2019 Monsanto Lecture

April 8, 2019
Benson classroom

Unconventional Responses to Unique Catastrophes:
Tailoring the Law to Meet the Challenges

Presented by Kenneth R. Feinberg
Special Master, September 11th Victim Compensation Fund

This lecture will focus on mass disasters like 9/11, the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Boston Marathon bombings, and the GM ignition switch mass litigation, and how the law responds in such unique circumstances to create alternatives
to the conventional litigation system. Mr. Feinberg will focus on programs he designed and administered in such cases: the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, the BP Oil Spill Fund, etc. Special emphasis will be placed on why these unique funds are so successful, and why they are not particularly a precedent for future changes in our current legal system.

About the Monsanto Lecture Series

This annual series of lectures is endowed by a gift from the Monsanto Fund. The gift enables Valparaiso University Law School to invite distinguished scholars and professionals to critically reexamine the theory of tort law as it has evolved
in this country. Valparaiso University Law School would like to thank  Richard Duesenberg for his role in making the Monsanto Lectures possible. A 1953 graduate, Mr. Duesenberg was Monsanto’s Senior Vice President and General Counsel and Secretary.

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