October 06, 2017

Passenger claims and passenger protections topics at ABA conference on aviation and litigation

WASHINGTON, Oct. 6, 2017 —  Former Acting Administrator for the Federal Aviation Administration Robert A. Sturgell will be the keynote speaker at the American Bar Association’s annual  Aviation and Litigation in Today’s World conference on Oct. 19-20 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C. Sturgell, now senior vice president with Rockwell Collins, will talk about “Automation and Aviation: A Look Ahead,” as the luncheon speaker on Thursday, Oct.19, from 12:30-1:45 p.m. 

And on this 80th anniversary of the Hindenburg disaster, there will be a special presentation on Thursday, Oct. 19, from 5:15-5:45 p.m. that examines the significance of what is arguably the most important event in aviation history.

What:  
Aviation and Litigation in Today’s World
Sponsored by the ABA Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section’s
Aviation and Space Law Committee

When: 
Oct. 19-20

Where:
The Ritz-Carlton
1150 22nd Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

This two-day event brings together lawyers, in-house counsel, insurance executives and industry experts from across the country to discuss what lies ahead in the aviation and space industry. Some of the topics that will be addressed include:

  • Recent developments in aviation and space law
  • A view from inside the general counsel’s office 
  • Toxic cabin air quality
  • The future of the jury trial and jury innovations
  • Proving and defending claims of post-traumatic stress disorder  
  • Ethical issues in an aviation case
  • Questions remaining after Supreme Court ruling in Bristol-Myers
  • Combating cognitive errors and bias in judges

The complete agenda can be found online.

“The Latest in Passenger Protections and Passenger Claims and the Impact of Social Media on Them: How Has the Pervasive Presence of Social Media Altered the Relationship Between Carriers and Passengers?” — Panelists representing the airline and insurance industry and counsel from both the plaintiffs and defense bar will explore the latest trends in claims made by airline passengers and the legislative efforts to provide protections for passengers. The panel will explore the impact of social media on these recent developments and the relationship between the passenger and the carrier.
Thursday, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

“Cyber Security” — This session will examine the various electronic and computer-based threats to the aviation industry, regulatory and industry responses to those threats and the potential litigation consequences.
Thursday, 3:30-4:15 p.m.

“Personal Jurisdiction: The Unanswered Questions” — This panel will address the recent Supreme Court decisions on personal jurisdiction, the impact those decisions have had on aviation litigation, how certain states are responding to these decisions and debate the need and scope of jurisdictional discovery in light of the recent decisions.
Friday, 9-9:45 a.m.

“Is the Plan to Privatize the Air Traffic Control System a Good Idea?” — With statements by President Donald Trump advocating the privatization of the nation’s air traffic control system and competing legislative proposals introduced by Congress, this panel of representatives from the air traffic control industry will debate the merits of each side of the issue and describe their experience with privately controlled air traffic control systems in other jurisdictions. The panel will be moderated by Barry Benson, assistant director, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Torts Branch Aviation & Admiralty Litigation in Washington, D.C.
Friday, 10:45-11:30 a.m.

“The Privatization of Space Exploration: Pros and Cons” — As the debate for space flight rages on, aviation industry proponents and opponents explore the many facets of government development/involvement vs. privatization of space exploration. Speakers will include Michael Romanowski, director, Commercial Space Integration, Federal Aviation Administration, Washington, D.C.
Friday, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

This event is open to members of the press at no charge. For media credentialing, please contact Robert Robinson at Robert.Robinson@americanbar.org.

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