Mealeys Benzene Litigation Conference (BNZCON)

Venue: The Ritz-Carlton Hotel

Location: Phoenix, Arizona, United States

Event Date/Time: Oct 17, 2005 End Date/Time: Oct 18, 2005
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Conference Chaired by

David C. Allen, Esq., Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP,
Los Angeles

R. Dean Hartley, Esq., Hartley & O’Brien, Wheeling, WV

Registration Fee

The registration fee includes two breakfasts, a networking luncheon, attendance at all conference sessions, a copy of the conference handbook on CD, a 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)768-0880, 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*

• Early-Bird registration — by 8/26/05 $300 off — $845

• 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

* Cannot be combined with any other offer.

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 October 3rd will receive a full refund. Registrants canceling from October 4th-October 9th will receive a full credit towards another Mealey’s conference. Cancellations made after October 9th 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 2401 East Camelback Road, just 20 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Attendees should make reservations directly with the hotel by calling 602-468-0700. When making reservations, indicate that you are attending Mealey’s Benzene Litigation Conference, October 17-18, 2005. A block of rooms has been reserved for attendees at a rate of $229 a night for a single or double room. The cut-off date for this rate is September 26th. 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

Mealey’s Audio Service allows you to bring the best of our live programs to your home or office. Call 1-800-MEALEYS or email for more information and pricing on the audiotape version of this conference. Visit for a complete list of available audio programs.

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, October 17, 2005

8:00 Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 Welcome & Introductory Remarks

R. Dean Hartley, Esq., Hartley & O’Brien, Wheeling, WV

David C. Allen, Esq., Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Los Angeles

9:15 Benzene Litigation: An Overview to Date

R. Dean Hartley, Esq., Hartley & O’Brien Wheeling, WV

David C. Allen, Esq., Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Los Angeles

10:15 Medical Perspectives on Benzene Exposure: Hematology

Speakers to be announced

11:15 Medical Perspectives on Benzene Exposure: Toxicology & Epidemiology

Speakers to be announced

12:30 Networking Luncheon

2:00 Medical Perspectives on Benzene Exposure: Genetics

Speakers to be announced

3:00 Afternoon Break

3:15 How Low Can You Go? Measuring Exposure to Benzene

Stephen Petty, PE, CIH, President, EES Group, Inc., Dublin, OH

Myron A. Mehlman, PhD, Adjunct Professor, Community & Preventative Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Princeton, NJ

4:15 Networking Reception

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

8:30 Continental Breakfast

9:00 State of the Art

J. Keith Hyde, Esq., Provost * Umphrey Law Firm, L.L.P., Beaumont, TX

Robert D. Brownson, Esq., Brownson & Ballou, PLLP, Minneapolis, MN

10:00 Morning Break

10:15 A Survey of the Law on Causation

Bruce J. Berger, Esq., Spriggs & Hollingsworth, Washington, DC

Lance H. Lubel, Esq., Heard, Robins, Cloud & Lubel, LLP, Houston

11:15 Benzene Case Screening Wrap-Up

This panel session will include a discussion of appropriate case screening procedures taking into consideration all of the medical & legal considerations covered in earlier program sessions.

David C. Strouss, Esq., Thornton & Naumes LLP, Boston

Additional speakers to be announced

12:15 Adjourn