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The Wake Forest Journal of Law and Policy co-hosts symposium exploring the repercussions of the First Circuit’s decision in Milward v. Acuity Specialty Products

The Wake Forest Journal of Law and Policy is co-hosting a symposium exploring the repercussions of the First Circuit’s seminal decision in Milward v. Acuity Specialty Products with the Center for Progressive Reform on Thursday, May 17, in Washington, D.C.

In Milward, the First Circuit became the first court – either federal or state – to allow a “weight of the evidence” methodology for assessing causation in a toxic tort case, says Wake Fores Law Professor Sidney Shapiro, who is also vice president for CPR . 

The symposium will explore the implications of Milward for toxic tort litigation in federal and state courts, including the role of the weight of the evidence methodology in scientific risk assessment and regulatory decisionmaking, and whether Milward correctly applies Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals. Among the presentors is Wake Forest Law Professor Mike Green.

 The symposium will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Credit Union House, 403 C Street, NE.

 “Academics, key hill staff members, and toxic tort plaintiff advocates will take part in this exciting day,” Shapiro said. 

The Wake Forest Journal of Law and Public Policy will publish speakers’ papers in the first issue of Volume 3, to be published in Spring 2013.

AGENDA

 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

 

9:00 – 9:30 am             Meet; coffee and light breakfast      

The Credit Union House, 403 C Street, NE Washington, D.C. 20002

 

9:30-9:45                     Introductions – Sid Shapiro

 

9:45-10:30                   Thomas McGarity, University of Texas School of Law, and Sid Shapiro, Wake

Forest University and CPR Board Member

 

10:30-11:15                 Steve Jensen, Allen Stewart, P.C.

 

11:15-11:30                 Break

 

11:30-12:15                 Professor Steve Gold, Rutgers School of Law

 

12:15-1:15                   Lunch

 

1:15-2:00                     Professor Joseph Sanders, University of Houston Law Center

 

2:00-2:45                     Professor Mike Green, Wake Forest University Law School

 

2:45-3:15                     Closing discussion mediated by Sid Shapiro and Thomas McGarity