We are a mission-driven firm. We believe that everyone should have access to affordable, high quality healthcare, a clean environment, and a safe community. We are fierce advocates on the side of people. To that end, a core part of our work involves using the law – and litigation – to help protect and promote the public health and our shared communities.
What that means is that when we have the opportunity to “do good,” we try to. We use the law to achieve justice for our clients, and often for the broader community. We do it, because it works.
One good example where we have been intimately involved is tobacco litigation. As the Surgeon General’s 50th Anniversary Report made clear in 2014, litigation against the tobacco companies has “proven to be a tool for advancing the fundamental public health goal of tobacco control—reducing the morbidity and mortality caused by tobacco products.”
Accordingly, even when we may disagree within the firm about what "doing good" really means, that just reflects the diversity of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives that we share and value. And we all agree on public health.
Today, our firm is investigating:
Health insurance company failures to properly cover and reimburse policyholders
Electronic cigarettes aimed at youth
Over-billing by pharmacies
Other successful public health investigations and litigation led by our attorneys, prior to their time at the firm, include:
Representing 30 state Attorneys General in defending the landmark public health gains of the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement and its implementing statutes.
Obtaining favorable settlements against liquid nicotine companies whose products failed to comply with the state’s law requiring child-resistant packaging.
Representing persons injured from defective pharmaceutical drugs, including Baycol and Vioxx. Cases settled on favorable terms to each client.
Representing a local environmental group in challenging a state agency’s issuance of a permit to an industrial chicken farm, emitting over 70 tons of ammonia into a wildlife refuge and nearby local community.
Co-leading 40 states’ coordinated investigation into the opioid crisis and role of the “big three” opioid distributors.
Leading the New York Attorney General’s case against a Canadian cigarette manufacturer and its U.S. distributor for the illegal sale and delivery of cheap contraband cigarettes, with damages to the State in excess of $3 billion.
Contributing to the successful revision of laws protecting people who were misdiagnosed with cancer, giving them better access to justice.
Highlighting the lack of price transparency in medical services.
Public health – whether it is access to services, insurance coverage, the remediation of environmental dangers, safe products, or safer communities – is essential to our society and the common good. If you have a problem, call us. We may not be able to fix it, but we will listen.
Contact our experienced attorneys today at +1.917.985.3995 or Health@PollockCohen.com to arrange a free, confidential consultation.