19th Annual Complex Litigation Symposium

Registration: 7:30-8 a.m.
Seminar: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Co-Sponsored by the Insurance, Tort, Workers Compensation and Admiralty Law Section
Co-Sponsored by the Civil Law and Litigation Section

This symposium features the nation’s leading complex litigation academicians, jurists and members of the bar. These are the folks that are writing about, presiding over and litigating the most significant cases in the country.

Click COMPLEX LITIGATION to download seminar flyer.

Registration Fees, Cancellations and Refunds

• Section Members .......... $295 / $320 after Nov. 1
• Non Section Members ....... $320 / $345 after Nov. 1
(The fee includes electronic course materials, seminar attendance and coffee/refreshment breaks.)

On-Site Registrants will be provided the link to download electronic course materials at the time of registration. Printed seminar manuals will be available for purchase at the seminar.

Cancellation of registration must be received in writing by the LSBA no later than Nov. 1. Cancellations will receive a full refund, less a $25 administrative charge. Absolutely no refunds will be made after Nov. 1.

Hotel Information:
Although the LSBA does not have a room block at the Windsor Court Hotel, discount rates for LSBA members may be available. Contact: Reservations at (800) 262-2662, visit Windsor Court Hotel or email to reserve a room. Be sure to mention Promo Code: LABAR. Availability is not guaranteed. Prevailing rates may apply.

For more information, contact: CLE Dept. at (800) 421-5722

Annette Buras               Bridget Berins
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Richard J. Arsenault • Neblett, Beard & Arsenault • Alexandria

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. - (.25 credits)
Program Overview 
Richard J. Arsenault

The rules regarding Mass Torts are still emerging and undergoing constant change; particularly regarding technological developments. As such, the Manual for Complex Litigation encourages innovation and creativity, along with this instructive guidance.

“Much complex litigation, therefore, will take the judge and counsel into sparsely chartered terrain with little guidance on how to respond to pressing needs for effective management.  Practices and principles that served in the past may not be adequate, their adoption may be difficult and controversial, and novel and innovative ways may have to be found.”

While Complex litigation may be a macrocosm of individual litigation, it requires a considerably different skill set. The increased risk leaves unchartered waters in its wake. It's often “bet the company” litigation for all sides. Managing chaos becomes an important asset. And all of this is superimposed on unique and challenging ethical conundrums.

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. - (1 credit)
Ethics Associated With Complex Litigation
• Third Party Litigation Funding, Hedge Fund Invasion, and D.C. Rules Which Allow Fee Sharing With Non-Lawyers
• Leadership’s Competing Obligations to the Court vs. Clients
• Leadership Allegiances Owed to Their Clients vs. Other Counsel vs. Clients of Other Counsel
• Aggregate Settlements Done Correctly
• Mandatory Ethical Requirements Regarding Technology Skills
• The Chilling Impacts of Blogs and Judicial Hell Hole labels. Ethical?
• Attorneys Must Take Reasonable Cyber Security Steps (ABA Opinion 477)
• Ethical Issues Implicated With Social Media

Moderator:      Professor Lynn Baker 
Panelists:        John Sherk, Jane Lamberti, Val Exnicios, Rachel Lanier, Hunter Lundy and Jason F. Giles 

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. - (1 credit)
Critical Complex Litigation Components
• The Selection of MDL Judges and Venue:  What Arguments Resonate?
• Where to Litigate? Peacefully Co-existing in Parallel Universes; Fed/State Coordination
• Current JPML trends
• Data/Technology and Early Case Vetting
•  Function and Scope of Preservation and Protective Orders
• Litigation Holds/Spoliation Sanctions
• Confidentiality and the De-Designation Process
• ESI Fee Shifting
• Bundling
• Direct Filing in MDLs
• Multi-plaintiff Trials
• Videotaping of Trials

Moderator:      Professor Jaime Dodge 
Panelists:        Hon. Eldon E. Fallon, James Williams, Lori Cohen, James Murdica, and Justin Presnal

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.

10:45 – 11:30 a.m. - (.75 credit)
Game Changing Rulings
• Jurisdictional Landscape Following BMS
• Preemption Status
• Lone Pine Orders
• Proposed Amendment to Federal Rules Providing Interlocutory Appeals from MDL Judge’s Orders

Moderator:      Professor Tom Galligan
Panelists:        Jane Lamberti, Nick Drakulich, Khaldoun Bagdadi and Brian Devine

11:30 – 12:00 p.m. - (.5 credits)
Litigating in the Digital Age
• Finding the Confidentiality and Privilege Log Designation Sweet Spot vs. Overdesignation
• Privilege Logs Created Through Artificial Intelligence.
• Leveraging, E-Technology; Production, Protection, and Management of Electronically Stored Data (Predictive Coding vs. Search Terms)

Moderator:     Special Master Gary Russo
Panelist:        Hon. Glenn Norton and Joe Thorpe

12:00 – 1:15 p.m. - (1.25 credits)
Keynote Speaker: “Trying Cases to the iGeneration”
W. Mark Lanier 

1:15 – 2:00 p.m. - (.75 credits)
Steering Committees
• Selection Process Criteria, Commitment, and Capital
• Deference to Private Ordering
• Should Defendants Have Any Involvement in the PSC Formation Process?
• Cautionary Observations Regarding Common Benefit Fees
• The Impact of Litigation Funding on Both Sides of the “V”
• Rules of Engagement; Monitoring Time and Expenses

Moderator:      W. Mark Lanier 
Panelists:        Hon. Carl Barbier, Lynn Luker, John Hooper and Richard J. Arsenault

2:00 – 2:30 p.m. - (.5 credits)
Complex Litigation Witnesses
• Witnesses Appearing Via Satellite Transmission
• Apex Witness Depositions
• Videotaping Witness Trial Testimony

Moderator:      Professor James Wren 
Panelists:        Jeff Bassett, Raymond Silverman, Lori Cohen and Melanie Muhlstock

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. - (1 credit)
Managing MDLs Along with Its Chaos
• A fundamental challenge with mass litigation is providing due process to both plaintiffs and defendants. (Having said that, the term "rough justice" is heard with regularity.)
• Bellwether Function, Selection Process, and Trial Protocol
• Role of Lexecon and Waivers
• Transferee Judges Sitting in the Transferor Court
• What is the Pretrial Discovery as Contemplated in the MDL Statute?
• Judicially Imposed Trial Time Limits:  Chess Clocks
• MDL Exit Strategies Including Suggestions of Remand
• Role of Wall Street and Main Street in Resolution.
• Settlement Strategies?  Global vs. Inventory vs. Top Down vs. Bottom Up? Court’s Role? 
• Post Settlement Issues:  Qualified Settlement Funds, Allocations, Special Needs Trusts, Liens, Bankruptcies and Loans

Moderator:      Hon. Ken Starr
Panelists:        Professor Jaime Dodge, Tony Clayton, Dawn Chmielewski, John Hooper and Blake Deady

3:30 – 3:45 p.m.

3:45 – 4:30 p.m. - (.75 credits)
Rapid Fire Mass Tort Update
• Roundup Products Liability Litigation - MDL 2741
• National Prescription Opiate Litigation – MDL 2804
• 3M Combat Arms Earplug Products Liability Litigation - MDL 2885
• Talcum Powder Litigation (Ovarian Cancer and Mesothelioma cases)
• Hernia Mesh Litigation (Ethicon Physiomesh - MDL 2782, C.R. Bard Polypropylene Hernia Mesh - MDL 2846, etc)
• Transvaginal Mesh (TVM) Litigation
• Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filters Litigation
• Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI) Litigation
• Onglyza & Kombiglyze XR Litigation (MDL 2809)
• Hip Implant Litigations (Biomet, Wright, Zimmer, DePuy etc)
• Zostavax (Zoster Vaccine Live) Products Liability Litigation – MDL 2848
• Valsartan Products Liability Litigation – MDL 2875

Moderator:      Jennifer Moore
Panelists:        Yvonne Flaherty, Todd Mathews, Melanie Muhlstock, Dustin Carter and Caitlyn McDonough

4:30 – 5:00 p.m. - (.75 credits)
Managing MDLs and Mass Torts with the Assistance of Special Masters
• Creating, rather than managing chaos, has become part of the litigation arsenal. What is the Special Master role in dealing with delay, obstruction, and litigation fatigue?
• Developing Initial Case Management Orders Which Control the Litigation Process
• Developing a Protocol for the Production of Electronically Stored Data
• Coordinating Motion Practice
• Resolving Discovery Disputes
• Supervising Depositions
• Overseeing Settlement Negotiations
• Allocating Settlement Proceeds

Moderator:      Hon. Glenn Norton
Panelists:        Special Master Kenneth DeJean, Special Master Gary Russo, James Williams, Lindsey Cheek and Bob Drakulich

Richard J Arsenault
Neblett, Beard & Arsenault • Alexandria

Thomas Anapol
Anapol, Schwartz, Weiss, Cohon, Feldman & Smalley • Philadelphia, PA

Khaldoun A. Baghdadi
Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger • San Francisco, CA

Professor Lynn Baker
University of Texas Law School • Austin, TX

Hon. Carl J. Barbier
U.S. District Court, Eastern Dist. of LA • New Orleans

Jeffrey M. Bassett
Morrow, Morrow, Ryan, Bassett & Haik • Opelousas

Dustin Carter
Neblett, Beard & Arsenault • Alexandria

Dawn M. Chmielewski
Neblett, Beard & Arsenault • Alexandria

Tony Clayton
Attorney at Law • Port Allen

Lori Cohen
Greenberg Traurig • Atlanta, GA

Jayne Conroy
Simmons Hanly Conroy • New York, NY

Special Master Kenneth W. DeJean
Attorney at Law • Lafayette

Brian Devine
Seeger Salvas • San Francisco, CA

Professor Jaime L. Dodge
Emory University Law School • Atlanta, GA

Nicholas Drakulich
The Drakulich Firm • San Diego, CA

Robert Drakulich
The Drakulich Firm • San Diego, CA

Kyle H. Dreyer
Baylor University Law School • Waco, TX

Val P. Exnicios
Liska, Exnicios, Nungesser • New Orleans

Hon. Eldon E. Fallon
US Dist. Court, Eastern District of LA • New Orleans

Yvonne M. Flaherty
Lockridge Grindal Nauen • Minneapolis, MN

Hon. Patrick J. Hanna
US Dist. Court, Western District of LA • Lafayette

Jane Lamberti
The Cochran Firm • Atlanta, GA

Mark Lanier
The Lanier Law Firm • Houston, TX

Rachel Lanier
The Lanier Law Firm • New York, NY

Lynn Luker
Stanley, Reuter, Ross, Thornton & Alford • New Orleans

Hunter W. Lundy
Lundy, Lundy, Soileau & South • Lake Charles

Todd Matthews
Holland Law Firm • St. Louis, MO

Professor Arthur R. Miller
New York University Law School • New York, NY

Jennifer A. Moore
Moore Law Group • Louisville, KY

Melanie Muhlstock
Parker Waichman • Port Washington, NY

James F. Murdica
Barnes & Thornburg • Chicago, IL

Hon. Glenn Norton (ret.)
Norton Dispute Resolution • St Louis, MO

Joseph F. Rice
Motley Rice • Mt. Pleasant, SC

Special Master Gary J. Russo
Jones Walker • Lafayette

John K. Sherk
Shook, Hardy & Bacon • San Francisco, CA

Raymond C. Silverman
Parker Waichman • Port Washington, NY

Hon. Kenneth Starr
Baylor University • Waco, TX

Joseph Thorpe
International Litigation Services • Aliso Viejo, CA

Aimee H. Wagstaff
Andrus Wagstaff • Lakewood, CO

James M. Williams
Chehardy, Sherman, Williams, Murray, Recile, Stakelum & Hayes • Metairie

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