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In Person Seminar

2023 Product Liability Conference


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49 Hours 30 Minutes
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Join us in Austin, Texas, for the 2023 DRI Product Liability Conference. Hear from world-class speakers on topics that impact defense practitioners in product liability cases while expanding your professional network. Learn the latest in product recall news, elevate your expertise on product liability issues arising from the expansion of artificial intelligence, and examine the impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on jury selection strategies. A special Fireside Chat on Supply Chain (the New Normal) will also address how issues in the supply chain affect product liability cases.

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Agenda

Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Registration
Date/Time: Wed, Feb 01, 2023 - 11:00A to 07:00P (CST)
Location: Waterloo Pre-Function (Level 5)
Specialized Litigation Groups (SLG) Session 1: (1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
Food Law and Consumer Goods & Office Equipment (Joint Session)
Date/Time: Wed, Feb 01, 2023 - 01:00P to 03:00P (CST)
Location: Waller Salon A (Level 3)
Scaffolds, Cranes & Aerial Devices and ACMIE (Joint Session)
Date/Time: Wed, Feb 01, 2023 - 01:00P to 03:00P (CST)
Location: Waller Salon E (Level 3)
Recreational Products and Power & Hand Tools (Joint Session)
Date/Time: Wed, Feb 01, 2023 - 01:00P to 03:00P (CST)
Location: Room 405 (Level 4)
Young Lawyers Breakout
Date/Time: Wed, Feb 01, 2023 - 01:00P to 03:00P (CST)
Location: Room 603 (Level 6)
Product Liability Committee Meeting (open to all)
Date/Time: Wed, Feb 01, 2023 - 03:15P to 03:45P (CST)
Location: Room 405 (Level 4)
Smaller Networking Events (on your own)
Date/Time: Wed, Feb 01, 2023 - 03:45P to 05:45P (CST)
Networking/Cocktail Hour
Date/Time: Wed, Feb 01, 2023 - 06:00P to 07:00P (CST)
Location: Waterloo Pre-Function (Level 5)
Networking Event at Speakeasy (on your own)
Date/Time: Wed, Feb 01, 2023 - 09:30P to 11:30P (CST)
Location: Speakeasy: 412 Congress Ave. D, Austin, TX 78701

Thursday, February 2, 2023
Registration
Date/Time: Thu, Feb 02, 2023 - 08:00A to 05:00P (CST)
Location: Waterloo Pre-Function (Level 5)
Coffee & Conversations
Date/Time: Thu, Feb 02, 2023 - 08:00A to 09:00A (CST)
Location: Waterloo Pre-Function (Level 5)
Welcome and Introduction
Date/Time: Thu, Feb 02, 2023 - 09:00A to 09:10A (CST)
Speaker(s): Roman Lifson , Chip Adams
Location: Waterloo Ballroom 3-6 (Level 5)
Fireside Chat with CPSC Commissioner Peter Feldman
Date/Time: Thu, Feb 02, 2023 - 09:10A to 10:00A (CST)
Speaker(s): Peter Feldman , Joe Mohorovic
Location: Waterloo Ballroom 3-6 (Level 5)
Creative Strategies when Presenting Corporate Witnesses
Date/Time: Thu, Feb 02, 2023 - 10:00A to 10:50A (CST)
Speaker(s): William Purnell , Peter Querubin , Beth Mykytiuk , Brian Wolensky
Location: Waterloo Ballroom 3-6 (Level 5)
Coffee Break
Date/Time: Thu, Feb 02, 2023 - 10:50A to 11:10A (CST)
Location: Waterloo Pre-Function (Level 5)
The New Normal and How "Supply Chains" Can and Will Impact Product Liability
Date/Time: Thu, Feb 02, 2023 - 11:10A to 12:05P (CST)
Speaker(s): Dean Martinez , Nate Walker , Craig Dupen
Location: Waterloo Ballroom 3-6 (Level 5)
Best Tips for Safety Recalls
Date/Time: Thu, Feb 02, 2023 - 12:05P to 12:30P (CST)
Speaker(s): Marie-Claude Simard
Location: Waterloo Ballroom 3-6 (Level 5)
Networking Luncheon (at the hotel) - ticket included in registration price
Date/Time: Thu, Feb 02, 2023 - 12:30P to 01:30P (CST)
Location: Moontower Hall
DRI Cares - Caritas of Austin
Date/Time: Thu, Feb 02, 2023 - 01:15P to 02:00P (CST)
Location: Moontower Hall
Corporate Counsel Breakout
Date/Time: Thu, Feb 02, 2023 - 01:30P to 02:30P (CST)
Location: Waller Salon E (Level 3)
Future is Now: Liability Exposure for Products that are Connected and Infused with Artificial Intelligence
Date/Time: Thu, Feb 02, 2023 - 02:00P to 02:45P (CST)
Speaker(s): George Wray , Tina Georgieva , Keith Steenlage , Zach Bonefas , Mert Howard
Location: Waterloo Ballroom 3-6 (Level 5)
Quick Hit – Lessons Learned from Losing a Multi-Million Dollar Product Liability Case as Outside Counsel
Date/Time: Thu, Feb 02, 2023 - 02:45P to 03:15P (CST)
Speaker(s): Philippa Ellis
Location: Waterloo Ballroom 3-6 (Level 5)
Break
Date/Time: Thu, Feb 02, 2023 - 03:15P to 03:30P (CST)
Location: Waterloo Pre-Function (Level 5)
Navigating the Pitfalls of Virtual Hearings and Court Appearances
Date/Time: Thu, Feb 02, 2023 - 03:30P to 04:20P (CST)
Speaker(s): Brett Busby , Dustin Howell , Roy Ferguson
Location: Waterloo Ballroom 3-6 (Level 5)
Post-Pandemic Juries – How Things Have Changed
Date/Time: Thu, Feb 02, 2023 - 04:20P to 05:15P (CST)
Speaker(s): Kristine Campbell , Imoh E. Akpan
Location: Waterloo Ballroom 3-6 (Level 5)
Premier Networking Reception (ticket included in seminar registration)
Date/Time: Thu, Feb 02, 2023 - 06:00P to 08:00P (CST)
Location: Bull & Bowl, 501 W 6th St #200, Austin, TX 78701

Friday, February 3, 2023
Registration
Date/Time: Fri, Feb 03, 2023 - 07:30A to 11:00A (CST)
Location: Waterloo Pre-Function (Level 5)
Coffee Service
Date/Time: Fri, Feb 03, 2023 - 07:30A to 08:00A (CST)
Location: Waterloo Pre-Function (Level 5)
SLG Session 2 (Friday 8:00 a.m. –10:00 a.m.)
Digital Evidence & Emerging Technologies and Trial Techniques (Joint Session)
Date/Time: Fri, Feb 03, 2023 - 08:00A to 10:00A (CST)
Location: Waterloo Ballroom 3 (Level 5)

DIGITAL EVIDENCE & EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES
Chair | Matthew D. Gurbach, Bricker & Eckler, Cleveland, OH
Vice Chair | James M. Dedman, IVGallivan, White & Boyd, Charlotte, NC
Marketing Chair | R. Andrew WaldenWomble Bond Dickinson, LLP, Charleston, SC

Can We Trust What We See? - Deep Fakes and the Manipulation of Digital Evidence Using Crafty Edits, Artificial Intelligence, Selective Omission, and Good Ole’ Fashion Fabrication
A picture may not be worth a thousand words. Specifically, if the picture is altered, manipulated, or faked. During this session, we will explore the tactical and practical considerations for practitioners and companies relating to alteration of digital evidence such as photographs and videos.

Moderator
Matthew GurbachBricker & Eckler LLP, Cleveland, OH

Casey S. ErickCowles Thompson, Dallas, TX
Collin WarrenFisher Phillips, Houston, TX
Don VilferDigital Evidence Ventures, Roseville, CA

TRIAL TECHNIQUES
Chair | Jeffrey C. WarrenBowman & Brooke, Phoenix, AZ
Vice Chair | Tom BazemoreHuie, Birmingham, AL

Preserving Issues for Appeal: Common Trial Lawyer Errors and Strategies for Preventing Them

Michael EadyThompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, LLP, Austin, TX
Raffi MelkonianWright Close & Barger, Houston, TX

Fire Science & Litigation and Building Products (Joint Session)
Date/Time: Fri, Feb 03, 2023 - 08:00A to 10:00A (CST)
Location: Waterloo Ballroom 4 (Level 5)

FIRE SCIENCE & LITIGATION
Chair | Andrew E. SteadMcMillan, Calgary, Canada
Vice Chair | Allison WaaseKaufman Borgeest & Ryan, LLP, Westchester, NY

How to Best Challenge Fire Cause-and-Origin Opinions Under NFPA 921
NFPA 921 is the preeminent guide for fire investigations and is referenced in a majority of court decisions involving Daubert challenges to fire cause-and-origin opinions. Despite its acceptance among fire investigators and courts across the country, courts refuse to elevate it to the standard for reliability under the Rules of Evidence. This creates a predicament for litigators who challenge fire investigators’ cause-and-origin opinions because the case law is unclear about how closely an expert needs to follow NFPA 921’s methodology to support reliable opinions. This presentation will provide an in-depth discussion of these and related issues.

Haley A. JohnstonFrost Brown Todd, Indianapolis, IN
Nora BloomNavistar, Lisle, IL
Amy E. GrayESI, Miami, FL

BUILDING PRODUCTS
Chair | Rachel CooperMcMillan, Toronto, Canada
Vice Chair | Lindsay ZanelloDechert LLP, New York, New York

HVAC Liability
Exploring ventilation systems, airborne diseases, and associated liability/contracts/new building products, and reflecting on the pivots and forward-thinking changes that came from COVID-19-learned lessons.

Ian BotnickJohnson Controls, Inc., Naperville, Illinois
Marty UpchurchS-E-A, Fishers, Indiana

Children’s Products & Manufacturers’ Risk (Joint Session)
Date/Time: Fri, Feb 03, 2023 - 08:00A to 10:00A (CST)
Location: Waterloo Ballroom 5-6 (Level 5)

CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS
Chair | Rachel RemkeArent Fox Schiff, Chicago, IL
Vice Chair | Mitchell W. TaraschiConnell Foley, Roseland, NJ

California’s Gender-Neutral Toy Law
California passed a law that requires that large stores have a “gender-neutral” section to display a “reasonable selection” of gender-neutral. This presentation will provide an overview of the law and its requirements, a discussion of whether the law only applies to “childcare items,” and a conversation regarding whether this law suggests a larger trend toward these types of requirements on manufacturers of all products, not just childcare items.

Merton HowardHanson Bridgett, San Francisco, CA
Shannon NessierHanson Bridgett, San Francisco, CA

MANUFACTURER'S RISK
Chair | Jason R. GagnonCarmody Law, Waterbury, CT
Vice Chair | Denis F. AliaCetrulo, LLP, Boston MA

Direct to Consumer Marketing
The pandemic forced many manufacturers of products traditionally sold through authorized retailers to market directly to consumers … examples include higher-end bicycles, e-bikes, e-scooters etc. What are the pit-falls/benefits of this decision? Are there products that are too complicated/dangerous to fit this model? What are best practices for warnings/instructions for these types of products? This presentation will discuss these questions.

Cheryl PossentiGoldberg Segalla, Clarence, NY
Steven Hall, M.S.E. CPSMApplied Safety and Ergonomics, Ann Arbor, MI
David CampbellCycling Sports Group, Oakland, CA

CPSC Unilateral Releases
What are the trends in the industry with CPSC use of unilateral releases, best practices for dealing with a unilateral release and best practices for minimizing use as evidence in products liability cases? This presentation will explore these questions and more.

Hon. Ann Marie BuerkleWilliams and Jensen, PLLC, Washington, D.C.

Coffee Break
Date/Time: Fri, Feb 03, 2023 - 10:00A to 10:30A (CST)
Location: Waterloo Pre-Function (Level 5)
SLG Session 3 (Friday 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.)
Automotive and Biomechanics & Injury Causation (Joint Session)
Date/Time: Fri, Feb 03, 2023 - 10:30A to 12:30P (CST)
Location: Waterloo Ballroom 5-6 (Level 5)

AUTOMOTIVE
Chair | Elizabeth L. MoyoPorter Wright, Columbus, OH
Vice Chair | Natalie J. EschbachLitchfield Cavo, Chicago, IL

Don’t Forget your Biomechanics Expert can Help the Jury Understand the Medical Aspects of your Case
Understanding the extent of how a biomechanical engineer may help you with the medical aspects of your case during discovery and at trial. During discovery, a biomechanical engineer can help you know what to ask for and interpret the medical records that you receive. At trial, a biomechanical engineer may be able to offer medical opinions.

Lisa GwinBiodynamic Research Corporation, San Antonio, TX
Cary SlobinNelson Mullins, Plano, TX

BIOMECHANICS & INJURY CAUSATION
Chair | John W. HalpinLaffey, Leitner & Goode, LLC, Milwaukee, WI
Vice Chair | Megan E. CookTeague Campbell, Asheville, NC

In-House Experts: How to Identify and Use Them
In-house and outside counsel will speak to how they have identified, developed, and used in-house experts. The presentation will include a lively discussion on why use an in-house expert instead of a third-party expert, how to train an in-house expert, whether you should provide a report from the in-house expert and whether the in-house expert can also serve as your 30(b)(6) witness.

Moderator
William E. McDonald, IIIBush Seyferth, PLLC, Troy, MI

Konrad PilatowiczU-Haul International, Inc., Phoenix, AZ
Reed Cochran DarseyStellantis, Auburn Hills, MI
Matt KingIMMI, Westfield, IN
James R. Chinni, P.E.Engineering Answers, LLC, Noblesville, IN

Aviation and Aerospace
Date/Time: Fri, Feb 03, 2023 - 10:30A to 12:30P (CST)
Location: Waterloo Ballroom 3 (Level 5)

Chair | Brad BrownJackson Walker, Dallas, TX
Vice Chair | Conor A. McLaughlinThompson Hine, Cleveland, OH

Emerging Aviation Issues
Hear an exciting panel discussion about emerging aviation issues involving 3-D printing technologies, artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles. Learn about how these issues are developing in litigation matters and are affecting product liability risks, as well as the legal considerations for the use of the different technologies. The panel will discuss recent case law addressing these subjects and their potential impact on established product liability law.

Bridget McGrawGE Aviation, Cincinnati, OH
Daniel RidlonPerkins Coie LLP, Seattle, WA

Mass Torts & Class Actions and Chemical & Toxic Tort (Joint Session)
Date/Time: Fri, Feb 03, 2023 - 10:30A to 12:30P (CST)
Location: Waterloo Ballroom 4 (Level 5)

MASS TORTS & CLASS ACTIONS
Chair | Mary Delli QuadriGascon, Montreal, Canada
Vice Chair | Maude Lafortune BelairLavery, Montreal, Canada

Opioid Litigation and Defenses – A Comparison
This presentation addresses the types of opioid actions proceeding in Canada including some of the tort claims that are being advanced, such as public nuisance claims, as well as lessons that can be learnt from the Tobacco litigation in Canada and lessons from the settlements arrived at to date. On each of these topics, this presentation will highlight differences or similarities with the opioid litigation in the US.

Myriam BrixiLavery, Montreal, Canada
Kelsey SherriffMiller Thomson, Vancouver, Canada

CHEMICAL & TOXIC TORT
Chair | Luis A. LeitzelarBienvenu, Bonnecaze, Foco & Viator, LLC, Baton Rouge, LA
Vice Chair | George R. WrayBLG, Toronto, Canada

Comprehensive Practice Update
This dynamic panel will provide an informative look at the current state of e-discovery obligations and costs for litigants, as well as personal jurisdiction and its impact on chemical and toxic tort litigation. The panelists will also discuss their insights on issues surrounding equitable imposition of successor liability, and a review of developments in “popcorn” litigation.

April ByrdEckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, Philadelphia, PA
Luis A. LeitzelarBienvenu, Bonnecaze, Foco & Viator, LLC, Baton Rouge, LA

Adjourn
Date/Time: Fri, Feb 03, 2023 - 12:30P to 12:35P (CST)

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