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HarrisMartin's MDL Conference: The Mass Tort Litigation Landscape - A Critical Analysis Agenda

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Day 1, Tuesday, September 25, 2018

12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Registration

12:45 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Welcome by Co-Chairs

Richard Arsenault, Neblett, Beard & Arsenault
Eric D. Holland, Holland Law Firm, St. Louis
Aimee H. Wagstaff, Andrus Wagstaff, Denver

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The Opioid Litigation

• Who Are the Defendants? And Who Are the Plaintiffs?
• Liability, Causation, and Damage Theories
• Insurance and Bankruptcy Issues
• MDL & State Court Updates

Moderator: Paul J. Hanly Jr., Simmons Hanly Conroy, New York

Panelists:
Paul J. Pennock, Weitz & Luxenberg P.C., New York
Erin K. Dickinson, Crueger Dickinson LLC, Whitefish Bay, WI
Krista Baisch, Crueger Dickinson LLC, Whitefish Bay, WI
James M. Williams, Chehardy Sherman Williams, Metairie, LA
Cynthia L. Garber, Robinson Calcagnie, Inc., Newport Beach, CA

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Complex Litigation Nuts and Bolts

• Managing MDLs
• Role of Lexecon, Including Waivers
• What is the Pretrial Discovery as Contemplated in the MDL Statute?
• Transferee Judges Sitting in the Transferor Court
• Bellwether Function, Selection Process, and Trial Protocol
• Intercircuit Assignments
• Judicially Imposed Trial Time Limits: Chess Clocks
• Multi-Plaintiff Trials
• MDL Exit Strategies Including Suggestions of Remand and Associated Options
• Settlement Strategies? Global vs. Inventory vs. Top Down vs. Bottom Up? Court’s Role?
• Role of Wall Street and Main Street in Resolution - Why Cases Settle and When

Moderator: David R. Cohen, Special Master, David R. Cohen Co. LPA, Cleveland

Panelists:
Neil D. Overholtz, Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz, PLLC, Pensacola, FL
Ken Seeger, Seeger Salvas & Devine LLP, San Francisco
D. Todd Mathews, Gori Julian & Associates, P.C., Edwardsville, IL
Jessica Richman, Parker | Waichman, New York

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Refreshment Break

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Talc Litigation: The $4.69 Billion Verdict

W. Mark Lanier, The Lanier Law Firm, Houston
Eric D. Holland, Holland Law Firm, St. Louis
Rachel Lanier, The Lanier Law Firm, New York
Lee Cirsch, The Lanier Law Firm, Los Angeles

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Networking Cocktail Reception

Networking Cocktail Reception is Sponsored by Flint Law Firm LLC.

Flint Law Firm LLC

Day 2, Wednesday, September 26, 2018

7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Welcome by Co-Chairs

Richard Arsenault, Neblett, Beard & Arsenault
Eric D. Holland, Holland Law Firm, St. Louis
Aimee H. Wagstaff, Andrus Wagstaff, Denver

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Special Masters Managing Mass Torts

• Developing Initial Case Management Orders Which Control the Entire Litigation Process
• Developing a Protocol for the Production of Electronically Stored Data
• Supervising Depositions
• Resolving Discovery Disputes

Moderator: Gary J. Russo, Jones Walker LLP, Lafayette, LA

Panelists:
Dawn M. Chmielewski, Neblett, Beard & Arsenault
Alison E. Chase, Keller Rohrback Law Offices LLP, Santa Barbara, CA
Shean D. Williams, The Cochran Firm, Atlanta
Vance R. Andrus, Andrus Wagstaff, Denver

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Navigating Game Changing Dynamics

• Jurisdictional Landscape Following BMS
• Recent Preemption Rulings

Moderator: Nicholas J. Drakulich, The Drakulich Firm, San Diego

Panelists:
Victoria Maniatis, The Sanders Firm, New York
Todd Campbell, Neblett, Beard & Arsenault
Eric D. Holland, Holland Law Firm, St. Louis

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Complex Litigation Witnesses

• Witnesses Appearing Via Satellite Transmission
• Apex Witness Depositions
• Videotaping Witness Trial Testimony

Moderator: Raymond C. Silverman, Parker | Waichman, New York

Panelists:
Dustin C. Carter, Neblett, Beard & Arsenault
Paul J. Pennock, Weitz & Luxenberg P.C., New York

11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Refreshment Break

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Mass Tort Landscape: Part 1

• Roundup
• PPI
• Onglyza
• Risperdal
• Mesh
• Gadolinium

Moderator: Paul J. Pennock, Weitz & Luxenberg P.C., New York

Panelists:
Neil D. Overholtz, Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz, PLLC, Pensacola, FL
Jennifer A. Moore, Grossman & Moore Injury Law, Louisville, KY
Melanie H. Muhlstock, Parker | Waichman LLP, New York
Aimee H. Wagstaff, Andrus Wagstaff, Denver
Brooks Cutter, Cutter Law, Sacramento, CA

12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch with Keynote Speaker - They Did WHAT? Startling Stories of Lawyers’ Behavior and Juries’ Responses

W. Mark Lanier, The Lanier Law Firm, Houston

Lunch Sponsored by ILS.

ILS

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Mass Tort Landscape: Part 2

• IVC Update
• Xarelto
• Testosterone
• Essure

Moderator: Eric D. Holland, Holland Law Firm, St. Louis

Panelists:
Aaron K. Dickey, Flint Law Firm LLC, Edwardsville, IL
Ethan A. Flint, Flint Law Firm LLC, Paducah, KY
Neil D. Overholtz, Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz, PLLC, Pensacola, FL
Raymond C. Silverman, Parker | Waichman, New York
Daniel Thornburgh, Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz, PLLC, Pensacola, FL
Erin Copeland, Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs, Houston

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Complex Litigation: Ethical Conundrums

• Aggregate Settlements
• Technology Skills – Mandatory Ethical Requirements
• ABA: Attorneys Must Take Reasonable Cyber Security Steps – (Formal Opinion 477)
• Practicing Law Ethically in the Age of Social Media
• Litigating Outside the Court - The Chilling Impacts of Blogs and Identification of Alleged “Judicial Hell Holes”

Moderator: Aimee H. Wagstaff, Andrus Wagstaff, Denver

Panelists:
Rachel Lanier, The Lanier Law Firm, New York
Kelly Hyman, McDivitt Law Firm, Denver
Robert J. Drakulich, The Drakulich Firm, San Diego
Ginger Susman, President, Providio MediSolutions, Denver
Jayne Conroy, Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC, New York

3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Refreshment Break

3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

E-Discovery: Mastering the Document Intensive Case

Moderator: Victoria Maniatis, The Sanders Firm, New York

Joseph Thorpe, Chief Executive Officer, International Litigation Services, Inc. (ILS), Irvine, CA
Dustin C. Carter, Neblett, Beard & Arsenault
Melanie H. Muhlstock, Parker | Waichman LLP, New York

4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Mass Tort Landscape: Part 3

• Talc MDL
• Hernia Mesh
• Hip Implants
• Asbestos/Mesothelioma

Moderator: Aimee H. Wagstaff, Andrus Wagstaff, Denver

Panelists:
Lindsey Cheek, The Cheek Law Firm, LLC, New Orleans
Kip Petroff, Kip Petroff, Attorney at Law, Dallas
Brian Devine, Seeger Salvas & Devine LLP, San Francisco
D. Todd Mathews, Gori Julian & Associates, P.C., Edwardsville, IL

5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Networking Cocktail Party

Networking Cocktail Reception is Sponsored by Garretson Resolution Group.

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