Recording Date: May 26, 2010
Duration: 109 minutes
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Agenda & Speakers

  • Deepwater Horizon incident – Status update
    – Efforts to stop the leak
    – Oil “plume” movements
    – Cleanup efforts
  • Environmental effects
    – Wildlife effects
    – Shoreline habitat effects
    – Off-shore ecological effects
  • Economic effects
    – Commercial fishing effects
    – Effects on recreation use by the public
    – Effects on tourism-dependent businesses
    – Effects on state and local governments
  • Legal Frame Works
    -Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA)
    – OCSLA
    -General maritime law considerations
    -Potential for limitation of liability
    -Choice of law considerations
    -Wrongful death claims under DOHSA and general maritime law
  • The Typical Claimants, the Nature of Claims, and What Theories of Liability will Prevail?
    -State tort law options
    -Special considerations with trust funds
    -Unique state law issues for insurers in direct action states like Louisiana
  • Lawsuits Filed to Date, Where and MDL Update
  • Criminal Consequences
  • Analysis of Insurance Coverage Issues for Losses
    -Applicable policies
    -Types of coverage including property, business interruption, extra expense, ingress/egress, environmental, event cancellation, and trade disruption
    -Potential insurer defenses

Allan Kanner, Esq., Kanner & Whiteley, L.L.C., New Orleans
Mark S. Laska, Ph.D., President, Great Ecology & Environments, New York

Rick Dunford, Ph.D., Environmental Economics Services, LLC, Raleigh , NC
Christopher Kende, Esq., Cozen O’Connor, New York (HB VIDEO)
Selena J. Linde, Esq., Partner & Insurance Coverage Deputy Practice Leader, Dickstein Shapiro LLP, Washington, DC (HB VIDEO