Peter Contino to speak at the ABA Spring 2013 National Legal Malpractice Conference

April 24, 2013 | Professional Liability | Complex Torts & Product Liability

Peter Contino, a partner in the firm’s Product Liability and Toxic Tort and Professional Liability Practice Groups, will participate in a breakout session entitled, “An Overview of Federal Statutes and Regulations: Traps and a Little Salvation” and will also present a clinic entitled, “The Noerr-Pennington Doctrine:  A war story about a lawyer’s salvation.”


Though some federal statutes and regulations may appear arcane, for that reason they may be the very thing that can catch lawyers unaware in the underlying case and ensnare lawyers when defending a malpractice claim. The recent emphasis by the federal government on collecting public funds expended for medical care from successful plaintiffs and tortfeasors requires that lawyers for both plaintiffs and defendants understand how to comply with the new recovery rules. Additionally, defenses that exist outside the professional liability field, such as the Noerr?Pennington doctrine, can be utilized to defeat legal malpractice claims. This session will help you to better understand the intricacies of federal laws that provide “traps for the unwary,” such as the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Medicare Secondary Payer Act, and will explore potential defenses available under federal law.

Clinics on the Noerr?Pennington Doctrine, Federal Consumer Statutes and the Medicare Secondary Payer Act

Those interested in drilling down further on the finer points of these areas can attend a specific clinic. Select your area of interest to explore in detail how the Medicare Secondary Payer Act operates, how federal consumer statutes can impact defense work, and how the Noerr?Pennington doctrine can assist you in 60?minute clinics on each of these topic areas with the panelists and an additional specialist in these respective areas.

The Conference will take place at The Roosevelt New Orleans from April 24 ? 26.

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