CHICAGO – The Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IDC) will present a pair of programs focusing on mass toxic tort litigation March 9-10 in Chicago – one for counsel with limited toxic tort litigation experience and one for more experienced counsel practicing in this area.

Mass toxic tort cases continue to be filed at a high rate, new trends regularly emerge in this litigation and Illinois remains a jurisdictional hot spot for mass toxic tort litigation.

The first program targets counsel with limited toxic tort litigation experience.

The March 9 session – The Beginner’s Guide to Mass Toxic Tort Litigation – will be held at the offices of the ISBA Mutual Insurance Co.

This seminar will offer details on the key stages of a mass toxic tort case and explore the fundamental issues that arise in these cases.

Topics during this event will include “The Defenses Available in Mass Toxic Tort Litigation,” “Deposing Witnesses in Mass Toxic Tort Litigation,” “Conducting a Successful Case Investigation” and “Mass Toxic Tort Science 101.”

The second session is geared for more experienced counsel practicing in this area.

On March 10, IDC presents its Spring Symposium at the University of Chicago Gleacher Center. This seminar will focus on mass toxic tort litigation and will feature presentations from experienced toxic tort defense attorneys, insurance carrier representatives and judges.

IDC members in private practice can attend for only $195, non-members can attend for $295 and insurance/corporate professionals can attend for $100.

The sessions are relevant for attorneys who don’t practice in this area. Speakers will address a number of topics that are relevant for any civil defense attorney. These topics include discovery, spoliation of evidence, personal jurisdiction, evidence, proximate causation, insurance coverage and ethical responsibilities.

As an additional benefit, anyone signing up for the Spring Symposium can attend the Beginners Guide seminar at no additional cost.

The IDC also will host an after-hours cocktail reception at SPiN, a ping-pong social club, on March 9 following the Beginner’s Guide seminar.

For additional information on the events and to register, visit

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