Accident Litigation Reform – Tackling Lawsuit Abuse in the States

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Webinar Description:

Over the past several years, the trucking industry has seen our system of justice abused with truck accident litigation being turned into a profit-making business rather than a fair system for holding responsible parties accountable. If your company has been in a lawsuit, you are well aware that the rules of law in some states are stacked against defendants. Isn’t there something that can be done to make the courtroom a level playing field?

For more than a dozen years, ATA, through its Insurance Task Force and working with its fifty affiliated state trucking associations, has pushed for needed reforms of the civil justice system in states around the country. We have had much success, but more must be done. This webinar will preview some recent research on the litigation environment facing the trucking industry, identify the critical issues that need to be tackled in the states, and highlight some key wins (and the strategies behind the wins) in a year where we haven’t seen much action in state legislatures.

About the Presenters:

Daniel Murray, Senior Vice President, American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI)

Dan Murray has more than 26 years of experience in a broad range of transportation fields including trucking research and economics, transportation safety technologies and autonomous vehicles. As Senior Vice President for ATRI, Dan is responsible for managing more than $4.5M in transportation research, testing and evaluation. He is actively involved in the National Academies’ Transportation Research Board as Vice Chair of the Trucking Research Committee, and presently sits on the Boards of the Freight Mobility Research Institute and the Minnesota Freight Advisory Committee.

Douglas K. Williams, Partner, Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, LLP

Doug Williams is a Partner in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana office of Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson. He practices in the areas of medical malpractice defense, insurance defense, product liability defense and interstate common carrier matters. He is a frequent presenter on topics including insurance coverage, medical malpractice defense and common carrier issues.

Marc T. Beltrame, President and Founder, Beltrame Law Firm

Marc T. Beltrame brings 18 years of legal experience and a bipartisan approach to government relations advocacy both in Iowa and Washington, D.C. Marc delivers best-in-class access to decision-makers and a strong reputation for handling some of the biggest, most challenging issues. Prior to founding the Beltrame Law Firm, Marc had the distinction of pursuing a career in both government and politics.

Brenda Neville, President and CEO, Iowa Motor Truck Association

Brenda Neville has represented the Iowa trucking industry for over 30 years. Since joining the association in 1987, Brenda has served in a variety of roles and was named President and CEO of IMTA in 2008. While she has many different areas of oversight and involvement, her greatest joy is membership outreach and working with the members to find solutions to their challenges and problems.

Randy Guillot, President of Triple G Express, Inc. and Southeastern Motor Freight, Inc., and ATA Chairman

Randy Guillot has more than 33 years of experience working in the trucking industry. Since 1983, Randy has carried on the family tradition of trucking by working for Southeastern Motor Freight, which his grandfather, Aswell Pitre, founded in 1945. In 1985, Randy helped launch Triple G Express, Inc. and he now oversees, collectively, more than 125 employees and contractors. During his time in trucking, Randy has worked in all aspects of the business, ranging from sales and driving to dock work and safety.

Note: A recording will be provided to all approved registrants post webinar even if you are not able to attend.

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