Risks, Rewards of Bellwether Trials to be Discussed by Weitz & Luxenberg’s Ellen Relkin at Jan. 21 American Bar Assn. Program in Hollywood, Fla.

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Ellen Relkin, Esq., of Weitz & Luxenberg, PC, is among the panelists who will discuss the latest legal strategies lawyers can adopt to make bellwether trials work to the advantage of their clients. The Jan. 21 panel is presented by the American Bar Assn. and its Section of Litigation’s Environmental, Mass Torts and Products Liability Litigation Committees. Location is the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, in Hollywood, Fla.

Bellwether cases are an increasingly important tool to manage and resolve mass-tort lawsuits....[W]e’re going to explore their benefits and pitfalls.

Plaintiff’s attorney Ellen Relkin, Esq., will join plaintiffs’ and defense bar members, federal and state judges, and law professors for a Jan. 21 American Bar Assn. program in Florida at which the latest trends affecting the selection and trial of bellwether court cases will be discussed, the New York mass tort and personal injury litigation firm Weitz & Luxenberg PC today announced.

“Bellwether cases are an increasingly important tool to manage and resolve mass-tort lawsuits,” said Relkin, who is co-lead attorney of the multidistrict litigation now proceeding in Toledo, Ohio, against DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. over its recalled ASR metal-on-metal hip-implant product.

“Take the DePuy lawsuit as an example,” she offered. “There are several thousand plaintiffs who have come forward to file very similar lawsuits against the same defendant. It is not feasible for all these cases to get tried because the sheer volume of them would cause the courts to become backlogged for decades. So, instead, the plaintiffs’ steering committee is now reviewing filed cases for an appropriate representative sampling of cases to be chosen to proceed as a sort of test case.”

Relkin continued, “How this initial case turns out will provide an indication of what can be expected if the remaining cases were to go to trial.”

The 75-minute panel discussion is slated to begin at 9:15 a.m., and will be held at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, in Hollywood, Fla., according to the ABA Section of Litigation’s Environmental, Mass Torts and Products Liability Litigation Committees, which is hosting the panel as part of a two-day joint continuing legal-education seminar.

“In our panel on bellwether cases, we’re going to explore their benefits and pitfalls, while also examining test-case selection methods and strategy considerations,” Relkin said.

Relkin is a recognized authority and widely-sought speaker on matters pertaining to litigation of toxic torts, defective medical devices, and harm-causing pharmaceuticals, Weitz & Luxenberg said.

The law firm noted that Relkin is admitted to practice law in two states (New York and New Jersey) plus the District of Columbia, is an elected member of the American Law Institute, is certified as a Civil Trial Attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court, and is a past-chair of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America’s Toxic, Environmental and Pharmaceutical Torts section.


About Weitz & Luxenberg:

Founded in 1986 by attorneys Perry Weitz and Arthur Luxenberg, Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C., today ranks among the nation’s leading law firms. Weitz & Luxenberg has secured more than $6.5 billion in verdicts and settlements for its clients. The firm's numerous practice areas include: asbestos and mesothelioma, defective medicines and devices, environmental pollutants, accidents, personal injury, and medical malpractice. Victims of accidents are invited to rely on Weitz & Luxenberg’s more than 25 years of handling such cases – begin by contacting the firm’s Client Relations department at 1-800-476-6070 or at clientrelations@weitzlux.com and ask for a free legal consultation. More information: http://www.weitzlux.com


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