In this clip, Hon. Mark Davidson of Houston said there is a risk of routine forcing of settlements, but clarified that he does NOT, of course, oppose settlement. His fear is that “if you only settle cases, then the common law won’t evolve.” He also said, at least in the asbestos arena, we’re turning into a civil law national instead of a common law nation.

The presentation took place at HB’s National Asbestos Litigation Conference on September 27-29, 2009 at The Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco. It was chaired by Joseph J. O’Hara of Owens-Illinois, Inc., Joseph Belluck of Belluck & Fox LLP, and Michael J. Pietrykowski of Gordon & Rees LLP.

Editor’s note: I shot and edited these personally. It’s what I do for fun. The professional recording is in process.

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