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Enocuragement to Embrace New Science for the New Year Ahead: The Annual ACI Asbestos Conference is U

It’s hard to believe, but the pace of molecular science continues to accelerate. And it’s increasingly focused on disease causation issues. The point was highlighted last week when I attended (and spoke at) at the annual, national gathering of the Society for Risk Analysis. Speaker after speaker presented new insights into diseases that are arising from new molecular science. My talk touched on those issues across a range of cases, from drugs to benzene to asbestos. And, a fellow speaker in our subgroup announced plans for next fall to bring together knowledgeable people for a conference on “ToxicoEpigenetics.” Yes, really, it’s moving that fast.

That’s a long winded introduction to urging consideration of a New Year’s resolution to spend more time learning about the scope and pace of molecular science. Why?  Because nasty “surprises” may befall those who ignore the pace and scale of the ongoing changes in molecular science. Indeed, the changes are arriving now, and the best way to avoid unpleasant surprises is to learn the fundamentals.  One way to build that base of knowledge is to attend 2016 litigation conferences that include a focus on new science as related to toxic torts. To my knowledge, the first one up for 2016 will be the annual ACI Asbestos Litigation Conference in Philadelphia, this year on January 14 and 15, 2016 at the usual location at the Union League Club.

The science focused presentations are as follows:

Lung cancer: new medical and legal considerations given the substantial increase in claims

Mesothelioma: latest trends, genetic components, meso gene theory, idiopathic cases, low dose issues, filings by younger females, and talcum powder

The overall agenda is as follows; you can register here.

Lung cancer: new medical and legal considerations given the substantial increase in claims Mesothelioma: latest trends, genetic components, meso gene theory, idiopathic cases, low dose issues, filings by younger females, and talcum powder Recent developments in take home and bystander exposure cases Current state of engineering design firm duty and the statute of repose defense for construction work related to asbestos exposure Update on state adoption of the bare metal defense Insurance coverage issues: loss portfolio transfers, retroactive reinsurance, legacy liabilities, long tail losses, trigger allocation, successor rights after mergers, and more Juror communication: focus on state of the art and reptile theory Former employee lawsuits: latest filings against former employers in common law tort actions Role of unions in asbestos litigation Dealing with increased requests for corporate witness depositions and preparing company witnesses for testimonyThe case against the non-asbestos defendant such as asbestos defendant equipment manufacturer and its component parts: the evolution of theories and strategies with regard to the various types of defendants Ethics opinions in asbestos litigation (featuring CLE ethics credits)

The asbestos science world is racing forward. Make time to catch up!

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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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