Conference, October 21, 2004 - Obtaining Your Client's Documents
Eric Hertz of Hertz, Link & Smith discusses the plaintiff perspective, specifically how to gather your client's medical records, family history and work history as well as effective ways to organize and make your documents readable and accessible even when you are working with a large number of clients. LaRae Hancock of MehaffyWeber gives the defense perspective, explaining how to coordinate with in-house paralegals and representatives to obtain all relevant documents, how to understand the corporate client's record retention practices, and what mechanisms to need to ensure you have receive all of the required documents.
Mealey's Advanced Skills for Litigation Paralegals Conference, October 21, 2004 - Working with Expert Witnesses
G. Mark Phillips of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough and Richard Kopelman of Orlando & Kopelman discuss how to track down information on expert witnesses and their trial testimony, depositions and published articles. Mr. Phillips and Mr. Kopelman also review acquiring and cataloguing expert articles, studies and other pertinent information as well as maintaining communication with your experts and maintaining current records as a case proceeds over several years.
Mealey's Advanced Skills for Litigation Paralegals Conference, October 21, 2004 - A Paralegal's Role Part II - Trial Organization
Heather Turner of Nix & Graddock and Cathy Ellington of Morris, Manning & Martin discuss logistical considerations, investigation of courtroom setup, review of courtroom procedures, organization, witness preparation and coordination, troubleshooting in the courtroom, the use of outside vendors, and preparation of bill of costs.
Mealey's Welding Rod Litigation Conference, October 7-8, 2004 - Update on the Welding Rod Litigation
Stephen Harburg of O'Melveny & Myers and Don Barrett of Barrett Law Office give an analysis of what is going on in the courts around the country, reviewing the claims being asserted by the plaintiffs and the defenses raised in opposition. Mr. Harburg and Mr. Barrett also review who the plaintiffs are, what defendants are being named, the theories of liability, updated MDL activities, and the medical monitoring class action.
Mealey's Welding Rod Litigation Conference, October 7-8, 2004 - The Neurological Issues Raised in Welding Rod Litigation
Grant Kaiser of the Kaiser Firm; Paul Nausieda, MD, of the Regional Parkinson's Center, National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence; Howard Sandler, MD, of Sandler Occupational Medicine Associates, Inc.; and Peter Bell of the Law Office of Peter G. Bell discuss the medical debate over whether there are any neurological conditions caused by exposure to welding rod fumes. The panel also reviews how to distinguish idiopathic Parkinson's disease from the neurological conditions allegedly suffered as a result of welding rod exposure. Finally, panel members converse on the status of the argument that seeks to isolate "Parkinson's disease" from welding rod manganese exposure such that arguments could not be presented in court that a welder developed Parkinson's disease as a result of manganese exposure, but rather only manganese poisoning as a result of the exposure.
Mealey's Insurance Coverage Disputes Concerning Construction Defects, October 4-5, 2004 - Additional Insured Issues
Katherine Tammaro of Tressler Soderstrom Maloney & Priess moderates as Clifford Shapiro of Sachnoff & Weaver; Maureen Thomas, former Vice President and Associate General Counsel of Pulte Homes, Inc.; and Michael McColl of Foran Glennon Palandech & Ponzi give an analysis of the "arising out of" term and how it defines the scope of coverage. They also discuss completed operations - additional insured before and after, how the business risk exclusions apply to the additional insured, other insurance and priority of coverage, new forms, and the insurance requirements for construction contracts.
Mealey's Bad Faith Conference, September 27-28, 2004 - Preparing Your Witnesses: A Plaintiff and Defense Approach to Getting Your Witnesses Ready for a Bad Faith Trial
Frank Darras of Shernoff Bidart & Darras, Christopher Martin of Martin Disiere Jefferson & Wisdom, and William Kobokovich of St. Paul Travelers Companies, Inc. discuss tips for the plaintiff side on how to get your client ready to be a part of a bad faith trial, form intake through depositions to trial. Mr. Darras, Mr. Martin, and Mr. Kobokovich also review for the defense side risk reduction procedures to avoid bad faith claims, as well as tools to prepare the company personnel for the bad faith trial, starting with the depositions.
Mealey's Bad Faith Conference, September 27-28, 2004 - Does the Case Go to the Jury? Advice on Defending or Prosecuting a Summary Judgment Motion in a Bad Faith Case
Bonny Rafel of Bonny G. Rafel LLC, William Barker of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, and Hon. Mark Bernstein of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas give an analysis of the "genuine dispute" and "fairly debatable" doctrines, specifically explaining recent decisions on these issues, what they mean, and how to apply these doctrines and recent decisions to the facts of your cases. In addition, Ms. Rafel, Mr. Barker, and Hon. Berstein review the most effective ways to defeat a summary judgment motion and give advice on whether or not you should file a summary judgment motion and how to be successful with it.
Mealey's Bad Faith Conference, September 27-28, 2004 - Duty to Defend
Philip Maxwell of Longley & Maxwell and Douglas Christian of Meagher & Geer discuss the "set-up," coverage by Estoppel, and what triggers the duty to defend. In addition, Mr. Maxwell and Mr. Christian give an analysis of the parameters of the duty, specifically what needs to be done once the duty is triggered.
Mealey's Bad Faith Conference, September 27-28, 2004 - Trying a Bad Faith Case
Larry Ottaway of Foliart Huff Ottaway & Bottom, David Graeven, PhD, of Trial Behavior Consulting, and William Shernoff of Shernoff Bidart & Darras discuss jury selection strategies, witness orders, and tips on making the most of the discovery process and making sure you get what you need to be successful. They also review what you should do when you have a "bad" witness and what you should try to accomplish in the opening and closing statements.
Mealey's Advanced E-Discovery Conference, September 21, 2004 - "Groundhog Day" Meets E-Discovery: Live Demonstrations of the Wrong and Right Way to Address Seven Different E-Discovery Scenarios
Carmen Oveissi of LexisNexis Applied Discovery; Robert Hellewell of LexisNexis Applied Discovery; Ariana Tadler of Milberg Weiss Bershad & Schulman LLP; Hon. John Hughes of the U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey; Robert Heim of Dechert LLP; Michael Gray of Jones Day; and Gregory McCurdy of Microsoft Corporation discuss seven different e-discovery scenarios and how to handle each of them. The scenarios are as follows: Scenario I - A Conference with the Client on Preservation, Scenario II - The Conversation with your E-Discovery Consultant, Scenario III - A Rule 26 Meet and Confer, Scenario IV - A Rule 16 Conference with the Court, Scenario V - Motion Arguments on Cost and Burden of the E-Discovery Measures, Scenario VI - Technical Issues, and Scenario VII - Discussion Between Magistrate and the Judge: What to Do in the Case.
Mealey's Advanced Skills for Mass Tort Paralegals Conference, September 21, 2004 - Medical Records - Obtaining, Deciphering, and Utilizing
Gretchen Watson, RN, BSN, of Medical Research Consultants discusses how to obtain records and information, especially with HIPPA, organize, review and summarize, and find the most useful information. Ms. Watson also reviews common medical terminology and symbols, collation of documents, and research and cross-reference skills.
Mealey's Advanced Skills for Mass Tort Paralegals Conference, September 21, 2004 - Obtaining Your Client's Documents
Brenda Jenkins of Brent Coon & Associates and Bonnie Murch of McCarter & English, LLP discuss the plaintiff and defensive perspectives. Ms. Jenkins focuses on the plaintiff's standpoint and reviews how to gather your client's medical records, family history, and work history as well as suggests effective ways to organize and make your documents readable and accessible even when you are working with a large number of clients. Ms. Murch concentrates on the defense point of view and examines coordinating with in-house paralegals and representatives to obtain all documents, understanding the corporate client's record retention practices, and using mechanisms to ensure you have received all the required documents.
Mealey's National Asbestos Litigation Conference, September 20-21, 2004 - Asbestos Legislation in 2004-2005: What Does the Future Hold for Federal and State Initiative? A Panel Discussion
Damon Silvers of the AFLCIO moderates as Timothy O'Reilly of the National Mass Action Defense Resource Center, Patrick Hanlon of Shea & Gardner, Michael Strautmanis of ATLA, Scott Oelslager of the Ohio House of Representatives, and Bryan Blevins of Provost*Umphery discuss trends in state legislative actions and stakeholders identity and positions. They also review where we are now and what the future holds, the economics of S2290, and the legislative approaches in Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and elsewhere. Non-legislative "legislation" that affects the litigation such as case management orders and other judicial remedies as well as whether or not federal legislation can be achieved in light of the four sided argument that has various factions within each side are also topics of discussion.
Mealey's Asbestos Litigation 101 Conference, July 22-23, 2004 - Historical Perspective on the Litigation: Where We are Today and How We Got Here
Michael J. Brickman of Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, LLC gives the plaintiff perspective while Mark Goodman of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP covers the defense perspective as they discuss how the litigation changed over the years, including a brief discussion on asbestos bankruptcies and their impact on the current landscape of the litigation. Mr. Brickman and Mr. Goodman also analyze the early litigation, identifying the plaintiffs and defendants and describing the claims and defenses. They also give a brief description of how the number of claims has exceeded any of the original projections.
Mealey's Asbestos Litigation 101 Conference, July 22-23, 2004 - Asbestos Medicine Overview
Jill Ohar, M.D., of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine and Eugene Mark, M.D. of Massachusetts General Hospital and Michele Carbone, M.D., Ph.D. of the Loyola University of Chicago Medical Center discuss asbestosis, mesothelioma, and pleural disease and give an analysis of cancer diseases caused by asbestos exposure. Dr. Ohar and Dr. Mark also review issues with diagnosis of mesothelioma and the Wake Forest Obstructive Lung Disease Study.
Mealey's Asbestos Litigation 101 Conference, July 22-23, 2004 - Direct Actions Against the Insurance Companies
Bruce Carter of the Law Offices of Bruce Carter, Chris Madeksho of the Madeksho Law Firm, and Mark Goodman of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP discuss who the defendants are, what claims are being put forth, and the status of actions in various jurisdictions such as West Virginia, Ohio, Texas, Massachusetts, and Minnesota.
Mealey's Asbestos Litigation 101 Conference, July 22-23, 2004 - Claims Valuation: Insiders' Perspectives
Daniel Myer of CMC Claims Management Services and John Dickoff of Connecticut Valley Claim Services Company, Inc. give the claims perspectives while Laura Archie of the PMA Insurance Group covers the carrier perspectives as they discuss steps to follow when trying to value a case, from looking at what is covered under the policy, to analyzing verdicts in various jurisdictions. They also discuss factors that go into deciding what cases to fight and what cases to settle.