HarrisMartin's Pesticide Litigation Conference: A Plaintiff's Approach to Winning Pesticide Cases

Conference Agenda

Day 1, Thursday, June 16, 2022

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Registration

9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Welcome by Co-Chairs

Aimee Wagstaff, Wagstaff Law Firm, Denver
Fidelma L. Fitzpatrick, Motley Rice LLC, Providence, RI
Edward Wallace, Wallace Miller, Chicago


9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Roundup - Panel: Is This Tort Still Going On?!?

• Roundup 101: Who are the Plaintiffs and Why Are they Suing?
• Status of the Current Litigation – The MDL and State Courts Venues
• The Hardeman Appeal – Solicitor General & SCOTUS Update
• Where Can We File New Cases

Moderator: Aimee Wagstaff, Wagstaff Law Firm, Denver
Panel: Jennifer A. Moore, Moore Law Group, Louisville, KY *
R. Brent Wisner, Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman, Los Angeles *
David J. Dickens, The Miller Firm, LLC, Orange, VA
Mark R. Niemeyer, Niemeyer, Grebel & Kruse, St. Louis *


10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Roundup - Experts – The Intersection of General and Specific Causation Issues – How to Put a Winning Slate of Experts Together for Trial

Kathryn M. Forgie, Wagstaff Law Firm, Denver
Jonathan D. Orent, Motley Rice LLC, Providence, RI
Tim Jackson, Wallace Miller, Chicago


10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Refreshment Break

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Roundup - Current Status of Trials – Has the Tide Changed?

• Monsanto’s Recent Trial Victories: Erza Clark & Donnetta Stephens
• What We Have Learned – New Trial Themes

Fidelma L. Fitzpatrick, Motley Rice LLC, Providence, RI
Edward Wallace, Wallace Miller, Chicago


11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Roundup - New Defendants and the Philadelphia MTP

• Considerations for New Case Acquisition
• Case Criteria for New Case Acquisition

Aimee Wagstaff, Wagstaff Law Firm, Denver
Priscilla E. Jimenez, Kline & Specter, Philadelphia*


12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch

1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
ParaWHAT? Is this Roundup 2.0 or Something Different?

• Paraquat 101: Who are the Plaintiffs and Why are They Suing: A Primer on Parkinson’s Disease
• Who Are the Defendants and What Did (Or Didn’t)They Do?

Aimee Wagstaff, Wagstaff Law Firm, Denver
Debbie Pritts BSHIM, RN, LNCC, Legal Nurse Consultant, Wallace Miller, Chicago
Fidelma L. Fitzpatrick, Motley Rice LLC, Providence, RI


1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Paraquat - Status of the Current Litigation

• The MDL and State Courts
• Preemption and Other Legal Hurdles

Ben Gillig, Wagstaff Law Firm, Denver
Sarah T. Hansel, Motley Rice LLC, Cherry Hill, NJ
Mark Miller, Wallace Miller, Chicago
Tor Hoerman, TorHoerman Law, LLC, St. Louis*


2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Paraquat - Experts – A Review of the Epidemiology and Causation Questions in Paraquat Trials

Jonathan D. Orent, Motley Rice LLC, Providence, RI
Kathryn M. Forgie, Wagstaff Law Firm, Denver
David J. Dickens, The Miller Firm, LLC, Orange, VA


3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Refreshment Break

3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Paraquat - Settlement Considerations in Pesticide Cases – How to Settle When There is Little Chance for Finality

Moderator: Fidelma L. Fitzpatrick, Motley Rice LLC, Providence, RI

Panel: Joseph F. Rice, Motley Rice LLC, Mount Pleasant, SC
Randi S. Ellis, Randi S. Ellis, LLC, Baton Rouge, LA *
Aimee Wagstaff, Wagstaff Law Firm, Denver



* Invited Speaker