Mealeys Pharmaceutical Litigation 101 Conference (ME1CON)

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

Seth A. Katz, Esq., Seeger Weiss LLP,
New York

Naomi M. Wyatt, Esq.,
Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, Philadelphia

Registration Fee

The registration fee includes a continental breakfast, attendance at all conference sessions, a copy of the conference handbook on CD, networking luncheon and coffee breaks. The registration fee is $1095 for the first attendee.

How to Register

Fax is the best way to enroll, please fax this form to (610)768-0303, or 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

• Additional registrants from the same firm or company — $150 off — $945

• Government employees — one third off — $730

• Sitting judges — attend free

• Paralegals — two thirds off — $365

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.

Hotel Accommodations

The Ritz-Carlton 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 Pharmaceutical Litigation 101 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.

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.

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.

Available on Audiotape and Videotape

Mealey's Conferences On Tape is the solution for those unable to experience the educational benefits of attending a Mealey's Conference first-hand. The Conference Handbook is also available for purchase. Both are invaluable resource tools for litigation information, reference and review. Please call 1-800-MEALEYS or e-mail for more information.

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

8:00 Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 Welcome and Introductory Remarks

Seth A. Katz, Esq., Seeger Weiss LLP, New York

Naomi M. Wyatt, Esq., Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, Philadelphia

8:45 Effective Pre-Trial Procedures

Whether you’re a plaintiff or defense lawyer, you need to know the questions to ask, the information to obtain and how to effectively communicate with your client

Victoria J. Maniatis, Esq., Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C., New York

Additional speaker to be announced

9:45 Individual State Court Cases vs. Class Actions vs. the MDL

Amy Eskin, Esq., Hersh and Hersh, San Francisco

Additional speakers to be announced

10:45 Morning Break

11:00 The Essentials on FDA Information and Regulation

Thomas J. Moore, Drug Safety Research, Washington, DC

12:00 Networking Luncheon

1:15 Developing Theories of Liability and Focusing on Defenses

Peter W. Burg, Esq., Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C., Englewood, CO

Naomi M. Wyatt, Esq., Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, Philadelphia

2:15 Preemption – A Practical Guide

Michael A. London, Esq., Douglas & London, P.C., New York

John P. Lavelle, Jr, Esq., Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, Philadelphia

3:15 Afternoon Break

3:30 Identifying the Experts You Need and Working With Them Effectively

• Understanding who the potential experts are: the toxicologist,
epidemiologist, biostatistician, forensic pathologist
Michelle A. Parfitt, Esq., Ashcraft & Gerel, LLP, Washington, DC

Thomas J. Mazziotti, Esq., Alston & Bird, LLP, Atlanta

4:30 Utilizing Epidemiological Evidence in the Courtroom

John M. Restaino, Jr., Esq., Lopez, Hodes, Restaino, Milman & Skikos, Newport Beach, CA

James E. Hooper, Jr., Esq., Wheeler Trigg Kennedy LLP Denver, CO

5:30 Networking Reception

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

8:00 Continental Breakfast

8:30 Electronic Discovery in Pharmaceutical Litigation

Seth A. Katz, Esq., Seeger Weiss LLP, New York

Edward J. Sebold, Esq., Jones Day, Cleveland

9:15 Daubert/Frye Primer – A Guide to Becoming an Expert on Experts

Mitchell M. Breit, Esq., Special Counsel, Milberg Weiss Bershad & Shulman LLP, New York

Joseph B. Morton, III, Esq., Duplass, Zwain, Bourgeois & Morton PLC, Metairie, LA

10:15 Morning Break

10:30 Trial Procedures & Tactics – What Works & What Doesn’t?

Michael S. Burg, Esq., Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C., Englewood, CO

Additional speakers to be announced

11:30 Ethics Session – Panel Discussion on Mass Tort Settlement

Kelly Cambre Bogart, Esq., Duplass, Zwain, Bourgeois & Morton PLC, Metairie, LA

N. Gregory Smith, G. Frank & Winston Purvis Professor, Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Baton Rouge, LA

Additional speaker to be announced

12:30 Adjourn