Mealeys Ephedra & PPA Litigation Conference (PPACON)

Venue: The Ritz-Carlton Hotel

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

Event Date/Time: Jun 13, 2005 End Date/Time: Jun 14, 2005
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Conference Chaired by

Anne Andrews, Esq., Andrews & Thornton,
Santa Ana, CA

Ted B. Carey, III, Esq., Robinson & Cole LLP,

Registration Fee

The registration fee includes continental breakfast each day, one luncheon, attendance at all conference sessions, a copy of the conference handbook on CD, networking reception, and coffee breaks. The registration fee is $1145 for the first attendee.

How to Register

Fax is the best way to enroll, allowing us to attend to your registration immediately. Please fax this form to (610)768-0303, call 1-800-MEALEYS, (610)768-7800, e-mail or mail this form with payment to Mealey Publications, P.O. Box 62090, King of Prussia, PA 19406-0230. Receipt of payment guarantees your registration.

Special Discounts

• Corporate Discount — $200 off — $945

• Additional registrants from the same firm or company — $150 off — $995

• Government employees — one-third off — $765

• Sitting judges — attend free

• Paralegals — two-thirds off — $380

Special Needs

Should you have any special needs, please contact Mealey’s at least three weeks prior to the conference, to allow us time to make reasonable accommodations.

Cancellation Policy

Registrants who cancel on or before May 30th will receive a full refund. Registrants canceling from May 31st-June 6th will receive a full credit towards another Mealey’s conference. Cancellations made after June 6th will be subject to a 25% administrative fee; the remaining amount will be credited towards another Mealey’s conference. Credits must be used within one year of the date of issuance. Attendees who are paid in full and do not attend the conference forfeit a refund or a credit voucher. Substitutions may be made at any time.

Hotel Accommodations

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel is located at 921 Canal Street, just 30 minutes from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. Attendees should make reservations directly with the hotel by calling 504-524-1331. When making reservations, indicate that you are attending Mealey’s Ephedra *& PPA Litigation Conference, June 13-14, 2005. A block of rooms has been reserved for attendees at a rate of $189 a night for a single or double room. The cut-off date for this rate is May 23rd. After that date, this rate will be offered based on space availability. Please note, there are a limited number of rooms in our room block so make your reservations early.

For alternative hotels and rates, please call us at (610) 768-7800.

Conference on Audiotape

If you cannot attend this conference, take advantage of our new audiotape conference service. For more information call 1-800-MEALEYS or e-mail

CLE Credit

Credits will be available from all states with mandatory requirements. For more information visit and click on ‘CLE Credit’, or call 1-800-MEALEYS.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Please call 1-800-MEALEYS for more information on exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities.

Speakers, sessions and times may be subject to last-minute changes.

Monday, June 13, 2005

9:15 Ephedra Case Evaluation and Science Update

Edward Blonz, PhD, FACN

John Thornton, Andrews & Thornton

10:00 Status of the Ephedra MDL, the California Coordination and Recent Verdicts in Texas and California

Steven Skikos, Lopez Hodes Restaino Milman & Skikos

Edward Blizzard, Blizzard McCarthy & Nabers

11:00 Morning Break

11:15 Expert Admissibility in Ephedra Cases

Robert Rikard, Whetstone Myers Perkins & Young

Leslie O’Leary, Williams Love O’Leary Craine & Powers

12:15 Networking Luncheon

1:15 Ephedra/PPA Bankruptcies and Insurance Coverage – Dexatrim and TL Bankruptcy Plans – The Wave of the Future

David Molton, Buchanan Ingersoll

Tommy Fibich, Fibich Hampton & Leebron

2:30 PPA MDL: Recent rulings, Status, and Life Expectancy

Lance Palmer, Levinson Friedman

Additional speaker to be announced

3:30 Afternoon Break

3:45 The Korean Study: How it is being Used/Opposed and
its Impact on the PPA Litigation

Ted Carey, Robinson & Cole

Hunter Shkolnik, Rheingold Valet Rheingold Shkolnik
& McCartney

4:45 Networking Reception

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

8:00 Continental Breakfast

9:00 PPA Causation: Specific Causation Challenges
and Responses

Steven Rotman, Robinson & Cole

10:00 Status of the Dexatrim Settlement

Ramon Lopez, Lopez Hodes Restaino Milman & Skikos

Ken Seeger, Seeger Salvas

Ron Meneo, The Meneo Law Group

10:45 Morning Break

11:00 PPA Trials and Settlements: Is the end in sight?

Moderator: Ted Carey, Robinson & Cole

Ellen Relkin, Weitz & Luxenberg

Michael Weinkowitz, Levin Fishbein Sedran & Berman

12:00 Adjourn