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What: Verus LLC has announced it will co-host a full-day webinar, with Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. and Corodemus & Corodemus, devoted to talc and mass torts. Hosted by NJICLE, “Contemporary Issues in Mass Torts: Applying Lessons from Talc and Beyond” will explore the lessons learned to date from the talc litigation for plaintiffs and defendants alike and how those lessons can be applied to future mass torts. Attendees will earn CLE credits.
WHEN: January 21, 2021, 9 am – 3:30 pm ET
WHY: Talc is the most recent product to shape the current world of mass tort litigation. There are currently over 1,000 talc cases filed against Johnson & Johnson in New Jersey, and there are thousands more nationwide. In one of the New Jersey cases, Carl v. Johnson & Johnson, a trial court judge dismissed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, finding the plaintiffs’ experts lacked credibility. The Appellate Division reversed, finding that the trial court had erroneously dismissed the case by assessing the expert’s credibility rather than the methodology they used to reach their opinions.
The Appellate Court decision provides a benchmark for trial court judges and litigators about how they should be evaluating expert testimony in mass tort cases. Many believe the Carl decision gives new life to other talc cases currently pending in New Jersey courts. The future of the talc litigation has yet to be determined.
This Zoom videoconference will feature prominent judges, leading plaintiff and defense attorneys, and other experienced litigation professionals who will provide a thorough, nuanced analysis of how to litigate talc and other mass tort cases successfully.
Who: Speakers and Sessions:
Morning Session [9:00-12:00 p.m.]
9:00- 9:30 a.m.
Current & Prospective View of Federal and State MDLs: Talc a Case Study
Michelle A. Parfitt, Ashcraft & Gerel, LLP
Understanding the Science: Recommended Research for Lawyers
Dr. Margaret M. Thompson, Beasley Allen Law Firm
Gatekeeper Function of Courts for Experts: Standard Federal and State Courts rulings
Judge Robert B. Kugler, United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey
Judge Marina Corodemus (ret.), Corodemus & Corodemus
Danny R. Kraft Jr., Weitz & Luxenberg
Timothy I. Duffy, Coughlin Duffy LLP
Challenges in Mass Tort Settlement Plans; Notes from the Asbestos Wars
Mark Eveland, Verus LLC
Proving Causation – Cosmetic Vs. Non-Cosmetic Products
Susan M. Sharko, Faegre Drinker
Leigh O’Dell, Beasley Allen Law Firm
Break [12:00-1:00 p.m.]
Afternoon Session [1:00- 3:30 pm]
Confidentiality Orders, Spoliation and the Ghosts of Christmas Past
Chris Placitella, Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C.
Mass Tort Bankruptcy Strategies on Both Sides of the “V”
Edwin J. Harron, Young Conaway
Mark A. Fink, Robinson+Cole
Rachel C. Strickland, Wilkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Michael S. Etkin, Lowenstein Sandler
Doesn’t Matter What the Jury Said, I’ll Win up on Appeal. Appellate Litigators Share Their Experiences.
Denyse Clancy, Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood
Pandemic Trial Practice in a Zoom World
Michael A. Akselrud, The Lanier Law Firm
Allison M. Brown, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates
Contact: To register or for more information, visit https://verusllc.com/upcoming-webinar-contemporary-issues-in-mass-torts-applying-lessons-learned-from-talc-and-beyond/
About Verus LLC
Headquartered in Princeton, NJ, Verus LLC is a litigation support service firm that provides a full suite of services, including Case Management & Medical Review Services, Settlement Administration, Business & Advisory Services, and Analytics Services, to mass tort lawyers. Before founding Verus in 2003, the firm’s principals helped design some of the first-ever mass tort settlements and in the process, administered more than 450,000 asbestos personal injury claims and disbursed more than $6 billion in settlement funds and expenses. Since 2003, Verus has administered over five million personal injury claims and disbursed billions more in settlement funds. Today, Verus is fully engaged in providing litigation support services to law firms working on mass torts. The experts who work at Verus have years of experience in handling cases involving defective medical devices including IVC filters, hernia mesh and transvaginal mesh, and dangerous drugs, including Invokana, Taxotere, PPIs, Xarelto, Benicar and Zofran.
Verus employs almost 100 U.S.-based attorneys, nurses, accountants, statisticians and claims adjusters, operations experts, and hardware and software engineers to help mass tort attorneys improve operating results and maximize recoveries for their clients. For more information, visit www.verusllc.com or contact them at email@example.com.
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