Public Health Litigation (LAW-719K-001)
The past several decades have witnessed a proliferation of lawsuits with important public health implications, including suits against manufacturers of tobacco, asbestos, cars, guns, and certain types of food. Although distinct, these suits raise many common doctrinal, policy, and practical challenges and opportunities for litigators and public health advocates. This course will examine the value of using litigation to advance public health policy and will also consider recent trends that may pose barriers to public health litigation. The course will feature several prominent guest lecturers, including David Vladeck, former Director of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection; Stephen Gardner, Director of Litigation for the Center for Science in the Public Interest; and Donald Gifford, the Edward M. Roberts Research Professor of Law at the University of Maryland and author of Suing the Tobacco and Lead Pigment Industries: Government Litigation as Public Health Prescription. Academic credit requirement: Take home exam, due 3 weeks after the course ends.
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