Litigation Is Not The Solution To The Opioid Epidemic
By William Escobar, Neil Merkl, Clifford Katz and Sumithra NaidooDecember 15, 2017, 3:23 PM EST
Law360, New York (December 15, 2017, 3:23 PM EST) -- According to almost every major media outlet, America is now in the midst of an opioid addiction crisis, which President Trump has declared a “national public health emergency.” Sensational publicity and a growing public demand that something be done have led some to conclude litigation is part of the solution.
In response, state attorney generals and others are seeking redress from pharmaceutical companies for the costs of addiction. Opioid manufacturers are now facing over one hundred actions filed by cities, counties and states across the country....