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Litigating with Epidemiological Evidence

Epidemiological evidence is used every day to win court cases. Join us as we have a panel of experts walk us through epidemiological principles and litigation strategies. Our dynamic speakers will break down the technicalities of epidemiological investigations, provide insight into epidemiological statistical analysis, discuss the use of epidemiological data to support causation and provide strategies for defending companies in litigation involving epidemiological evidence.


Kristin Eads, Partner, Faegre & Benson, LLP

Kristin provides national, regional and state level representation to agribusiness and food manufacturers and distributors, biotechnology companies, and seed companies in general commercial and products liability litigation. Kristin has experience with the wide variety of federal and state laws governing the agribusiness and food industries and counsels clients in these industries on a variety of issues, including: regulatory compliance, product recalls, risk management and product liability prevention. Kristin will present on her approaches using and defending against epidemiological data in litigation.

Carlota Medus, PhD, MPH, Epidemiologist Principal, Minnesota Department of Health, Foodborne, Vectorborne, & Zoonotic Diseases

Dr. Carlota Medus performs epidemiological investigations into the source of foodborne illnesses and is responsible for surveillance of foodborne pathogens in Minnesota. She is part of a dynamic team at the Minnesota Department of Health that collects epidemiological data, then analyzes and performs statistical analysis of that data to determine the source of a foodborne illness outbreak. She has worked on numerous high-profile outbreak investigations, such as Salmonella outbreaks associated with frozen microwavable chicken products (1998-2008); multi-state S. Typhimurium associated with peanut butter (2008-2009); E. coli O157:H7 associated with cookie dough (2009), multi-drug resistant S. Typhimurium associated with prepackaged salad (2010); and S. Heidelberg in ground turkey (2011). On a national level she has collaborated on multiple research studies with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s FoodNet program. In addition, Carlota is adjunct faculty at the School of Public Health, University of Minnesota. Carlota will provide insight into how epidemiological data is gathered and analyzed in order to determine whether a causal link exists between an illness and a food product. In addition, she will break down the technical terms used in epidemiology and provide insight into her experiences as a technical witness in the courtroom.

Gale Pearson, Senior Partner, Pearson, Randall, Schumacher and LaBore, P.A.

Gale Pearson is a Senior Partner with the law firm of Pearson, Randall & Schumacher, P.A., a national litigation practice focusing on medical device and pharmaceutical litigation. She has represented thousands of plaintiffs against the pharmaceutical and medical device industry, against environmental polluters, and against fraudulent corporate practices. Gale will discuss how epidemiological data is used in her practice as supporting evidence to prove general and specific causation in pharmaceutical litigation.

2.5 hours of Standard CLE credits applied for.
The event code is 161702.



Date:   Friday, November 18, 2011

Time: 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Registration and breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m.
The seminar will begin at 8:00 a.m.

Location:   The Town & Country Club
300 Mississippi River Blvd. N. St Paul, MN 55104-4927

Teleconferencing is available. Teleconferencing instructions will be sent by e-mail on Thursday, November 17.

Food Drug & Device or Health Law Section Members:  $15.00

MSBA Members but not a member of either the
Food Drug &
Device or Health Law Section: $20.00

Join the Food Drug & Device Law Section & Attend the Meeting for FREE:  $21.00

Join the Health Law Section and Attend the Meeting for FREE:  $30.00

Non-MSBA Members:  $30.00

Law Students:  Free

Cancellation Policy:

Refunds will be processed for cancellation requests received in writing on or before noon on the registration deadline. Requests should be directed to the event contact person listed at the bottom of this notice. Cancellation requests received after this time are not eligible for refunds. You may send a colleague in your place if you are unable to join us and the registration deadline has passed.