HarrisMartin's Webinar Series: Paraquat Herbicide Litigation

Conference Agenda

Day 1, Monday, May 10, 2021

2:00 p.m. - 2:05 p.m.
Welcome

Aimee H. Wagstaff, Andrus Wagstaff, Denver
Majed Nachawati, Fears & Nachawati, Dallas
Patrick Luff, Fears Nachawati Law Firm, Dallas


2:05 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.
Finding Critical Evidence in Paraquat Litigation

Drew Lewis, DISCO, Chattanooga, TN
Jonathan Wiley, DISCO, Tallahassee, FL


2:10 p.m. - 2:25 p.m.
Background Information on Paraquat

• Chemical Composition
• Why is it Used?
• Widespread Use in US
• Banned in Most Countries - Except the US
• EPA Regulation - Special License
• Acute Toxicity
Patrick Luff, Fears Nachawati Law Firm, Dallas
Michelle A. Parfitt, Ashcraft & Gerel, LLP, Washington, DC


2:25 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
The Link to Parkinson’s Disease

• What is Parkinson’s Disease?
• How Do You Diagnose Parkinson's Disease?
• The Science Linking Paraquat Exposure to Parkinson's Disease
• Genetic Studies on Paraquat
Patrick Luff, Fears Nachawati Law Firm, Dallas
Aimee H. Wagstaff, Andrus Wagstaff, Denver


2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Legal Issues

• Identifying the Defendants
• Syngenta and Its Predecessors
• Licensing with Chevron U.S.A. and Its Predecessors
• Preemption
• Limitations
David J. Wool, Andrus Wagstaff, Denver
Patrick Lyons, Ashcraft & Gerel, LLP, Washington, DC


3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Case Screening

• Location of Cases
• “Good” Cases
• Product ID
Tor Hoerman, TorHoerman Law LLC, Edwardsville, IL
Yvonne M. Flaherty, Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P., Minneapolis


3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Status of Litigation & Lessons Learned From the Roundup Litigation

• State Court Litigation
• The Whistleblower
• California JCCP
• Federal Suits
Aimee H. Wagstaff, Andrus Wagstaff, Denver
Michael J. Miller, The Miller Firm, LLC, Orange, VA