2024 Multicounty Litigation (Mass Torts) Forum

Category: Materials

Member Price: $12

Non-Member Price: $15

Product Code: MI159424

Areas of Law: Civil, Product Liability & Mass Tort

CLE Credits





Christopher M. Placitella, Esq.
Editor in Chief, New Jersey Mass Tort & Class Actions Treatise (NJICLE 2020)
Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC, Red Bank
Magistrate Judge Rukhsanah L. Singh
United States Magistrate Judge for the District of New Jersey, Trenton

Hon. Gregg A. Padovano, JSC


Hon. John C. Porto, JSC
Atlantic City


Hon. Ana C. Viscomi, JSC
New Brunswick


Hon. Rachelle L. Harz, JSC (Ret.)
Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins, PC, Springfield


Jessica L. Brennan, Esq.
Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Morristown


Agatha Dzikiewicz, Esq.
Special Adjudicator, Superior Court of New Jersey


Mark Eveland
Founder & Chief Strategy Officer
Verus LLC, Princeton


Charles Kannebecker, Esq.
Law Office of Charles Kannebecker, Milford, PA


Lynne M. Kizis, Esq.
Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer, PA, Woodbridge

  Jared M. Placitella, Esq.
Cohen Placitella & Roth, PC, Red Bank
  Brian Herlihy
Regional Manager, Thomson Reuters, Philadelphia
  Sameena Safdar, Esq.
Senior Client Executive, Thomson Reuters, Philadelphia

Ross Suter, Esq.
Senior Vice Presiden, Litigation Solutions
Magna Legal Services, Philadelphia and NY

Why You Should Attend:
This year’s program will advance your knowledge of the application of AI in the Mass Tort space.

1. Live demonstration of the advancement of AI driven legal research and case analysis. You will witness real time legal research memos and time lines created in minutes. You will also see the latest in transcript digesting technology. This will be followed by a panel discussion examining the application and ethical considerations of this rapidly evolving technology.
2. The New Jersey MCL judges will update you on what is happening in the mass torts they are handling and discuss, among other things, the need for 104 hearings, in limine motions, and pretrial submissions. For those who register early you may submit your questions for the judges to consider in advance of the seminar.
3. Everything you need to know for mass tort lien resolution.
4. Update on the most significant case law affecting the mass tort practice.

Presented in cooperation with the NJSBA Product Liability and Mass Tort Section

New Jersey recognizes several Mass Tort and Non-Mass Tort Centrally Managed cases that are handled by the Multicounty Litigation Section. There are currently 22 multicounty litigations (MCLs) in New Jersey (from the NJ Courts webpage):

Atlantic County  Bergen County  Middlesex County 
Abilify Allergan Biocell Textured Breast Implants Asbestos
Physiomesh DePuy ASR Hip Implant Fosamax
Proceed Surgical Mesh/Proceed Ventral Patch Elmiron Taxotere/Docetaxel
Prolene Hernia System Mesh Pelvic Mesh - Bard Zostavax
Proton-Pump Inhibitors Pelvic Mesh - Gynecare  
Singulair Pinnacle Metal-on-Metal (MoM) Hip Implants  
Strattice-Hernia-Mesh Stryker Hip/ABG II  
Talc-Powder Stryker LFIT CoCr V40 Femoral Heads  
  Stryker Trident Hip Implants  

Certain Superior Court Judges have been assigned by the Chief Justice to exclusively manage these cases. The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey also serves as the Multi District Litigation Court for Elmiron, J&J Talcum, Allergen, Plavix, as well as numerous other state and national class actions.

At this year’s MCL seminar, NJICLE has assembled an esteemed panel of judges as well as leading practitioners to review some of the most recent developments and address the ins and outs of handling multicounty and multi district litigation cases in New Jersey State and Federal Court.

2024 Program Agenda:

  • 9:00 | Welcome
  • 9:05 | 2024 case law update – Jared M. Placitella, Esq.
  • 9:30 | Understanding the Pre-trial Discovery Process - Hon. Rukhsanah L. Singhm, USMJ and Agatha N. Dzikiewicz, Esq.
  • 10:15 | What you need to know about Mass Tort Lien Resolution - Hon. Rachelle L. Harz, JSC (Ret.); Charles T. Kannebecker, Esq. and Mark Eveland
  • 10:50 | Break
  • 11:00 | Judicial Roundtable - Hon. John C. Porto, JSC; Hon. Ana C. Viscomi, JSC; Hon. Gregg Padovano, JSC and Hon. Rukhsanah L. Singhm, USMJ 
  • 12:00 | The Future of AI in Mass Torts and e-Discovery - Jessica L. Brennan, Esq.; Lynne M. Kizis, Esq.; Christopher M. Placitella, Esq.; Brian Herlihy; Sameena Safdar, Esq.; Ross Suter, Esq. and panel
    - Demonstration on digesting of transcripts in 90 seconds
    - Demonstration of evolving technology to summarize medical records
    - Demonstration of the use of AI to word your legal research memos
    - Discussion of ethical issues surrounding the future of AI in Mass Torts and e-Discovery
  • 1:10 | Program wrap up/final comments
  • 1:15 | Adjourn


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