Posted by: Ray Brescia | March 12, 2018

Litigants Go Where the Feds No Longer Wish to Tread

As the federal government steps back from regulating a wide range of industries, the courts are emerging, more boldly than ever, as the venues where both public and private plaintiffs can rein in industry abuses.  Read the Mother Jones piece on efforts in California around lead paint and the New York Times article on the federal judge managing the complex litigation involving the opioids crisis.  (Full disclosure: I was honored to have been quoted in the lead paint article.)  I have also explored some of the issues implicated in these cases in a piece on the use of litigation and a “mass torts” approach to the problem of subprime mortgages here.

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