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2014 DRI Products Liability Conference

Collins Lacy P.C. - Columbia Office

June 12, 2014

Previously published on February 2014

This conference is always outstanding. I try to attend it each year because (1) the programming keeps me updated from a practice standpoint, and (2) now that I have attended for a few years, there are more and more “familiar faces” for networking purposes. I have made some great friends, and I have also gotten referrals from contacts made at the conference. In my opinion, it is a “must attend” if you defend products liability cases.

In addition, I am in my first year serving as Chair of the Agricultural, Construction, Mining and Industrial Equipment (“ACMIE”) Specialized Litigation Group (“SLG”). As you know from posts about prior conferences, ACMIE always has a breakout session, but things are a little different this year. ACMIE actually has a “main stage” presentation in front of all conference attendees. Our main stage presentation is entitled “Warn, Retrofit, or Recall: Risk Management Considerations for Legacy Equipment.” This presentation will focus on products liability claims involving older equipment. (I had a legacy equipment case years ago involving an extremely old corn picker, and I can vouch for the fact that there are some challenges and nuances when dealing with these types of cases). Kevin G. Owens (Johnson and Bell Ltd.), Jaime L. Myers (Caterpillar Inc.) and Daniel A. DuPre (Federal Signal Corporation) will present on this topic. at 2 p.m. on April 9, 2014 during the afternoon main stage portion.

On April 10, 2104, we will also have an abbreviated breakout session (due to the fact that we are doing a main stage presentation). Our breakout session will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and we will have two presentations. First, Mark E. Gebauer (Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC), Kristin K. Esche (Deere & Company) and David M. Nicholas (Volvo Construction Equipment North America LLC) will present on “Expert Witnesses: Inside or Outside? The Pros and Cons.” Then, Matt Hundley (Moran Reeves & Conn PC Law Firm) will present our annual “ACMIE Top Ten for 2013.”

If you have not already registered, I would urge you to plan to attend this conference and participate in our SLG meeting.


The views expressed in this document are solely the views of the author and not Martindale-Hubbell. This document is intended for informational purposes only and is not legal advice or a substitute for consultation with a licensed legal professional in a particular case or circumstance.

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