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Food‚ÄêBorne Illness Litigation – Advanced Strategies for Assessing, Managing and Defending Claims of Food Contamination

American Conference Institute

Thursday, December 4, 2008 to Friday, December 5, 2008

TBC, Phoenix, AZ, United States

The CDC estimates put the number of food-borne illness cases annually in the US at a staggering 76 million every year, with 325,000 resulting hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths. And, as outbreaks aren’t typically the size of a church picnic anymore, but have grown into complex, multi-state affairs, the associated litigation and complications are proportionally larger – and consequently, much more expensive and difficult to manage.

Because of the sharp rise in outbreaks and litigation – and the complexity of these claims – American Conference Institute has developed our 2nd annual conference on Food-Borne Illness & Contamination Litigation, taking place December 4 and 5, 2008 in Phoenix. We’ve assembled an impressive array of in-house counsel from food companies and trade associations, epidemiologists, regulators, and key litigators, so you can get the answers you need to assess, manage and defend against the growing tide of foodrelated litigation.

Attend and gain valuable, practical insights, including:

* Aligning your damage assessments/expectations with the outcomes from recent resolved litigation
* Co-packing arrangements/agreements: managing risk in a strict liability environment
* Managing an outbreak effectively to minimize shareholder and reputational risk afterwards as quickly as possible
* How to measure and prove actual control of various players in the movement of contaminated food through the chain to accurately assess apportionment of liability
* Emerging liabilities as new strains of e-coli and other pathogens are classifi ed as adulturants
* New policies and investigative priorities of government regulators and agencies – and how they will impact litigation going forward

This is a unique opportunity to get highly-specialized, up-to-the minute information in a setting where you can get your specific questions answered and network with your colleagues – don’t miss it! Spaces will go quickly for this special event, so register now. We look forward to meeting you in Phoenix in early December.