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  • Writer's pictureKirk Hartley

Lung Cancer Claims Take Center Stage for a HarrisMartin Asbestos Litigation Conference

Some see lung cancer claiming as associated only with the Napoli Bern law firm. But that’s not correct.  More and more, members of the Motley Rice firm (and some other firms) are talking about and taking action regarding lung cancer claims, both in and out of  asbestos litigation. Consider, for example, that the Motley Rice firm and the Leiff Cabraser firm were plaintiff’s counsel for an Engle trial in Florida that recently produced a $27 million plaintiff’s verdict, as described in a September 25, 2014 post at PHAI.

The Motley Rice focus on lung cancer  continues with its very active role in an upcoming Harris Martin conference focused on lung cancer claims in asbestos litigation, with a major focus on some but much less than all of the science relevant to lung cancer claiming. The agenda is below; note the number of speakers from Motley Rice.


“HarrisMartin’s Asbestos Litigation Conference: Emerging Issues in Lung Cancer Cases Agenda”

Day 1, Friday, October 17, 2014

7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Continental Breakfast and Registration

8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Welcome By Co-Chairs

V. Brian Bevon, Motley Rice, Mt. Pleasant, SC Louis P. Herns, Pierce, Herns, Sloan & Wilson, LLC, Charleston, SC

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

What to Expect from Your Expert in Smoking Lung Cancer Cases and Non-Smoking Lung Cancer Cases

Allan Feingold, MD, FRCP(C), FCCP, Medical Director, Occupational & Environmental Medicine, South Miami Hospital, Miami

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

“Cigarette Warnings” in the United States – You’ve Got To Be Kidding!

• Consumers Prior to Having Warning Labels • The Federal Government and the Tobacco Industry • The Use of New Graphic Warnings Louis P. Herns, Pierce, Herns, Sloan & Wilson, LLC, Charleston, SC

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Refreshment Break

10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Lung Cancer – Asbestos and Smoking Synergy

Thomas A. Sporn, M.D., Associate Professor of Pathology, Pathology/Pathology Clinical Services, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

A Comparison of State Case Filing Criteria

• Current Filings and Trends: Focus on CA, FL, IL, NY, OH, PA and SC • What Are the Similarities and Differences? • Review of the Statutes, Case Law and CMOs Governing the Filing of Lung Cancer Cases • Review and Implementation and Enforcement of Procedural Criteria that Must be Met Before Cases are Put on Trial Calendars

E. Elaine Shofner, Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young, LLP, Atlanta S. Christopher Collier, Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young, LLP, Atlanta Sara M. Salger, Gori Julian & Associates, P.C., Edwardsville, IL Randy L. Gori, Gori Julian & Associates, P.C., Edwardsville, IL

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.


1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Alternative Causes of Lung Cancer

• Looking for Other Causes of Lung Cancer for Non-Smokers • Second- and Third-Hand Smoke Exposures • Other Potential Exposures – Radon, Chemical, Radiation, etc. Michael J. Block, Wilbraham, Lawler & Buba, Philadelphia V. Brian Bevon, Motley Rice, Mt. Pleasant, SC

2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Refreshment Break

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Causation in Relation to Asbestos Exposure vs. Cigarette Smoking

• Duration and Concentration of Exposure Patrick N. Haines, Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik, LLP, Austin, TX Eric D. Cook, Willcox & Savage, P.C., Norfolk, VA

3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Lung Cancer: Preparing for and Cross-Examining Experts

• What to Look for in Medical Records • Individual Risk Factors • Recent Developments Susan J. Cole, Bice Cole Law Firm, P.L., Coral Gables, FL David A. Jagolinzer, The Ferraro Law Firm, Miami Richard D. Schuster, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, Columbus, OH

4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Maritime Law and Lung Cancer Cases

Robert P. Scott, Blank Rome LLP, Houston* John E. Herrick, Motley Rice, Mt. Pleasant, SC

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Networking Cocktail Reception

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