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Mark Chalos Speaks on Claims Issues in Opiate Crisis Lawsuits at HarrisMartin Opioid MDL Conference

Mark Chalos Speaks on Claims Issues in Opiate Crisis Lawsuits at HarrisMartin Opioid MDL Conference

Lieff Cabraser partner Mark P. Chalos will participate in a panel discussion at the HarrisMartin’s Plaintiff Opioid MDL Conference next week at the Westin Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio. Mark will speak on Monday January 8th on “Third-Party Payor, Class, and Hospital Claims” as they relate to the ongoing national opioid crisis. In December 2017, Mark and the Lieff Cabraser attorney team filed actions in Tennessee federal courts on behalf of both the city of Nashville and the government of Smith County in Middle Tennessee. Prescription opioid drugs are estimated to kill upwards of 100 Americans per day — over 36,000 Americans per year. The cases seek to hold opioid manufacturers and distributors liable for their part in creating and fostering the crisis.

Also in December, the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation formally approved the In re: National Prescription Opiate Litigation, MDL No. 2804. Assigned to Judge Daniel Polster of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, the litigation aggregates more than 200 separate lawsuits relating to the manufacturing, marketing, distribution and related sales practices of prescription opioid drugs by “Big Pharma” drug makers and distributors.

Other program topics at the January HarrisMartin opioids conference include manufacturer and marketing claims, distributor diversion claims and civil RICO, specific causation and the science, and damages strategies, among others.

About Mark Chalos

The managing partner of Lieff Cabraser’s Nashville office, Mark Chalos represents individuals who have suffered catastrophic personal injuries and families whose loved ones died due to the negligence or misconduct of others. He has obtained millions of dollars in settlements for families who have been harmed by wrongful conduct.

Through jury trials, Mr. Chalos has held wrong-doers accountable, including representing 32 school children who were videotaped undressing in their school locker room ($1.28 million jury verdict) and a young woman who suffered a severe brain injury in a car wreck (nearly $4 million jury verdict). He also obtained an $8 million arbitration award on behalf of a business client.