On February 28 and 29, I, along with Paul Brogan, Director of Supply QA for Burger King Corporation, will be co-chairing a conference on “Managing the Risks of Manufacturing in China” in Las Vegas. The conference is aimed at quality assurance and product safety officers and legal counsel dealing with product liability and litigation. My presentation will focus on dealing the benefits of arbitration in dealing with China manufacturers, the things to look out for in drafting an arbitration clause with your Chinese manufacturer, and how to serve a Chinese manufacturer when all else fails.
The following topics will be discussed:

• Designing an agreement with Chinese suppliers that is enforceable in China
• Evaluating the full spectrum of risk and seeking suppliers accordingly
• Segregating and quantifying products to easily dissect the product line in the event of a defect or safety issue
• Implementing internal quality assurance controls that can withstand the scrutiny of media attention or litigation
• Ensuring Chinese suppliers are complying with their commitments
• Determining what type of insurance is available and what specific policy exclusions might apply
• Moving quickly and effectively to remove defective products from the market
• Dealing with the potentially negative publicity of a recall
• Pursuing litigation against a Chinese manufacturer in China

The following people are slated to speak:
Tom Bohan
Vice President, Legal
The Home Depot (Atlanta, GA)
Paul J. Brogan
Director – Supply QA, North America,
Product Safety and Regulatory, Burger King Corporation (Miami, FL)
Konrad Cailteux
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP (New York, NY)
Audrey Chen
Jun He Law Offices (Beijing, China)
Jonathan M. Cohen
Gilbert Randolph LLP (Washington, DC)
Steven Cooper
Anderson Kill & Olick, P.C. (New York, NY)
Neil A. Goldberg
Goldberg Segalla LLP (Buffalo, NY)
Michael Lyle
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP (Washington, DC)
Arvin Maskin
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP (New York, NY)
Dr. Chairman Emeritus
Exponent, Inc. (Menlo Park, CA)
John J. McDonough
Cozen & O’Connor (New York, NY)
Richard W. O’Brien
Office of International Programs and Intergovernmental Affairs
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (Washington, DC)
Richard Oetheimer
Goodwin Procter LLP (Boston, MA)
Lucas G. Paglia
Associate General Counsel
American Eagle Outfitters (Warrendale, PA)
Ricardo Pineda
Director of Manufacturing Engineering
Plantronics Inc (Santa Cruz, CA)
Mark B. Seiger
Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge (Hartford, CT)
Andrew C. Spacone
Senior Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary
Textron Inc. (Providence, RI)
Bob Tellier
Divisional Vice President, Global Sourcing
True Value Company (Chicago, IL)
Alice Young
Kaye Scholer LLP (New York, NY)
For more information, or to sign up, go here.
See you there!