The American Association for Justice holds its winter convention starting next Saturday in New Orleans, providing an opportunity to see what might be new in the way of product liability and class action lawsuits coming from the nation's trial lawyers. A review of the convention's schedule reveals meetings of the following proposed litigation groups:
- Oil and Gas Proposed Litigation Group Meeting
- Federal Employees Liability Act (FELA) Proposed Litigation Group Meeting
- Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Proposed Litigation Group Meeting
- Asbestos Proposed Litigation Group Meeting
- Bicycles Proposed Litigation Group
- Intervention Cardiologist Proposed Litigation Group
- Quinine Proposed Litigation Group Meeting
If you're a cardiologist who bikes to work after drinking gin and tonics, watch out!
AAJ describes litigation groups as "a critical tool for our members to level the playing field when forced to battle the overwhelming resources of corporate counsel. As a member of a Litigation Group you will be able to share accumulated information and experience, regarding a specific type of case."
The asbestos group raises questions -- there's a new angle on asbestos-related lawsuits? -- but the schedule does not provide additional info.
BTW, the AAJ's Townhall speaker is Howard Fineman of Newsweek. We see no mention of anybody from the new Obama Administration speaking, but perhaps that's a late-breaking development. Make it part a Katrina recovery tour.