In the 1990s, as Mississippi’s attorney general, Mike Moore launched a lawsuit against 13 tobacco companies that eventually resulted in a $246 billion, 50-state settlement.
His state lawsuit had become a swarm of suits backed by dozens of states and elite private attorneys, and then a victory that Moore proudly called the “Most historic public health achievement in history.”
He’s now using what he learned fighting the tobacco industry to take on pharmaceutical companies, who he says are responsible for the nation’s opioid epidemic.
“I work on this 7 days a week because I know at the end, maybe I’ll be a little bit a part of saving a lot of lives,” said Moore, now 66.
Moore, who wanted to be a priest when he was younger, now spends his days trekking across the country to build a coalition of officials – like he did when he sued tobacco companies.
“Mr. President, is this really a national emergency? If it is, let’s get everybody in the same room tomorrow,” Moore said.
Chip Robertson, a former chief justice of the Missouri Supreme Court, said that many have tried to do what Moore is doing and given up.
A veteran of Moore’s winning fight against Big Tobacco, he has now joined Moore’s team of top-flight attorneys and state and local officials in the battle against Big Pharma.