December 31, 1969

McKenna: While Congress Tackles Opioid Crisis, Lawyers Seek Payday

Former Washington State Attorney General and U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) consultant Rob McKenna writes that “plaintiffs’ lawyers have dusted off the ‘tobacco playbook’ to enlist state and local officials to cash in on the opioid epidemic,” in a guest ILR blog.

He states that while Congress acted in a bipartisan fashion to address the crisis, plaintiffs’ lawyers are making unsolicited offers to sue on behalf of state and local officials on a contingency fee basis—with fees up to 25 percent. McKenna warns that such fees should be limited and that after the 1998 tobacco settlement, “most state tobacco money has been diverted to fund other priorities and backfill budget holes.” 

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