From: National Whistleblowers Center [mailto:ek@whistleblowers.org]

Sent: Tuesday, November 11, 2008 2:13 PM

To: 

Subject: Special Training: “Whistleblower Protections in the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act of 2008”

 

SPECIAL TRAINING

 

“Whistleblower Protections in the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act of 2008”

 

The National Whistleblowers Center Announces the First Legal

Training Seminar on New Whistleblower Protections Contained in the

Consumer Product Safety Act

 

Willard Intercontinental Hotel

Taft Room

1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C.

 

Friday, November 21, 2008 – Space is Limited

(CLE credit available)

Scholarships Available

 

On August 14th, 2008, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act became law. This Act contains groundbreaking whistleblower protections covering millions of workers employed in the manufacture, distribution, and sale of consumer goods. The Act contains strong pro-employee provisions, including the right to a trial by jury, compensatory damages and attorney’s fees and costs.

 

The law protects workers who blow the whistle on safety problems in over 15,000 different types of consumer products, including Asbestos, benzene, bicycle helmets, blasting caps, carpets and rugs, caustic or corrosive substances, 
flammable products, 
fabrics, 
fireworks, gasoline, 
toxic substances, 
imported consumer products, lead paint, and 
toys. The protections extend beyond the Consumer Products Safety Act, an include disclosures concerning violations of the Federal Hazardous Substances Act, the Flammable Fabrics Act, and the Poison Prevention Packaging Act.

 

This is the first seminar specifically designed to train plaintiff’s lawyers in the mechanics of the Act, and how this law would protect witnesses in product liability cases.

 

To register on line please click here.

 

To review the full program and faculty click here.

 

For more information or request a scholarship contact: 
Estelle S. Kohn
 — Seminar Coordinator — National Whistleblowers Center
 — 3238 P Street, NW
 — Washington, DC 20007
 — Phone: 202-342-1903 — 
Fax: 202-342-1904 — 
Email: ek@whistleblowers.org

 

 

SEMINAR SCHEDULE


Friday, November 21st, 2008

 

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

 

PANEL I: SCOPE & OVERVIEW OF THE LAW – CLE 1.5

• Legislative history and content


• Summary of the law’s substantive and procedural requirements


• Overview of the cutting edge provisions contained in America’s newest whistleblower law

10:45a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

 

PANEL II: DEPARTMENT OF LABOR LITIGATION PROCESS – CLE 1.5

 

• Overview of initial complaint and the OSHA investigative process


• How to properly exhaust administrative procedures


• Overview of DOL whistleblower adjudicatory rules

 

12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. LUNCH BREAK

 

1:35 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.

 

PANEL III: CRITICAL LEGAL ISSUES – CLE 1.5

 

• Whether to litigate a case in the DOL or remove to federal court


• How to ensure trial by jury


• Obtaining compensatory damages and other special relief


• Relationship between the Act and pendant state claims


• How to prevail under the “contributory factor” standard

 

3:20 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.

 

PANEL IV: HOW WE GOT HERE AND WHERE WE GO NEXT – CLE 1.5

ROUNDTABLE

 

• Strategic planning to ensure that new case precedents decided by the Department of Labor and the courts are consistent with Congress’ intent to provide strong relief for whistleblowers working in the manufacturing sector.

REGISTRATION FEE $495.00

Scholarships Available

Space limited

 

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