SAN FRANCISCO — Litigation and insurance coverage claims involving alleged personal injuries and property damage from drywall imported from China is the focus of a half-day seminar set for July 28, 2009 at the Mission Bay Conference Center at the University of California San Francisco. The event will also be webcast.

The conference producer, HB Litigation Conferences LLC, has selected the first of two chairman to ensure plaintiff and defense balance. Ervin Gonzalez of Colson Hicks Eidson of Coral Gables, Fla., has emerged as a leading plaintiffs’ representative in the litigation and will serve as co-chair. The defense chairman will come from the Philadelphia-based law firm of Cozen O’Connor.

Titled “Chinese Drywall Litigation & Insurance Coverage Update,” this fully accredited program will discuss legal theories, expert witnesses, other potential sources of problems, alleged health concerns, scientific and medical opinions, likely defendants, specific property claims being raised, remediation and removal, the latest from the MDL in New Orleans, insurance disputes over trigger of coverage and exclusions, “additional insureds,” subrogation, special issues involving foreign defendants, and anticipated Daubert disputes.

To date, speakers include Arnold Levin of Levin, Fishbein, Sedran & Berman; John Mullen of Nelson Levine de Luca & Horst; Barbara Manis, M.D., Building Health Sciences, a division of the NMAS Group; Eric Winegar, Ph.D., Applied Measurement Science; Matthew Jacobs, Jenner & Block. HB will announce other speakers shortly.

The price to attend in-person or via webcast is $595. In-house counsel at insurance companies receive a 30% discount. A limited number of press passes are available.

More information, including a free article covering one of HB’s recent teleconferences on drywall litigation, can be found in the conferences section of

Complete recordings and materials of two recent teleconferences and a recent full-day conference are now available from HB on CD.

Anyone interested in registering for the July 28 Chinese Drywall Litigation & Insurance Coverage Update or purchasing previous recordings should contact HB by email at, or call the company at (484) 324-2755.

HB Litigation Conferences LLC is an independent, nationally accredited provider of multi-media legal programs covering mass torts such as asbestos, lead paint and benzene litigation, pharmaceutical products liability, insurance, reinsurance, financial, and construction defect litigation.