On March 5, 2018, Lieff Cabraser partner Mark P. Chalos spoke to NewsChannel 5+ Open Line about Nashville’s lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors filed in the wake of the opioids catastrophe plaguing the Nashville area as well as the wider U.S. The lawsuit seeks accountability from manufacturers and distributors for economic harms caused by the opioid crisis local to Nashville, Tennessee. The ongoing litigation aims to recover public funds spent combating the opiates crisis. This horrific and ongoing prescription drug epidemic killed over 200 Nashville residents in 2017 alone.
View the full NewsChannel 5 Nashville interview below.
Ongoing Harm from the Opioid Catastrophe in Tennessee
The opioid drug catastrophe has resulted in a flood of opioids available for illicit use or sale in and around Tennessee, and it has created a population of Tennessee patients physically and psychologically dependent on these drugs. When those patients can no longer afford or legitimately obtain opioids, they often turn to the street to buy illegally diverted prescription opioids or heroin or other illicit opioid drugs. The harm to these individuals, to their families, and to the communities around them is a continuing tragedy that is straining the lives and resources of cities and communities, including hospitals and health care, insurers, law enforcement and fire and medical emergency personnel, courts, government administration, child and infant care, prisons, and schools and educational facilities.
Learn more about Lieff Cabraser’s opioid litigation work on behalf of governmental entities and funds.
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.