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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Torts Professor Named to Queen's Bench in Alberta

Professor Russ Brown of the University of Alberta has been appointed as a Justice to the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench.  Brown taught Torts, Civil Procedure, Property and Wills.  His research focused within tort law on economic loss and causation. 

- SBS

February 14, 2013 in Current Affairs, TortsProfs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Perspectives on Mass Tort Litigation at Widener

On April 16, 2013, Widener's Harrisburg, PA Campus will host Perspectives on Mass Tort Litigation.  The brochure (pdf) is here:  Download Mass Tort Symp bro 2013.  Please make plans to join us to discuss mass torts with a Pennsylvania flavor.  The schedule is as follows:

Introduction -- Dean Linda Ammons (9:00 to 9:15 a.m.)

 Panel 1 – Mass Tort Theory (9:15 to 10:30 a.m.)

  • Moderator – Professor Christopher Robinette (Widener University School of Law)
  • Professor Michael Green (Wake Forest School of Law)
  • Professor Deborah Hensler (Stanford Law School)
  • Professor Linda Mullenix (University of Texas School of Law)
  • Professor Aaron Twerski (Brooklyn Law School)

Panel 2 – Emerging Issues in Mass Tort Practice (10:30 to 11:45 a.m.)

  • Moderator – Professor Mary Kate Kearney (Widener University School of Law)
  • Hon. Thurbert Baker (McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP; Atlanta, GA)
  • John Beisner (Skadden Arps; Washington, DC)
  • Tobias Millrood (Pogust Braslow & Millrood; Philadelphia, PA)
  • Victor Schwartz (Shook, Hardy & Bacon; Washington, DC)

Lunch & DistinguishedAddress – (12:00 to 1:15 p.m.)

Introduction by Professor Christopher Robinette (Widener University School of Law)

Hon. Eduardo Robreno (E.D. Pa.) Federal Asbestos Litigation:  Black Hole or New Paradigm?

Panel 3 – Keystone State Civil Justice Issues (1:30 to 2:45 p.m.)

  • Moderator –  Amaris Elliott-Engel (Legal Intelligencer)
  • Nicholas Vari (K&L Gates; Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Nancy Winkler (Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C.; Philadelphia, PA)
  • Mark Behrens (Shook, Hardy & Bacon; Washington, DC)
  • Scott Cooper (Schmidt Kramer; Harrisburg, PA) 

Panel 4 – Asbestos-Related Bankruptcy Issues (3:00 to 4:00 p.m.)

  • Moderator –  Professor Susan Raeker-Jordan (Widener University School of Law)
  • Professor S. Todd Brown (SUNY Buffalo Law School)
  • Bruce Mattock (Goldberg, Persky & White, P.C.; Pittsburgh, PA)
  • William Shelley (Gordon & Rees, LLP; Philadelphia, PA) 

Panel 5 – Mass Torts Ethics (4:00 to 5:00 p.m.)

  • Moderator – Professor Randy Lee (Widener University School of Law)
  • Professor Sheila Scheuerman (Charleston School of Law)
  • Professor Byron Stier (Southwestern Law School) (via Skype)

--CJR

February 13, 2013 in Conferences | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

JOTWELL Torts: Goldberg on Cardi, Penfield, & Yoon

Over at JOTWELL, John Goldberg likes lots the paper Does Tort Law Deter? by Jonathan Cardi, Randy Penfield, & Albert Yoon.  His full remarks are here.

--CJR

February 12, 2013 in Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Mass Tort Filings Down 70% in Philly

The Pennsylvania Record reports that rules changes to the mass torts program at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas have resulted in a 70% drop in mass tort filings. 

- SBS

February 12, 2013 in Current Affairs, Legislation, Reforms, & Political News, MDLs and Class Actions | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, February 11, 2013

Georgia Proposes Tort Reform Bill

On Friday, Georgia state Senator Brandon Beach introduced a bill that would create a hearings-system to handle medical malpractice claims.    The proposed system would be similar to the worker's comp system:

[The bill] would create a system in which patients take complaints of doctor or hospital mistakes to a panel of physicians for hearings rather than filing lawsuits in court. If the panel concludes compensation is warranted, it pays out of a fund all providers pay into, like the no-fault system that covers on-the-job injuries.

The Augusta Chronicle has more.

- SBS

February 11, 2013 in Current Affairs, Legislation, Reforms, & Political News | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)