The SAFETY ACT: Reducing the Risks of Lawsuits from Acts of Terrorism

November 12, 2003
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Corporate Breakfast Seminar
8:30 – 10:30 am

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Victims of terrorism seldom sue terrorists or their financial supporters. More often, they sue companies whose products or services failed to prevent or diminish the harm caused by attacks. Recent decisions by New York courts, arising from 9-11, have permitted such liability lawsuits to proceed. Congress, however, has enacted legislation that offers companies substantial protections against such lawsuits in the future. The Support of Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act of 2002 (SAFETY Act) seeks to encourage companies to develop technologies to defeat terrorist attacks, while extending broad protections against lawsuits to companies whose products or services are qualified by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the Act’s protections. Our panel of experts includes Mr. John Mitnick, counsel at DHS who was responsible for drafting the Act’s regulations that take effect this fall.  The panel explains the scope of the Act’s protections, the benefits of qualifying for its protections (and disadvantages of failing to qualify), as well as best practices to improve a company’s chances of making successful application to the DHS.

Includes continental breakfast.

John Mitnick
, Assistant General Counsel for Science and Technology, Department of Homeland Security
Roland Trope, Partner, Trope and Schramm LLP; Adjunct Professor, Department of Law, United States Military Academy
Kevin Kalinich, Director, Aon Technology and Professional Risks Group

Admission: Corporate members are entitled to a designated number of free admissions to this event, based on their company’s current membership level. These reservations must be made at least 48 hours prior to the event. Additional corporate registrants pay the discounted corporate member rate of $20. Nonmember admission: $35. Academic rate is also available.

  • Wednesday, November 12, 2003
  • 8:30 am