DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 26! Register for the Inaugural Carolinas Construction & Environmental Claims Seminar!

Carolinas Construction
& Environmental Claims Seminar

March 1, 2013
8:30am - 2:00pm
Maggiano's - Charlotte, NC

Topics to be addressed at the Seminar include:

-Techniques for using experts to reduce costs and streamline resolution of construction and environmental claims.

-Strategies for using pleadings and discovery to narrow litigation and control costs.

-New areas of liability such as the “amalgamation theory” to hold upstream entities liable for construction defects, as well as emerging environmental claims related to coal ash and other alleged hazards.


8:30am - 8:55am Registration, continental breakfast and networking
8:55am Opening & Welcome
I.             Recent Insurance Coverage Issues in Construction and Environmental Litigation
A.   Identifying Red Flags for possible coverage issues –
B.    Coverage issues in construction defect and environmental litigation
  i)     Update on “occurrence” issues (including statutory attempts to legislate coverage, such as S.C. Code § 38-61-70)
  ii)    Update on Coverage Allocation Issues
  iii)   Update on “Pollution Exclusion” issues
II.           The Effective Use of Experts for Early Evaluation & Streamlined Resolution of Claims
A.   Using an expert to save time & money
B.    Decision points for when to use an expert to evaluate a claim or a cost estimate
C.   How (& why) to use experts for a “Technical Mediation”
D.   How to use experts for the streamlined resolution of mass claims
10:15 – 10:30 – BREAK
10:30 am
III.          Techniques to Reduce Litigation Expenses and Achieve Faster Resolution in Complex Construction, Toxic Tort, and Environmental claims – Part I: Pleadings & Discovery
A.           Pleading requirements
  i)     Federal Court pleading requirements (Twombly and Iqbal)
  ii)    Statutes of Limitations & Repose
  iii)   Professional affidavit requirements
  iv)  Right to cure statutes – procedural requirements
B.           Discovery
  i)     Case management orders (e.g., “Lone Pine” orders)
  ii)     Choosing Experts – timing, qualifications, cost-control measures
IV.          Techniques to Reduce Litigation Expenses and Achieve Faster Resolution in Complex Construction, Toxic Tort, and Environmental claims – Part II: Statutes, Rules, & Strategies
A.   The Economic Loss Rule as a defense to tort claims
B.    Liability/Fault allocation; joint & several liability status & trends
C.   Cost-shifting strategies (Offers of Judgment, other cost-shifting strategies)
D.   Collateral source rule (actual medical expenses vs. “billed” expenses)
E.    Exposure modeling in toxic tort claims
V.           Emerging Claims in Construction Defect, Toxic Tort, and Environmental Litigation
A.   Overview of emerging claims and plaintiff strategies
  i)      Developer liability & “Amalgamation” theories
  ii)    Component manufacturer liability in construction litigation
  iii)   Coal ash litigation
  iv)   Fracking claims
  v)    Nanotechnology concerns
  vi)   Pulmonary exposure claims
12:00-12:30 - LUNCH Break
VI.          LUNCH Keynote Speaker: Frank Holleman, Southern Environmental Law Center: “What keeps me awake at night?”
1:00-1:10 – Break
VII.        Panel Discussion: Ethical Defense Strategies for the Mediation of Complex Claims
A.   Rules & requirements regarding attendance by claims personnel ‘with appropriate authority”
B.    The dynamics of multi-party mediation
  i)   how to handle concerns with the mediator’s performance
  ii)  how to address abusive mediation tactics
  ii)    how to ethically and effectively use experts at the mediation
2:00 pm End

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Steven T. Moon
T. McRoy Shelley
James K. Cluverius, Jr.
Robert H. Williams
Stuart M. Lee

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Approved for CEU credit in NC;
Approval pending in FL.

The seminar is designed to benefit professionals in the insurance industry who handle construction defect and environmental claims, from the beginner to the seasoned veteran. Risk managers in the construction industry would also benefit from learning more about these issues and how to work efficiently with claims professionals.

Keynote speaker is Frank Holleman, Esq., of the Southern Environmental Law Center.


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