Thursday, February 14, 2013
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.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
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)
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
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.
Monday, February 11, 2013
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.