Monday, January 23, 2012
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
What are some of your ideas for doing this? Who has seen this work and how did it work? Let's have your comments.
For more information about the TIPS Disaster Initiative and to attend our programs or access our materials, please click here.
Sunday, January 8, 2012
As part of the TIPS Disaster Initiative, a folder with a Disaster Preparedness Checklist for families and pet owners will be distributed at the Dog Vaccination Clinic. The folder will include a Flash Drive for families and pet owners to use to save the important documents described on the checklist in the event of a disaster. the Flash Drive has been generously donated by TIPS Sponsor UnitedLex.
It is too late to prepare for a disaster after it strikes, you need to be prepared ahead of time. Like the earthquake kits in California, TIPS hopes the disaster preparedness checklists and Flash Drive will be helpful to the families and pet owners of the Ninth Ward. We encourage those TIPS members attending the ABA's Mid-year Meeting in New Orleans to signup as a volunteer and visit the Ninth Ward on Saturday, February 4th. Transportation will be provided. As a volunteer you have a choice of two hour time slots starting at 11:00 a.m. Sign up at the TIPS registration desk at the Mid-year Meeting. You are also encouraged to attend the CLE programs on Friday, February 3rd.
Friday, January 6, 2012
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
In an interview with Catherine Dunn of Corporate Counsel, Kenneth Feinberg discusses his views on special masters and tort reform. As a special master of some of the largest funds established post-disaster, Feinberg expects the criticism that goes with the job. There is a learning curve for each post-disaster fund. But the statistics evidence the success of these funds and of Feinberg’s efforts in administering these funds. It is the percentage of participation in these funds rather than in the tort/litigation system that illustrate the success of these funds. In a year’s time, the Gulf Coast Claims Facility established by BP after the oil spill, has processed 97% of more than 1 million claims. In the September 11th fund, 97% of the death claims were resolved through the fund rather than through litigation.
As he discussed in the September Teleconferences hosted by the American Bar Association’s Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Feinberg does not believe there should be a special court dedicated to handling mass disasters. Nor should the September 11th fund be replicated, asking why there should be a carve-out for handling the claims of only a few people who have been victims of life’s misfortunes. He is not an advocate of tort reform, stating that the system works daily in every court in every city, village and town in this country and it works pretty well.
For more on this interesting topic and the upcoming TIPS Disaster Initiative programs at the ABA's Mid-Year Meeting in New Orleans focusing on Disasters Caused by Negligence, including both Katrina and the BP disaster, please visit TIPS Disaster Initiative page and the Mid-Year Program page. You can listen to a podcast about the Mid-Year Disaster Initiative program and the DP disaster fund for the Deepwater Horizon disaster by clicking here. You can watch and listen to Feinberg’s discussion of the September 11th Victim’s compensation fund on West LegalEd Center’s archive of the September 11th Disaster Initiative Telecasts.