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Asbestos, Science and the 2017 ACI Conference in Philadelphia

Science, law and mass torts are increasingly intersecting and driving change.  The cancer research and medical communities are currently at the height of their conferences and workshop seasons, with recently completed and upcoming cancer conferences all over the US and indeed the world. In 2017, the medical and scientific data from 2016 will increasingly move into asbestos litigation. Looking ahead to the 2017 legal conferences, science will be receive significant attention at the ACI’s 22nd National Forum on Asbestos Claims & Litigation, held annually in Philadelphia, with this year’s conference to be held  January 12-13, 2017 at the Union League Club. The full agenda is pasted below. The science focused portions are as follows:

  1. Lung cancer and asbestos and a closer look at the science behind it

  2. Key updates in take home and bystander exposure cases including new case law in CA-Havner and Kesner

  3. Mesothelioma: latest trends, genetic components, meso gene theory, idiopathic cases/minimal exposure, filings by younger females, emerging types of mesos, and more

  4. Scientific and legal developments (including the Georgia Supreme Court decision-Scapa Dryber) related to the single fiber/any exposure/each and every exposure theory

Overall, this year’s agenda will includes insights and comprehensive updates for events expected before the end of this year, such as the pending California Supreme Court cases. The full agenda is pasted below, along with a discount code and registration information:

  1. Insurer-counsel-insured relationships: strategy between client, carrier, national counsel, and local counsel

  2. State by state survey of hotbed jurisdictions: IL, PA, CA, MO, NY and key filing trends

  3. Fallout surrounding bankruptcy trust transparency

  4. Lung cancer and asbestos and a closer look at the science behind it

  5. Key updates in take home and bystander exposure cases including new case law in CA-Havner and Kesner

  6. Mesothelioma: latest trends, genetic components, meso gene theory, idiopathic cases/minimal exposure, filings by younger females, emerging types of mesos, and more

  7. Scientific and legal developments (including the Georgia Supreme Court decision-Scapa Dryber) related to the single fiber/any exposure/each and every exposure theory

  8. Reviewing the recent uptick in talc cases: litigating claims involving products containing talc (industrial, cosmetic) and determining how the increase in ovarian cancer claims factors into these

  9. The bare metal defense

  10. Insurance coverage issues: loss portfolio, retroactive reinsurance, legacy liabilities, long tail losses, trigger, allocation, successor rights, after mergers, and more

  11. Motion to dismiss filings after the Daimler decision on personal jurisdiction

  12. Medicare language releases for asbestos litigation

  13. Punitive damages in asbestos litigation

  14. Voir dire in asbestos litigation

REGISTER TODAY to ensure your place by calling 888-224-2480, faxing your registration form to 877-927-1563 or registering online.  GlobalTort readers receive 15% off current registration rates with Code: P15-999-GLT17.

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About Kirk

Since becoming a lawyer in 1983, Kirk’s over 30 years of practice have focused on advising a wide range of corporations, associations, and individuals (as both plaintiffs and defendants) on both tort and commercial law issues centered around “mass torts.”

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