Workshop: How Local Government Lawsuits Supersede State Legislative Authority: What To Do About It

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How Local Government Lawsuits Supersede State Legislative Authority: What To Do About It

Local government lawsuits are popping up across the country over a wide range of policy issues from climate and labor, to data breaches and opioid use. Local governments are being pitched by enterprising plaintiffs’ lawyers who offer to sue on behalf of the locality “for free,” while the locality may find appealing the publicity of dealing with some of today’s complex policy problems. However, these lawsuits create more problems than they solve. Join us to hear from field experts about how poorly equipped local lawsuits are to address national problems, how much more expensive and less efficient lawsuits town-by-town will end up being to taxpayers, and how these lawsuits-if successful-will force policy changes upon states without going through the state legislature. Panelists will share some of the ways states are looking to better manage local lawsuits and offer ideas for keeping these trial lawyer-promoted tactics from undermining democratic governance.