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Don’t forget to come early for a new half-day program — Mass Tort Claims Administration! Scroll down for info.

April 15, 2016

7:30 |  Registration and Breakfast

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8:30 |  Obtaining a Fair and Impartial Jury: Important Procedural Trends in Jury De-Selection

• Standards and procedures for hardship excusals
• Benefits and challenges of using a supplemental juror questionnaire
• Maximizing the value of voir dire
• Techniques for obtaining cause challenges and rehabbing
• Strategies for exercising peremptory strikes

Christina Marinakis J.D. Psy.D, Senior Consultant, Litigation Insights (moderator)
Michael Brown Miles & Stockbridge P.C.
Beth Rose Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.
Douglas von Oiste The Karst & von Oiste Law Firm
Benjamin Darche Weitz & Luxenberg P.C.
Robert Mosier The Sanders Law Firm

9:15  |  Off-Label Use Warnings: FDA, Recent Precedents, Doctors and the First Amendment

• Current FDA rules and case law on off-label use
• Noteworthy off-label use cases from the past (criminal and civil)
• Interplay with medical malpractice standards
• Learned intermediary defense
• First Amendment rights of drug manufacturer


Brenda Fulmer Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, P.A. (moderator)
Hadley Matarazzo Faraci Lange LLP
Patricia Lowry Squire Patton Boggs
Lori Leskin Kaye Scholer LLP

10:00 |  Break

10:30  |  Sufficient Proof of Injury in Multiple-Plaintiff Trials

Multi-plaintiff trials in mass tort litigation can raise several issues such as individual injuries and damages, the testimony of treating physicians and experts, jury instructions, and special verdict forms. This panel will explore these issues from the perspectives of a complex trial judge, as well as lawyers representing plaintiffs and defendants.


Brian Devine Seeger Salvas LLP (moderator)
Judge Mary Wiss Superior Court, San Francisco
Nina Gussack Pepper Hamilton LLP
Susan Sharko Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Khaldoun Baghdadi Walkup Melodia Kelly & Schoenberger
Richard Arsenault Neblett Beard & Arsenault

11:15  |  e-Discovery: FRCP, Cross-Border, Special Masters, Technology

Given the ever-rising volumes of data in today’s interconnected world, one of the most critical legal tasks in any mass tort litigation is electronic discovery.  Preserving, collecting, searching, producing and reviewing such large quanta of information can make or break a case.  The advent of the new Federal Rules of Civil Procedure only add to the importance and complexity of electronic discovery to any case, especially those involving mass torts.  In this interactive panel discussion, you will hear directly from the experts on a panoply of electronic discovery issues, including:

  • Impact of new federal rules:  proportionality, cost-shifting, cost containment and sanctions
  • Cross-border and international discovery issues
  • The dos and don’ts of social media
  • Bring your own device pitfalls
  • The role of a special master and effective advocacy
  • The pros and cons of computer assisted and human review methods
  • How to recognize discovery gamesmanship and stop it cold
  • Choosing a vendor and appropriate due diligence


Jonathan Sablone Nixon Peabody LLP (moderator)
Robin Stewart Lathrop & Gage LLP
Honorable Richard A. Levie (ret.) JAMS

12:00  |  Lunch

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1:00  |  Whistleblowers: Responding, Investigating, and Adjudicating

• The potential cost of ignoring or mishandling a whistleblower
• How to efficiently respond to an initial whistleblower complaint
• Preventing retaliation and who and when to notify
• How to scope an investigation
• Getting policies and procedures in place proactively
• Representing whistleblowers, to include verification, resolution, legal action considerations
• Adjudicating a whistleblower


Susan Frank Divers LRN Corporation (moderator)
Richard Grime Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Laura Kennedy SAIC
Neil Getnick Getnick & Getnick LLP
Sol Weiss Anapol Weiss

1:45  |  The Relationship Between Federal & State Courts and Counsel

• The spectrum of federal-state cooperation models
• The relationship of MDL leadership / state court leadership / plaintiff and defense considerations
• Federal and state coordination and discovery
• The role of the MDL and trial settings
• Settlement models and issues relating to closure

Steven Skikos Skikos
Ellen Relkin Weitz & Luxenberg P.C.
Ellen Reisman Reisman Karron Greene LLP
Professor Jaime Dodge Emory University

2:30 |  Break

3:00  |  Settling Strategies for MDLs: Getting Started, Setting Values and Overcoming Obstacles

• Effective strategies for MDL settlements
• Settlements by necessity
• Getting the process started
• Selection of Bellwether pool
• The framework for negotiations
• Establishing settlement values
• Obstacles to mass tort settlementsSettlingPanel2

Cathy Yanni JAMS
Wendy Fleishman Lieff Cabraser LLP
Michael Tanenbaum Sedgwick LLP
Michael O’Donnell Wheeler Trig O’Donnell LLP
Henry G. Garrard, III Blasingame Burch Garrard Ashley P.C.

3:45  |  Settlement Finality: The Mechanics of Putting Things to Rest

• Common benefit funds
• Attorney fees liens

Glenn Zuckerman Weitz & Luxenberg P.C.
Ginger Susman President, Providio MediSolutions LLC
Honorable Marina Corodemus, ret. Corodemus & Corodemus LLC
Douglas Marvin Williams & Connolly LLP
Franklin Solomon Solomon Law Firm LLC
Brett Newman Lien Resolution Group
Bill Mulvey Garretson Resolution Group

4:30 |  Adjourn

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Come early and join us on April 14th for

an important add-on program to Judge Corodemus’ event!

Mass Tort Claims Administration

Effectively Implementing the Resolution of

Complex Mass Torts, Class Actions & Bankruptcy Trusts

April 14, 2016

Brett Newman Lien Resolution Group

Brett Newman
Lien Resolution Group

Dan Myer Verus Claims Services, LLC

Dan Myer
Verus Claims Services

How can the resolution of massive litigation involving tens of thousands of claimants be effectively and fairly managed?  That is just one of the thorny questions our panel of experts, under Judge Corodemus’ stewardship, will address during this invaluable and uniquely-focused event.

Featuring leading experts in claims administration, mass torts and lien resolution, this important half-day program will be co-lead by Brett Newman of Lien Resolution Group and Daniel Myer of Verus Claims Services LLC.


11:30  |  Registration and Lunch        VERUS-logo-website

12:30 |  Welcome and Opening Remarks

12:45  |  TPA/IT Operations

Smart Systems Make Smart Administrators

Effective Settlement Administration Begins and Ends With:

  • Subject matter experts as part of the team
  • Well developed and designed technology
  • A settlement plan that is well defined

Morton Iversen, Verus Claims Services LLC

Mark Eveland, Verus Claims Services LLC

1:15  |  Reducing Risk and Improving Quality: Best Practices

  • Ensuring the Third Party Administrator Value Proposition
  • Independence, Quality Assurance, Comprehensive Audits

Matt Nissen, Verus Claims Services LLC

1:45 |  Break

2:00  |  Using Predictive Analytics to Model Settlements

  • Curating Quality Data
  • Designing Rational Compensation Models
  • Predicting Case Flows

Mark Eveland, Verus Claims Services LLC

2:30  |  Administration and Processes

  • Class Action Notice and Class Action Claims Management
  • Common Goals for Administering Any Type of Settlement
  • The Three C’s of any Third Party Administrator: Communication, Coordination and Cooperation

Brett Newman, The Lien Resolution Group

Dan Myer, Verus Claims Services LLC

Lauren McGeever, Epiq Systems

3:15  |  Break

3:30  |  Lien Resolution

Brett Newman, The Lien Resolution Group

Franklin Solomon, The Solomon Law Group

4:15 |  Private Lien Programs

Ginger Susman, Providio MediSolutions, LLC

5:00 |  Adjourn


Register today for one or both events!