PFAS for In-House Counsel: What Legal Departments Need to Know about PFAS Regulation and Litigation

Event Description

PFAS, a class of industrial chemicals, has become a hotbed of regulation and litigation after allegations that the compounds are linked to a range of health effects. PFAS are ubiquitous in the environment, including in consumer and industrial products such as non-stick cookware, waterproof apparel, stain-resistant carpets, personal care products, and cleaning products. Many large organizations, including major retailers, cosmetic brands, and restaurant chains, have become the targets of PFAS litigation.

 

Join us at 3:00 pm ET on Wednesday, November 9, for the next edition of our IHC Deep Dives Series, as Marina Schwarz and Paul LaFata of Dechert, LLP will discuss the past, present, and future of PFAS regulation and litigation. Discussion topics will include:

 

1) An overview of PFAS regulation and litigation

2) Current PFAS regulation and litigation trends, and the impact of increased regulation, and

3) Practical strategies to manage litigation and compliance risks

 

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for in-house counsel who are responsible for managing or engaging in litigation and are interested in better understanding PFAS regulation and litigation trends.

 

CLE Information

This program is approved for CLE credit in the following states: PA, CA

This program is pending CLE credit in the following states:  NY, IL, TN, TX, OH, MN, NC, WA, GA, IN, KY

This program is pending CPD credit by the Law Sociality of British Columbia. For Alberta lawyers, consider including this course as a CPD learning activity in your annual Continuing Professional Development Plan.

This program is pending CLE credit for self-application by the attorney or for reciprocal CLE credit in the following states: AZ, CT, FL, ME, MT, NJ, & ND.

 

There is NO COST to attend this program!

This program is FREE thanks to our gracious sponsor, Dechert, LLP!

 

Virtual Networking

After Audience Q&A, all are invited to engage in virtual networking (video cameras ON), where you can meet our speakers, share best practices, and network with in-house counsel and legal professionals from across North America!

 

Recording

This event will be recorded and posted within 10 days after the event, along with the presentation slides. Note, the recording is NOT CLE eligible.

 

Wednesday, November 9, 2022, via Live Zoom Video Conference

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm ET: Live Presentation followed by Audience Q&A

Marina Schwarz

 

Marina Schwarz practices in the area of mass torts and products liability litigation, regularly representing corporations on issues arising across a broad spectrum of industries, including pharmaceuticals, chemicals, energy and environmental.

 

Ms. Schwarz advises clients throughout the United States on complex disputes and litigates high-stakes trial and appellate matters in federal and state courts and before arbitral tribunals. She has appeared in courts handling a wide variety of multi-district litigation matters, including mass torts, class actions, centralized management, fraud, false advertising, negligence, and wrongful death claims.

 

Ms. Schwarz has presented on mass torts and products liability and authored articles on a variety of topics, including climate change and class action litigation, which have been published by The National Forum for Environmental and Toxic Tort Issues (FETTI) and DRI for the Defense.

 

Ms. Schwarz was honored by The Legal Aid Society at the Pro Bono Publico Awards in 2018.

Prior to joining Dechert, Ms. Schwarz served as a litigation associate in Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan’s  New York office.

 

Paul LaFata

 

Paul A. LaFata is an accomplished attorney who focuses his practice on complex product liability and mass tort litigation. Mr. LaFata has served as national counsel in high-profile MDL and class-action proceedings, requiring the development and implementation of national defense strategies and coordination of cross-firm and inter-disciplinary teams in the United States and in Canada, Australia, and other foreign jurisdictions. Mr. LaFata has litigated cases from inception through trial and appeals in state and federal courts nationwide, including on trial teams for bellwether pharmaceutical trials, arguing motions, taking and defending depositions, managing discovery and experts, and drafting extensive briefing. In addition to receiving client award recognition for outstanding service, Mr. LaFata has also advised clients and their legal departments in federal and state regulatory matters and negotiations, policy, compliance, litigation defense planning and commercial contract disputes. Representative industries include pharmaceuticals, healthcare, consumer products, chemicals, plastics, energy, heavy machinery, oil and gas, insurance, nonprofit, and municipal government.

 

Mr. LaFata volunteers with mock trial organizations to write trial and appellate problems, mentor and coach competitors, and judge mock trial tournaments.

 

Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. LaFata was an attorney in the complex mass tort practices at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

Title:
PFAS for In-House Counsel: What Legal Departments Need to Know about PFAS Regulation and Litigation

Time:
Wednesday, November 9, 2022 03:00 PM

Timezone:
America/New_York

Marina Schwarz

 

Marina Schwarz practices in the area of mass torts and products liability litigation, regularly representing corporations on issues arising across a broad spectrum of industries, including pharmaceuticals, chemicals, energy and environmental.

 

Ms. Schwarz advises clients throughout the United States on complex disputes and litigates high-stakes trial and appellate matters in federal and state courts and before arbitral tribunals. She has appeared in courts handling a wide variety of multi-district litigation matters, including mass torts, class actions, centralized management, fraud, false advertising, negligence, and wrongful death claims.

 

Ms. Schwarz has presented on mass torts and products liability and authored articles on a variety of topics, including climate change and class action litigation, which have been published by The National Forum for Environmental and Toxic Tort Issues (FETTI) and DRI for the Defense.

 

Ms. Schwarz was honored by The Legal Aid Society at the Pro Bono Publico Awards in 2018.

Prior to joining Dechert, Ms. Schwarz served as a litigation associate in Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan’s  New York office.

 

Paul LaFata

 

Paul A. LaFata is an accomplished attorney who focuses his practice on complex product liability and mass tort litigation. Mr. LaFata has served as national counsel in high-profile MDL and class-action proceedings, requiring the development and implementation of national defense strategies and coordination of cross-firm and inter-disciplinary teams in the United States and in Canada, Australia, and other foreign jurisdictions. Mr. LaFata has litigated cases from inception through trial and appeals in state and federal courts nationwide, including on trial teams for bellwether pharmaceutical trials, arguing motions, taking and defending depositions, managing discovery and experts, and drafting extensive briefing. In addition to receiving client award recognition for outstanding service, Mr. LaFata has also advised clients and their legal departments in federal and state regulatory matters and negotiations, policy, compliance, litigation defense planning and commercial contract disputes. Representative industries include pharmaceuticals, healthcare, consumer products, chemicals, plastics, energy, heavy machinery, oil and gas, insurance, nonprofit, and municipal government.

 

Mr. LaFata volunteers with mock trial organizations to write trial and appellate problems, mentor and coach competitors, and judge mock trial tournaments.

 

Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. LaFata was an attorney in the complex mass tort practices at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

Title:
PFAS for In-House Counsel: What Legal Departments Need to Know about PFAS Regulation and Litigation

Time:
Wednesday, November 9, 2022 03:00 PM

Timezone:
America/New_York

PFAS for In-House Counsel: What Legal Departments Need to Know about PFAS Regulation and Litigation

About the Event

PFAS, a class of industrial chemicals, has become a hotbed of regulation and litigation after allegations that the compounds are linked to a range of health effects. PFAS are ubiquitous in the environment, including in consumer and industrial products such as non-stick cookware, waterproof apparel, stain-resistant carpets, personal care products, and cleaning products. Many large organizations, including major retailers, cosmetic brands, and restaurant chains, have become the targets of PFAS litigation.

 

Join us at 3:00 pm ET on Wednesday, November 9, for the next edition of our IHC Deep Dives Series, as Marina Schwarz and Paul LaFata of Dechert, LLP will discuss the past, present, and future of PFAS regulation and litigation. Discussion topics will include:

 

1) An overview of PFAS regulation and litigation

2) Current PFAS regulation and litigation trends, and the impact of increased regulation, and

3) Practical strategies to manage litigation and compliance risks

 

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for in-house counsel who are responsible for managing or engaging in litigation and are interested in better understanding PFAS regulation and litigation trends.

 

CLE Information

This program is approved for CLE credit in the following states: PA, CA

This program is pending CLE credit in the following states:  NY, IL, TN, TX, OH, MN, NC, WA, GA, IN, KY

This program is pending CPD credit by the Law Sociality of British Columbia. For Alberta lawyers, consider including this course as a CPD learning activity in your annual Continuing Professional Development Plan.

This program is pending CLE credit for self-application by the attorney or for reciprocal CLE credit in the following states: AZ, CT, FL, ME, MT, NJ, & ND.

 

There is NO COST to attend this program!

This program is FREE thanks to our gracious sponsor, Dechert, LLP!

 

Virtual Networking

After Audience Q&A, all are invited to engage in virtual networking (video cameras ON), where you can meet our speakers, share best practices, and network with in-house counsel and legal professionals from across North America!

 

Recording

This event will be recorded and posted within 10 days after the event, along with the presentation slides. Note, the recording is NOT CLE eligible.

 

Wednesday, November 9, 2022, via Live Zoom Video Conference

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm ET: Live Presentation followed by Audience Q&A

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