Not So Dope: Multidistrict Opioid Litigation Against Manufacturers and Distributors of Prescription Drugs in the United States

illustration of people in pill capcules falling out of a prescription pill bottle

Photo Credit: Shadrach Michaels, Treating WPC’s Opioid Addiction, Ely Times (Sept. 13, 2019), https://elynews.com/2019/09/13/treating-wpcs-opioid-addiction/.

By: Stephanie Smith
Senior Associate Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

The opioid crisis is a national health crisis that has affected public health, as well as economic and social welfare.  States, cities, municipalities, and Native American tribes across the United States are sounding the alarm on the opioid crisis as one of the worst medical catastrophes in the nation’s history.[1]   Continue reading “Not So Dope: Multidistrict Opioid Litigation Against Manufacturers and Distributors of Prescription Drugs in the United States”

Heating Up: The Rise of Climate Change Litigation

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Photo Credit: https://www.pexels.com/photo/air-air-pollution-climate-change-dawn-221012/

By: Bobby McNeill
Member, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

On October 9, 2019, the Alaska Supreme Court heard oral arguments for Sinnok v. Alaska,which involves a civil suit brought by a group of teens alleging, among other things, that the state of Alaska has failed to protect its citizens from the effects of climate change.[1] Continue reading “Heating Up: The Rise of Climate Change Litigation”

Full Moon, Full Breakfast, and Full Costs

Photo Credit: Mark Theoharis, How Much Are Legal Fees? – Costs of Hiring Different Types of Lawyers, Money Crashers, https://www.moneycrashers.com/legal-fees-hiring-lawyer-costs (last visited Mar. 20, 2019).

By: Gray Gilmore
Associate Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

Because of the high cost of litigation, Congress allows for a party to recover costs as awards. Specifically, there are six categories of litigation expenses that qualify as costs, and parties are limited to these categories unless another federal statute provides otherwise.[1] Nowhere in the general costs statute allows for a cost award to include litigation expenses, such as jury consulting, expert witnesses, and e-discovery.[2] Continue reading “Full Moon, Full Breakfast, and Full Costs”

Concussion Litigation Leading Insurers to Discontinue Coverage for Head Injuries in Football

Photo Credit: Woodruff Health Sciences Center (2017). Emory physicians care for Atlanta Falcons on their journey to the Super Bowl. Available at: http://news.emory.edu/stories/2017/01/emory_docs_head_to_superbowl/ [Accessed 23 Feb. 2019].

By: Catherine Collins
Member, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

Introduction

Recently, ESPN released an article addressing an emerging issue which could potentially endanger the sport of football.[i] The article and coverage on ESPN’s Outside the Lines explains the dissolving insurance market in the contact sports realm regarding coverage for concussions and other head related injuries.[ii] The NFL no longer has general liability insurance covering traumatic head injuries, and only one insurance provider remains in the market for such coverage.[iii] Continue reading “Concussion Litigation Leading Insurers to Discontinue Coverage for Head Injuries in Football”