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Mark Chalos Addresses Opioid Crisis Responses

Mark Chalos Addresses Opioid Crisis Responses at AAJ Winter Convention

On February 3rd, Lieff Cabraser partner Mark P. Chalos spoke at the American Association for Justice’s Winter 2018 Convention in Maui, Hawaii. Part of a specialized track entitled “Responding to the Opioid Crisis,” Mark spoke on the legal and practical elements of bringing public nuisance and RICO claims against opioid manufacturers and distributors.

Every single day, over 110 Americans die from opioid overdoses. This national health crisis extends beyond individual tragedies and affects the social and economic welfare of the entire country. Prescription opioid sales quadrupled in the U.S. in the last decade, resulting in tens of thousands of deaths per year from prescription opioid overdoses. Recent analyses show that 60,000 Americans died in 2016 alone from injuries related to opioid addiction. Many surviving victims, cities, counties, and even entire states are filing lawsuits against drug manufacturers and distributors for their role in this horrific nationwide opioid epidemic.

Along with Mark’s presentation, the convention’s opioids Special Track included presentations on causation, ethical considerations, distributor cases, theories of manufacturer liability, and next steps in the wake of the recent multidistrict aggregation of opioid injury impact cases.

Read the full AAJ Winter Convention agenda.

About the American Association for Justice

The American Association for Justice provides trial attorneys with information, professional support and a nationwide network that enables them to most effectively and expertly represent clients. The mission of the American Association for Justice is to promote a fair and effective justice system – and to support the work of attorneys in their efforts to ensure that any person who is injured by the misconduct or negligence of others can obtain justice in America’s courtrooms, even when taking on the most powerful interests. Visit the AAJ online at justice.org.

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.