||Registration and Continental Breakfast
||Welcome and Introduction
Roman Lifson, Christan & Barton LLP, Richmond, VA
Heather Russell Fine, Tanenbaum Keale, LLP, Philadelphia, PA
||Total Recall: Navigating the Phantom "Defect" Claim
If there is a relevant recall on a vehicle, but the recall condition did not actually cause the accident/injuries, how does the phantom recall come into play in the alleged lawsuit? This presentation will discuss this scenario and best practices in handling.
Alan DeGraw, Stellantis, Detroit, MI
Amy Bice Larson, Bush Seyferth, PLLC, Troy, MI
||Lessons Learned: Explosion Case (Joint Session with Fire Science)
Discussions regarding a high-profile product liability wrongful death case stemming from a food truck propane explosion, including liability and evidentiary issues and analysis.
Steve Taub, U-Haul International, Inc., Phoenix, AZ
William A. Posey, Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL, Cincinnati, OH
||The Future of Alternative Fuel Vehicles is Already Here
A high-level discussion of alternative fuel vehicles, including hybrid, fully electric and hydrogen fuel cell designs, with an update from manufacturers on their short-term and future development, new technology, EV recalls, and a discussion of ways to best defend an electric vehicle case at trial.
Jeffrey J. Cox, Dykema, Dallas, TX
Jennifer White, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., Herndon, VA
Beth Mykytiuk, Tesla, Washington, D.C.
Ashish Arora, P.E., Exponent, Phoenix, AZ
||Today’s Jury Psychology & Defense Strategies
Learn from a seasoned trial attorney and a jury psychologist about the jury variables that are evolving due to cohort differences and life stressors. Approaches to due diligence for assessing jury-relevant factors will be discussed, results from jury surveys and mock trial research will be shared, and insights into effective trial strategies will be offered.
Cindy K. Andrews, Firehorse Trial Consulting, Chicago, IL
Kevin Schiferl, Frost Brown Todd, Indianapolis, IN
||United Way of National Capital Area
Gabrielle C. Sherb will describe how you can help support local middle school students and their families with much needed supplies that will help them achieve a successful school year.
||Lunch (On your own)
||Live Burn Data Analysis and Rundown (Joint Session with Fire Science)
Live burn data analysis – experts will discuss fire science issues using video, photos and data from live burn cells and flash over demonstration.
Scott E. Dillon, PE, IAAI-CFE, CVFI, ESi, Plymouth, MN
Adam Goodman, PE, CFPS, IAAI-CFI, CFEI, CVFI, S-E-A, Glen Burnie, MD
Andrew Paris, PE, CFEI, Jensen Hughes, Minneapolis, MN
David Anderson, Ph.D., PE, CFEI, Exponent, Atlanta, GA
Hernán Mercado-Corujo, ESi, Minneapolis, MN
||What Does the Recent U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Personal Jurisdiction Mean to You?
In March of 2021, the United States Supreme Court issued an opinion addressing whether personal jurisdiction will be found in a forum in which a plaintiff resides and a motor vehicle accident occurred – regardless of the fact that the manufacturer is out of state, and the subject vehicle was manufactured and sold in a different state. Hear from one of the attorneys involved in this case about how this decision may impact your practice.
Sean M. Marotta, Hogan Lovells, Washington, D.C.
||Use of Drones and Contemporary Tools to Memorialize an Accident Scene or Evidence
Use of drones represents a quantum leap in measurement methods and technology. A ten-minute flight of a drone will capture hundreds of pictures and capture a large swath of real estate. These pictures can then be used to construct a three-dimensional model that has a variety of uses, including 3D modeling and overhead map demonstratives.
This presentation will explore the use of drones as inspection tools, explain how they work, give practical applications reliably used today as well as vivid examples of some of their uses. The speakers will also discuss issues of admissibility, authentication and potential trespass concerns with drone-collected evidence.
Garry R. Brock, Jr., Ph.D., P.E., CED Technologies Inc., Annapolis, MD
Anthony J. Monaco, Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP, Chicago, IL
||Winning at Trial: Using Old School and Current Trial Tactics to Get the Job Done
If you want to try and win your auto products cases, this entertaining presentation will show you how old school trial techniques combined with today’s technology and jury science can give you the winning edge.
James J. Yukevich, Yukevich Cavanaugh, Los Angeles, CA
||Strictly Automotive SLG Committee Meeting (Open to all)