Tierney in the Press
Tierney in the Press provides a representative collection of media engagements by James E. Tierney on various news items involving state attorneys general. To view an exhaustive list of press engagements, please go to the National State Attorneys General press archives section.
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A wave of litigation by state attorneys general against the biggest opioid manufacturers and distributors feels reminiscent of lawsuits brought by states in the 1990s against the tobacco industry.
James Tierney interviewed on recent suits by state attorneys general against opioid manufacturers: What can be learned from similar suits against big tobacco in the 1990s?
Ailsa Chang, "Opioids As The New Big Tobacco," Morning Edition: Planet Money, NPR, June 30, 2017.
- Alexander Burns, “Hawaii Sues to Block Trump Travel Ban; First Challenge to Order,” The New York Times, March 8, 2017.
Bloomberg Law podcast, featuring Director James E. Tierney and Professor Paul Nolette of Marquette University looks at the possible enforcement focus of state attorneys general, particularly Democratic AGs, under the Trump administration.
- "Democrats Battling Trump Administration," Bloomberg Law (podcast), Dec 16, 2016.
James Tierney discusses the reality of perceived conflicts of interest when a state attorney general launches an investigation into a nonprofit organization for potential violations of state laws.
- Dana Liebelson, "Here's The Problem With The Latest Planned Parenthood Video," Huffington Post, Apr 16, 2016.
In light of the sudden passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, James Tierney notes that decisions on pending cases involving a coalition of Republican attorneys general are now up in the air.
- Eric Lipton, "Conservative Effort to Challenge Obama Programs Is Weakened By Scalia's Death," New York Times, Feb 13, 2016
Using the investigation into Flint’s water crisis, James Tierney explains that state attorneys general often find themselves on opposite sides of the same case. Tierney discusses the options available to a state attorney general under such circumstances.
- Dana Liebelson and Arthur Delaney, "Michigan GOPer Investigating Flint Water Crisis Also Defending State Against Flint Lawsuit," Huffington Post, Jan 20, 2016
Tierney tells the New York Times that the “law in Illinois is clearly on the side of the attorney general” when it comes to who represents the state its officials, and the state’s litigation positions in court.
- Adam Liptak, "It's Illinois vs. Illinois in Supreme Court Duel for Justices Attention," New York Times, Oct 26, 2015.
As the states begin their investigation into the Volkswagen emissions scandal, James Tierney tells the PBS News Hour that a large-scale civil settlement is likely, but only after any and all criminal investigation and cases have been resolved.
- Ronnie Green (Associated Press), "States likely to seek settlement in Volkswagen emissions investigation," PBS News Hour, Oct 20, 2015.
Despite party disparities, James Tierney explains that, historically, disputes between a state’s governor and attorney general are common and rarely based on partisan politics.
- Brent Kendall and Amy Harder, "Governors, Attorneys General at Odds Over Obama Policies," Wall Street Journal, Oct 8, 2015.