3 Days in Vegas, representing over 500 Law Firms, covering 50 Mass Torts Topics

Nuts & Bolts Session

Mass Torts Nuts & Bolts Session!

We are very excited to be presenting our second Nuts & Bolts session.

This full-day seminar is designed for lawyers and paralegals who want to learn more about the mass torts world. Rather than concentrating on any one particular mass tort, this seminar explains how mass torts arise, are prosecuted, and are resolved. You can expect an emphasis on law firm operations, mass torts discovery, and mass torts court procedures.

All conference attendees have the right to attend this special session. Additionally, attorneys and paralegals have the ability to pay a limited $595 registration fee in order to attend this portion of the conference, which also includes hundreds of pages of “how to” material; breakfast & lunch on Wednesday, October 3, 2018; CLE credit; attendance at the Women’s Networking Reception; and attendance at the Wednesday night Gala Reception.

First Ever Mass Torts Nuts & Bolts Session!

We are very excited to be presenting our first ever Nuts & Bolts session.

This full-day seminar is designed for lawyers and paralegals who want to learn more about the mass torts world. Rather than concentrating on any one particular mass tort, this seminar explains how mass torts arise, are prosecuted, and are resolved. You can expect an emphasis on law firm operations, mass torts discovery, and mass torts court procedures.

All conference attendees have the right to attend this special session. Additionally, attorneys and paralegals have the ability to pay a limited $595 registration fee in order to attend this portion of the conference, which also includes hundreds of pages of “how to” material; breakfast & lunch on Wednesday, October 3, 2018; CLE credit; attendance at the Women’s Networking Reception; and attendance at the Wednesday night Gala Reception.

October 2018 Nuts & Bolts Session Agenda

TITLEDESCRIPTION
Introduction
  • What this day is all about
  • Overview and introduction to various speakers
  • What you will and won’t hear about in today’s session
What is a Mass Tort? What isn’t a Mass Tort?
  • Consolidations of many individual suits
  • The difference between a mass tort and a class action
  • Based on products liability – each state law is different
Mass Tort Forums: federal courts, the JPML, and state courts
  • The JPML and how it functions
  • Reasons why the JPML does and does not consolidate
  • Types of arguments and briefing at the JPML
  • State-court consolidations
  • Practical considerations for lawyers – where to file?
  • Remand: the end of an MDL
Finding Mass Tort Clients
  • Role of advertising
  • Issues with advertising across jurisdictions
  • Referral fees
  • Impact of common benefit fees
  • Court orders on mass tort advertising
Advancing the Mass Tort Plaintiff’s Case
  • Importance of rigorous screening
  • Accurate SOLs (injury, discovery rule, notice; impact of 50 states’ different laws)
  • Tools: quick intake; detailed questionnaire; follow-up interviews (and why)
  • Importance of documenting the file
  • Newsletters to clients
  • “Hold ‘em or fold ‘em”—when to cut
  • Where to file it?
Case-Specific Pleadings and Discovery
  • The short-form compliant
  • The Plaintiff’s Fact Sheet
  • Authorizations
  • Deficiency process
  • Plaintiff-specific discovery disputes—rarely litigated with the court
  • Deposition of the plaintiff
  • Deposition of prescribing and treating physicians
Developing the General Liability Case in Mass Torts
  • The PSC
  • Generic experts
  • Briefing for the common benefit
  • Corporate discovery
  • ESI searches. Predictive coding
  • Document repositories
  • Depositions of CEOs, marketing, science, etc.
Bellwether Trials
  • Purpose of a bellwether
  • No binding effect, but can set clear precedent for settlement
  • Evidence decisions also may set precedent
  • Selection process, and pros and cons of various courts’ approaches
  • Pros and cons to agreeing to try your case as a bellwether (who tries it?)
  • Trial features: length of trial; general liability witnesses and documents; jury instructions; attended by corporate reps; televised
Mass Torts Settlement Concepts and Processes
  • Inventory settlements vs. global settlements
  • Settlement grids
  • Unique features of mass torts distribution sheets
  • Third party settlement administrators
  • Lien resolution process
  • Sample Medicare/Medicaid/private lien resolution agreements
  • Impact of bankruptcy and probate