|Mock Trial Will Demonstrate the Impact of Standards in Court
ASTM International is holding a mock trial with gavel, judge, and jury but will impose no sentences.
On Nov. 5 at the Fountainbleu Hilton in Miami Beach, ASTM Committee F08 on Sports Equipment and Facilities will present a mock trial of attorneys and expert witnesses to show the risks involved in creating standards for sports equipment and facilities. Admission is $50.
The committee invites sports-equipment manufacturers and consultants, physicians, athletes, coaches, risk managers, scientists, organizations offering sports, recreational associations, and government authorities to the event.
Top flight trial lawyers will show how simple issues become complex in product-liability litigation, says committee-member Mark S. Granger, attorney, Morrison Mahoney and Miller Boston, Mass. A similar program in 1994 was a big success with over 200 attendees in Phoenix, he says. There will be several F08 members participating along with attorney-members of the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Associations Sport Litigators.
The program will explore ways to address sports injuries and consumer awareness through standards, Granger says: The trial will present an opportunity to examine the standards-setting process and to reassess what role standards should play in reducing serious athletic injuries.
For information, contact Mark S. Granger, Morrison Mahoney and Miller, Boston, Mass. (phone: 617/439-7518). Committee F08 meets Nov. 6-9 in Miami Beach. For membership or meeting details, contact Jim Olshefsky, director, Committee Services, ASTM International (phone: 610/832-9714). //
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