Tort and Insurance Law Section

This section provides a venue for attorneys to share views and to develop relationships with colleagues in this area of practice. The section offers CLE on issues impacting both tort and insurance law and sends out case updates to its members.

White & Rhodes, PC
750 Old Hickory Blvd, Suite 2-230
Brentwood, TN 37027
Immediate Past Chair
Henry D. Fincher, Attorney at Law
305 E. Spring Street
Cookeville, TN 38501
Parke Morris & Associates
25 Dr. M.L. King, Jr, Ave # 208
Memphis, TN 38103

AG Slatery Announces Investigation into Opioid Crisis

After a lawsuit was filed in Sullivan County against drug makers earlier this week, Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery announced he is leading a coalition of Attorneys General from across the country in comprehensive investigations into the roots of the opioid epidemic, the Nashville Post reports. The announcement did not name any specific drug makers or targets, but the group will examine the role “parties involved in the manufacture and distribution of opioids may have played in creating or prolonging this problem.”
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Lawsuit Against Opioid Drugmakers Includes Challenge to Tort Reform

The Nashville law firm Branstetter, Stranch and Jennings, which filed a lawsuit on behalf of three Tennessee prosecutors Tuesday seeking to hold three drugmakers financially accountable for the state's opioid epidemic, is using the litigation to challenge the constitutionality of tort reform state lawmakers passed in 2011. That legislation caps the amount of "non-economic" damages such as pain and suffering and punitive damages to a total of $1.25 million in civil lawsuits against businesses, manufacturers, doctors, medical providers and the like. reports.

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