In late March the ground floor of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas buzzed, clicked and warbled like the money-making turbine it is. On the fourth floor, in a convention room, another once-vaunted money machine was on display, creaking and groaning.

A couple hundred members of the mass torts plaintiffs bar had convened for the 14th edition of “Mass Torts Made Perfect,” seeking some way — any way — to replace the gusher of mass tort work that has largely evaporated. The seminar is the brainchild of plaintiffs lawyer Mike Papantonio of Pensacola, Fla. The name partner of Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Echsner & Proctor made his fortune in the heyday of mass torts litigation in the 1990s, largely by representing asbestos victims.

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