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Asbestos Bankruptcy Conference in Chicago on June 20

Asbestos bankruptcies are down in number, but the current cases present some great issues with significant ramifications for future cases. Accordingly, Perrin Conferences and Chicago will once again be the hosts for a June Asbestos Bankruptcy Conference. This year’s seminar is on Monday June 20 at the Peninsula on Michigan Avenue.

The conference agenda is here, and also is pasted below. The roster of speakers is strong, despite including me. To register, click here.

See you in Chicago on Monday, June 20 ?

Event Agenda

Continental Breakfast and Registration Opening Remarks

John D. Cooney, Esq.,

Cooney & Conway, Chicago, IL Michael K. Rozen, Esq., Feinberg Rozen, LLP, New York, NY National Update on Chapter 11 Asbestos Bankruptcy Proceedings New filings, confirmations and dismissals: overview of Quigley, W.R. Grace, G-I Holdings, Pittsburgh Corning, NARCO, Lloyd Mitchell, Plant and other bankruptcy cases

Leslie Davis, Esq.,

Crowell & Moring LLP, Washington, DC

Robert Goodman, Esq.,

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, New York, NY

Kirk Hartley, Esq.,

Childress Duffy, Ltd., Chicago, IL Peter A. Kraus, Esq., Waters & Kraus, LLP, Dallas, TX Perry Weitz, Esq., Weitz & Luxenberg P.C., New York, NY

9:45 AM-

Using a 468B QSF to Facilitate a Settlement

 Why would this help in negotiations?

 Create a discount situation for the Defense in certain jurisdictions

 Make lien resolution easier?

 Medicare Compliance

Creation of the 468B QSF

 Properly used 468B QSF finally makes structured settlements an option for claimants?

 Allows the Plaintiff attorney to structure/defer their fees

Satisfaction of Medicare reimbursement obligation

Michael Angelides, Esq.,

Simmons Browder Gianaris Angelides & Barnerd LLC, Alton, IL B.J. Etscheid, Partner, Brook Hollow Financial, Chicago, IL Steven Hart, Esq., Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd., Chicago, IL Jason Wolf, President, Garretson Resolution Group, Charlotte, NC

10:15 AM –

Sponsored by: Brook Hollow Financial


10:30 AM –

Staking Your Claim: How to Successfully File an Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Claim

 Establishing the medical and exposure requirements needed for a valid trust claim – testimony, depositions, site matches, affidavits, and other forms of documentation

 Knowing what your claim is worth under the trust distribution procedures

 Expedited versus the individual review process – what criteria are needed to qualify for individual review

 Contribution claims – can defendants really recover from indirect claims to the trusts?

Deborah Greenspan, Esq.,

Dickstein Shapiro LLP, Washington, DC Steve Baron, Esq., Baron & Budd, P.C., Dallas, TX

11:15 AM –

The Role of 524(g) Trust Discovery in Asbestos Tort, Coverage and Bankruptcy Cases

 Update on past and ongoing cases requesting discovery of trust data

Relevancy of discovery of trust data for bankruptcy estimation purposes

Philip Bentley, Esq.,

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, New York, NY

Natalie Ramsey, Esq.,

Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP, Philadelphia, PA

12:00 PM-

Sponsored by: RecordTrak

Networking Lunch

1:00 PM –

Deciphering the Bankruptcy Code: Understanding Section 524(g) and the Bankruptcy Trust System

 Stepping into the shoes of the reorganized debtor – the establishment of the trust system for current claims and future demands

 How have bankruptcy courts interpreted 524(g) in moving cases from filing to confirmation?

 The role of the futures claim representative in 524(g) cases

 Voting rights under 524(g) for creditor classes

 Trust distribution procedures (TDP)

Congressional intent: the history behind the enactment of 524(g)

Jacob Cohn, Esq.,

Cozen O’Connor, Philadelphia, PA Elihu Inselbuch, Esq., Caplin & Drysdale, New York, NY David Killalea, Esq., Gilbert LLP, Washington, DC

2:00 PM-

The Complications of MMSEA: The Plaintiffs’ and Defendants’ Perspective

 What mandatory Insurer Reporting obligations exist in bankruptcy settings

 Most effective (accurate and compatible) means of exchange

Kathy Burne, Esq.,

Cooney & Conway, Chicago, IL Victoria Vance, Esq., Tucker Ellis & West LLP, Cleveland, OH

Jason Wolf,

President, Garretson Resolution Group, Charlotte, NC

2:30 PM-


2:45 PM-

Trial Courts & Bankruptcy Trusts

 Rights of plaintiffs, defendants and insurers – the debate over whether trust exposure claim information should be mandated by state courts

 MDL 875 – the new battleground over the bankruptcy trust issue

 Offsets, contribution and other avenues to recovery

 CMO’s and legislation – how are courts and legislatures currently coordinating trust payments with underlying tort cases? Are they?

 Picking up the several shares: what are current solvent defendants and insurers doing to quantify trust recoveries and assign liability to the trusts?

 Point/Counter-Point: understanding the bankruptcy rules and obligations regarding statute of limitations, deferrals and the timing of tort and trust claims

Overview of recent cases involving trust claims and discovery of trust claim forms

Moderator: John D. Cooney, Esq.,

Cooney & Conway, Chicago, IL

Charles Bates, Ph.D.,

Bates White, LLC, Washington, DC Nathan Horne, Esq., Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd., Austin, TX James Stengel, Esq., Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, New York , NY Perry Weitz, Esq., Weitz & Luxenberg P.C., New York, NY

4:30 PM-

From the Bench: Judicial Roundtable on Bankruptcy Trusts

Moderators: John D. Cooney, Esq.,

Cooney & Conway, Chicago, IL Michael K. Rozen, Esq., Feinberg Rozen, LLP, New York, NY

Hon. Peggy L. Ableman

, Superior Court of Delaware, Wilmington, DE

Hon. Mark Davidson

, 11th Civil District Court of Texas, Harris County, TX

Hon. Judith K. Fitzgerald

, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, PA

Hon. Rosemary Gambardella

, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for District of New Jersey, Trenton, NJ

5:30 PM-

Sponsored by: Cooney & Conway & Feinberg Rozen, LLP

Cocktail Reception

8:45 AM –

8:00 AM –

 Overview of current trust assets and payments

 Update on Garlock and Bondex – contested v non-contested bankruptcy cases

 Emerging trends in asbestos bankruptcy law

8:30 AM –

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