Governments and Municipalities

Keller Rohrback has successfully represented government entities in a wide range of complex litigation. Whether fighting environmental contamination, combating antitrust activities, or recovering hundreds of millions of dollars from misleading investments, Keller Rohrback knows how to work effectively and collaboratively with and for government clients. Our unparalleled experience in consumer protection, antitrust and other areas of law—plus our hands-on, cooperative approach to litigation—have made our firm an effective partner for governments, sovereign nations and government-sponsored entities (GSEs).

Representative Cases

King County vs. Opioid Manufacturers

On January 5, 2018, Keller Rohrback L.L.P. filed suit on behalf of King County in Washington State against prescription opioid manufacturers Purdue, Endo, and Janssen, as well as other related entities and individuals responsible for the opioid epidemic.The suit was filed to hold the Defendants accountable for their “reckless promotion of the use of potent opioids for chronic pain while deliberately downplaying the significant risks of the addiction and overdose.” King County is on the front line of combating the resulting opioid crisis and has suffered significant economic damages as a result. Read more here.

The City of Tacoma vs. Opioid Manufacturers 

Keller Rohrback filed a complaint on behalf of the City of Tacoma in Washington against Purdue, Endo and Janssen, three of the biggest manufacturers of prescription opioids in the United States. The suit was filed to hold Purdue, Endo and Janssen accountable for an opioid epidemic that is having devastating consequences in Tacoma and across the country. For over 20 years, the Defendants allegedly provided false and misleading information to doctors and patients about the safety and efficacy of prescription opioids. Keller Rohrback is working closely with Tacoma officials to catalog the city’s damages and build a comprehensive case against these pharmaceutical companies. Learn more about the case here.

State of Oregon vs. Monsanto Company et al.

Keller Rohrback, and the State of Oregon filed suit against Monsanto seeking to hold the chemical giant responsible for the toxic contamination it created across the state. Monsanto, the sole manufacturer of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (commonly known as PCBs), hid the dangers of this widely used suite of chemicals. PCBs are found in river sediments and measured in the tissues of fish and wildlife throughout the state. Oregon’s Attorney General, Ellen Rosenblum, appointed Keller Rohrback attorneys Amy Williams-Derry, Derek Loeser, and Daniel Mensher, along with attorneys from law firm Stoll Berne, as Special Assistant Attorneys General to represent the state in this critical litigation.

The Republic of the Marshall Islands vs. United States of America et al.

Keller Rohrback represented the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) in an action for breach of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and also represented the RMI in cases at the International Court of Justice against the United Kingdom, India, and Pakistan, for breach of treaty and violations of customary international law. For this ground-breaking work, Keller Rohrback was nominated by the International Peace Bureau for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize as part of the legal team, together with the RMI’s former Foreign Minister, Tony deBrum.