Recording Date: July 13, 2011
Duration: 2 hr 36 min
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Agenda and Speakers
I. The 411 of Benzene Litigation
•Benzene: Where is it found and why is it a problem?
•Comparing benzene’s path to other toxic torts
•Benzene: A national review of the last several years in benzene trial verdicts
•Which jurisdictions are active and which are not?
•Typical case structures and winning legal theories
•Settlement survey: Are we seeing more or less settlements and what are the values?
•The next generation: New products and looming liability
Patrick Clyder, Esq., Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
Allen Stewart, Esq., Allen Stewart, PC
II. Epidemiology: A Benzene Exposure & Causation in Non-AML Cases with a Case Study on Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma
•Methodology of a weight-of-evidence assessment of causation for benzene and non-AML outcomes
•Causation evidence and the different types of diseases
•New studies regarding benzene and Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
•The relationship between benzene and multiple myeloma
Thomas Hart, III, Esq., Law Offices of Thomas H. Hart III, P.C. (Moderator)
Dominik D. Alexander, Ph.D., MSPH, Exponent
Bernard D. Goldstein, M.D., Professor, Department of Environmental and
Occupational Health, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
III. A Review of Recent Daubert and Frye
•Recent decisions of note
•Expert qualification concerns
•Types of data on which experts rely on
Anthony Monaco, Esq., Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP (Moderator)
Toni Querry Farkas, Esq., Frantz Ward LLP
Raphael Metzger, Esq., Metzger Law Group