Litigation and the Opioid Crisis

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Date: February 5, 2020
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Faculty/Administration #2339 | Map
656 W. Kirby
Detroit, MI 48202
Category: Lecture

The Humanities Center is proud to present as part of its Brown Bag Series, a talk by Lance Gable, Law, Associate Professor



The upsurge of litigation against opioid manufacturers, distributors, and sellers currently proceeding through the US court system—with nearly 3000 state and local governments as plaintiffs—raises a number of complex legal, political, and strategic issues. Although offering a wide array of legal theories, most of the local government lawsuits have been consolidated in a multi-district litigation, currently being overseen by a federal judge in Ohio. The state government lawsuits are mostly proceeding separately in state courts. This multiplicity of theories and plaintiffs may lead to conflict and competition between different plaintiffs, as state and local governments compete to control the legal strategy deployed in the cases and the resources that may be garnered from successful rulings or settlements.

 This presentation explores the trajectory of the litigation as well as the implications of conflict between state and local governments as the opioid lawsuits proceed. The presentation also will examine how legal trends of preemption and privatization affect the ongoing litigation strategies and likely outcomes. The ongoing opioid litigation raises political and strategic concerns about incentives, resource allocation, and legal authority.


These talks are free and open to the public! We also provide free coffee, tea and cake!


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