The Duke Law School Bolch Judicial Institute is holding an intensive 3-day mass-tort MDL instructional program from March 11-13, 2020. Faculty will include two Duke Law professors, six experienced MDL judges, and 25 lawyers who have either served as preeminent mass-tort lead counsel or chaired specific-task MDL committees. The program is designed for both plaintiff and defense lawyers looking to transition into the tort and consumer mass-tort field who would like to enhance their ability to compete for MDL committee appointments, and for those more experienced attorneys focused on refining their skills in the field.

Lieff Cabraser partners Elizabeth Cabraser, Paulina do Amaral and Annika K. Martin will serve as featured faculty across the program’s multiple content blocks.

As the event’s description notes, “Mass-Tort MDLs are typically run by various committees, which are tasked to perform specific assignments, specific assignments, e.g., depositions, documents productions, fact and expert discovery, privilege logs, etc. These tasks are performed in accordance with evolving conventions and customs, which are developed and accepted by the MDL community. Although the Duke MDL Best Practices provide information on discrete MDL practices, no comprehensive written documents are available. Understanding what lawyers are expected to do in a mass-tort MDL can be learned only through a program of oral instructions. The certificate program provides a unique opportunity to gain practical know-how not available anywhere else, network with key players in mass-tort MDLs, and better equip you to compete for leadership positions.”

Read the full Duke Mass Tort MDL Certificate Program curriculum.

About Elizabeth Cabraser

Name partner and co-founder of Lieff Cabraser, Elizabeth Cabraser chairs the firm’s personal injury and environmental litigation practice groups. One of the nation’s leading class action litigators and possessing unparalleled expertise in complex civil litigation, she has served as court-appointed lead, co-lead, or class counsel in scores of federal multi-district and state coordinated proceedings. Today, she serves in court-appointed leadership positions in several of the nation’s highest profile civil cases, including a solo leadership role in the VW “Clean Diesel” Emissions case, as well as lead positions in the GM ignition switch defect and Takata defective airbag cases, and the recently-filed Fiat Chrysler Jeep Dodge diesel emissions fraud litigationGeneric Drugs Pricing antitrust litigation, and the National Prescription Opiates litigation.

About Paulina do Amaral

Paulina do Amaral has dedicated her career to achieving justice for individuals injured by dangerous and defective products and other corporate wrongdoing both in the United States and abroad. As a partner in Lieff Cabraser’s New York office, she represents classes, groups, and individuals in complex, multi-party litigation in state and federal courts and in multidistrict litigation throughout the U.S. She currently represents women in lawsuits over uterine cancer injuries allegedly caused by long-term use of talc products, infant birth defects that mothers claim relate to their use of the anti-nausea drug Zofran during pregnancy, and serious complications and injuries tied to the implantation of allegedly defective surgical mesh.

About Annika K. Martin

A partner in Lieff Cabraser’s New York office, Annika K. Martin represents plaintiffs in class action and mass tort litigation concerning consumer fraudenvironmental issues, and products liability. In April 2018, Annika was named Co-Lead Counsel for Plaintiffs in the national consumer fraud class action MDL against General Motors Company on behalf of all persons who purchased or leased certain GM vehicles equipped with an allegedly defective air conditioning system. Annika is also currently representing women who were sexually abused by gynecologist George Tyndall, M.D., in a class action against Tyndall and the University of Southern California.

Annika represented individuals, property owners, and business owners across the Gulf Coast in class action litigation against BP, Transocean, Halliburton, and other companies responsible for the 2010 blowout on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig which resulted in the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Annika was deeply involved in negotiating, implementing, and gaining court approval for the economic and medical class action settlements with BP that are compensating hundreds of thousands of victims of the tragedy.

Annika has also represented plaintiffs with physical and economic injuries arising from GM vehicles with defective ignition switches, and patients nationwide suffering from the widespread outbreak of meningitis and other serious maladies caused by contaminated medication. Annika is the current co-chair of AAJ’s Class Action Litigation Group.

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