Civil litigation is a powerful tool that may be used to redress public health harms and drive policy change; it is one that is currently being wielded by many private Flint citizens, advocacy organizations, and city and state officials. The pending civil lawsuits are based on a variety of legal theories ― one theory that appears frequently is the state-created danger doctrine.
This issue brief is designed to give an overview of the factual context surrounding the Flint water crisis and to provide an introduction to some of the major legal and policy challenges that surfaced during the crisis and its aftermath.
This table summarizes legal theories underlying a number of civil lawsuits and other actions arising from the Flint water crisis. The table is not comprehensive but provides an overview of many key legal issues.
Excessive sodium has been recognized for many years as a danger to health due to its link to high blood pressure. Legal regulation of sodium levels could reduce sodium intake from foods bought at restaurants and stores. When the New York City Board of Health approved a requirement for chain restaurants to post warning labels next to menu items containing high levels of sodium, it was challenged in court.
Attend today’s webinar to hear about legal and policy approaches to address the Zika virus, both internationally and domestically. Experts from the CDC and the Network will provide an overview of the current health risks related to Zika, and will highlight ways in which emergency declarations and executive powers have been used historically to address mosquito-borne virus outbreak. The webinar takes place at 2:30 p.m. ET.
Three pre-conference workshops are offered at the 2016 Public Health law Conference, designed to provide hands-on training and best practices in the areas of health data sharing and privacy, public health policy surveillance, and public health law teaching. Additionally, a career development workshop is offered for students and young professionals. Register by August 16.
It’s estimated that 15,000 deaths are caused by opioid overdose each year. Opioid overdoses are typically reversible through the timely administration of the drug naloxone and the provision of emergency care, and many states have recently amended older laws to increase access to the medication. The Network was recently contacted by a requestor who asked about liability for the administration of naloxone by law enforcement officers in Louisiana.
The Zika virus has made international headlines yet many do not realize the legal impact of the virus. This complimentary CLE session at the American Bar Association Annual Meeting features top national experts, including Network Western Region Director, James G. Hodge, Jr. Speakers will discuss lessons learned from past epidemics, impact on women’s health and health care accessibility, public health legal response, and other aspects.