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George Jepsen and Perry Zinn Rowthorn Weigh in on State-Led Opioid Litigation and the Impact of Local Government Lawsuits

March 4, 2019

Shipman & Goodwin partners George Jepsen (former Connecticut State Attorney General) and Perry Zinn Rowthorn (former Connecticut Deputy Attorney General) have first-hand experience with the high priority placed on the opioid crisis by state attorneys general across the country. In “Leave Opioid Lawsuits to State Attorneys General,” an op-ed they authored in The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Jepsen and Mr. Rowthorn discuss the importance of the investigations and litigation led by the critical mass of 36 state attorneys general. They also caution that the progress towards meaningful settlements has been complicated by a continuing barrage of municipal lawsuits.

In addition to explaining how state attorneys general possess the authority critical to achieving comprehensive settlements with opioid manufacturers and distributors, and why local governments would benefit more from those settlements than from individual lawsuits, Mr. Jepsen and Mr. Rowthorn argue that the central role played by state attorneys general in consumer protection must be preserved.

Mr. Jepsen and Mr. Rowthorn lead the firm’s innovative State Attorneys General practice, which represents corporate clients in the full range of investigations and enforcement actions brought by state attorneys general throughout the country. While in their capacity as state officials, they led a number of high-profile national Attorney General investigations, litigation matters and settlements.

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