'Oil In The Gulf: Litigation & Insurance Coverage' Title Of Upcoming Seminars, HB Announces

BERWYN, Pa. — Legal and insurance conference provider HB Litigation Conferences is holding both a conference and teleconference to educate attorneys and insurers on the liabilities and risks associated with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, HB CEO Tom Hagy announced May 6. "With three...

Attorneys Gather Today For Gulf Oil Spill Litigation And Insurance Coverage Conference

ATLANTA - More than 200 attorneys, in-house counsel and insurance professionals are gathered today at The Ritz-Carlton here for the first day of HB Litigation Conferences ' Oil in the Gulf: Litigation & Insurance Coverage Conference . Chairs of the conference are Lorelie Masters, Esq., Jenner...

Plaintiff Attorney: Deepwater Horizon A 'Nightmare Well'

ATLANTA - Lax inspection, construction shortcuts and faulty equipment led to the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico and the subsequent failure to stop the millions of gallons of oil leaked, according to a plaintiff attorney. Robin Greenwald of Weitz and Luxenberg in New...

Administrator: $20B BP Escrow Fund To Cover Most Oil Spill Claims, Could Grow Larger

ATLANTA - The $20 billion BP escrow fund to compensate victims of the Gulf oil spill will cover all claims against the company except for environmental cleanup and could eventually grow much larger, Michael K. Rozen of Feinberg Rozen said today at HB Litigation Conferences ' Oil in the Gulf: Litigation...

Oil Dispersants In The Gulf: A 'Scientific Experiment?'

ATLANTA - The use of dispersants on oil leaking from the sunken Deepwater Horizon rig could create a toxic stew of byproducts, and past oil spills are of little help in predicting what damage could be done to the Gulf of Mexico, speakers said today at HB Litigation Conferences ' Oil in the Gulf:...

Raw Anger Spills At Conference On BP Gulf Disaster

ATLANTA - Some raw anger at BP spilled out today at HB Litigation Conferences ' Oil in the Gulf: Litigation & Insurance Coverage Conference here. Environmental activist and attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr. of Kennedy & Madonna LLP in Hurley, N.Y., the keynote speaker, said he visited a Gulf...

Gulf Oil Spill Liability: Only Question Is How Much BP Will Pay

ATLANTA - The question is not if BP will pay for the Gulf oil spill, but how much, a defense attorney said Thursday at HB Litigation Conferences ' Oil in the Gulf: Litigation & Insurance Coverage Conference here. Asked to give the defense perspective, Eric Lasker of Hollingsworth LLP in Washington...

JPMDL Hearing Set For Arguments On Where To Send Oil Spill Cases

ATLANTA - The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPMDL) will hold a hearing July 28 in Boise, Idaho, to hear arguments on where to transfer the more than 140 cases related to the BP Gulf oil spill that have been filed in federal and state courts, a plaintiff attorney said Thursday at HB Litigation...

Panelist: 'Interesting, Creative' Insurance Battles Over Gulf Oil Spill Loom

ATLANTA - The Gulf of Mexico oil spill could result in some "interesting and creative lawyering" in the insurance arena, an attorney on a four-member panel said June 25 on the last day of HB Litigation Conferences ' Oil in the Gulf: Litigation & Insurance Coverage Conference here. ...

Thoughts From The HB Litigation Conference On BP Oil Spill, Developing Legal, Insurance Issues

By John L. Watkins, Shareholder, Chorey, Taylor & Feil Last week, courtesy of my friends at LEXIS, I attended the HB Litigation Conference in Atlanta on litigation and insurance coverage issues arising from the BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The presenters included extremely...

New Orleans Gets Oil Spill MDL; MDL Panel Transfers 77 Suits To Judge Barbier

Courtesy of HB Litigation Conference's Oil Spill Litigation & Insurance Coverage Report New Orleans as been selected as the site of the oil spill litigation, according to an order issued Aug. 10, 2010, by the Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, which transferred 77 lawsuits to the U.S. District...

Alabama Leaders Clash Over How To Proceed Against BP

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - A power struggle is developing in Alabama over how to proceed with claims against those responsible for the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Attorney General Troy King on Aug. 12 sued BP, Transocean and others in the Middle District of Alabama, seeking to halt the defendants' behind...

Parties Debate Consolidation Of ERISA/Securities Actions Against BP

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Several plaintiffs in ERISA class actions pending against BP have told the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation that consolidation with securities claims and transfer of their cases to the Southern District of Texas is inappropriate (MDL 2189). In August, the Judicial Panel...

Feinberg Rozen Partner Speaking At HB Oil Law Conference

MIAMI - Michael K. Rozen of Feinberg Rozen - the team assigned to oversee the administration of the BP oil spill compensation fund - has joined the faculty of the conference titled "Oil in the Gulf: Litigation & Insurance Coverage" taking place Nov. 4-5, 2010, in Miami, HB Litigation Conferences...

Oil Spill MDL Judge Expected To Move Quickly

MIAMI BEACH - The judge overseeing the BP oil spill litigation MDL is expected to move the massive litigation along quickly, a plaintiff attorney reported Nov. 4. Scott Sumy of Baron & Budd in Dallas made his remarks at HB Litigation Conferences' Oil in the Gulf - Litigation & Insurance...

Plaintiff Attorneys Urge Oil Spill Victims To Pursue Litigation, Not BP Compensation Fund

MIAMI BEACH -- Plaintiff attorneys at a Gulf oil spill litigation conference have urged colleagues to advise clients to not accept money from the $20 billion BP compensation fund and instead pursue litigation. Some raw anger at BP spilled out June 24 at HB Litigation Conferences ' Oil in the Gulf...

Gulf Oil Claims Facility Payouts Total $1.7 Billion To Date

MIAMI BEACH -- The Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) has received just shy of 350,000 emergency claims and paid out about $1.7 billion on just under 100,000 of them as of Nov. 5, according to Michael Rozen of Feinberg Rozen LLP in New York. Rozen is the law partner of GCCF Administrator Kenneth...

5 Sitting Judges Featured At Tort Law Seminar Focused On Asbestos, HB Announces

LOS ANGELES - Five sitting judges from Los Angeles and Oakland, Calif., will appear at a continuing legal education seminar along with a panel of seasoned litigators and trial attorneys at the Omni Los Angeles on Dec. 7, 2010, HB Litigation Conferences CEO Tom Hagy has announced. "We are proud...

Zoloft® & SSRIs: The Plaintiffs’ Perspective - An HB Law & Science Conference Report

Two major classes of drugs recently have been the subject of mass tort litigation for their alleged tendency to cause birth defects. The first group includes Topamax® and Topiramate, used to treat migraines, and the second comprises Zoloft® and the other Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor...

Plaintiff, Defense Bars Gear Up For Litigation Over Shale Gas Drilling

PHILADELPHIA - Shale drilling for natural gas is big business in several states, but will it be "the next big thing" for litigators? It may be too early to tell, but the plaintiff and defense bars are gearing up. About 110 attorneys, insurance professionals and gas industry reps from 22...

The Lanier Law Firm Highlights National Asbestos Litigation Conference

HOUSTON - Noted trial attorney Mark Lanier , founder of The Lanier Law Firm , is presenting the keynote address on the first day of the 14th Annual National Asbestos Litigation Conference set for Oct 3-4 in Amelia Island, Fla. The conference, which is taking place at the Ritz-Carlton hotel, will include...

Construction Law Conferences Feature Judges and In-House Counsel, HB Announces

BERWYN , Pa. - Legal issues facing the construction industry will be addressed at two programs - one on litigation and the other on broader industry concerns - both featuring judges, in-house counsel and leading construction law attorneys, HB CEO Tom Hagy has announced. One program is free of charge...

New Food & Drug Law Conference Features U.S. Judge, U.S. Attorneys, In-House Counsel

MINNEAPOLIS - A unique new legal education program featuring a diverse, high-level faculty will provide practical insights for attorneys litigating claims relating to food, drug and medical device products, according to Tom Hagy, CEO of HB Litigation Conferences, the event's producer. The CLE-accredited...

HB Announces 4 High-Level Insurance Law Programs, Free for In-House Counsel

BERWYN , Pa. - In-house counsel at insurance carriers and policyholder companies are invited to attend four programs in New York City on some of the most urgent topics they face today, HB CEO Tom Hagy has announced. While open to attorneys and others for a fee, the programs are free to a limited number...