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MCA Speaker Series

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All speakers in this series are members of MCA.

MCA Speaker Series

    • November 17, 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Temple Beth Tikvah 1459 Pine Ridge Road Naples Fl 34109
    • 97

    Israel Between Wars - Six Month Update

    presented by

    Steve Schreier

    Twice a year (in November and March) Steve makes several predictions regarding the political and economic condition in Israel, and in the Middle East in general. He looks back at events since the last war with an eye toward understanding their implications, and projecting forward. How did those predictions turn out and what will the next 6 months look like?

    Steve Schreier, a resident of Massachusetts since 2008 and now Southwest Florida, and the president of the Schreier Group, which provides consulting to non-profit organizations and philanthropic foundations. Prior to that, Steve served as consultant and Senior Vice President of the American Technion Society from 1986-2007, during which he was responsible for the conceptualization, creation and implementation of a comprehensive development structure and program throughout the United States. He has also served in executive positions in Jewish Federations and as a community and campaign consultant for the Council of Jewish Federations.

    Steve's personal ties to Israel are deep-rooted. He lived on a kibbutz for a year of work-study in 1962, and moved to Israel in 1970 to conduct research on his doctorate.

    • February 15, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • JFGN - Community Hall

    Seeking Justice - National Litigation of the Opioid Crisis

    presented by 

    Special Master David R. Cohen and a Panel of Attorneys

    Who Have Litigated and Settled Opioid Cases

    Every MCA member has been touched by the National Opioid Epidemic.  Many of you know someone – perhaps in your own family, or a friend’s family – who has suffered or dealt directly with opioid addiction.  And as overdose deaths skyrocket, more and more of your tax dollars are being used to address the resulting social ills.

    In 2017, cities and counties across the country started to file lawsuits against opioid-related companies, claiming their actions caused the Epidemic and created a “public nuisance.” The defendants are some of the largest companies in the world and include: (1) opioid manufacturers, like Purdue Pharma and Johnson & Johnson; (2) opioid distributors, like Cardinal Health; and (3) opioid dispensers, like Walmart and Walgreens.  

    Every opioid lawsuit in federal court (over 3,000 cases) was transferred into a single “Multi-District Litigation (MDL),” overseen by Judge Dan Aaron Polster in Cleveland, Ohio.  Judge Polster appointed MCA Member David R. Cohen as Special Master to oversee the MDL.  David also oversees the national settlements – so far totaling over $30 Billion – that some of the parties have reached.

    David will present the history of the litigation and describe his role as Special Master.  In addition, David will be joined by a who’s who of attorneys who have actually litigated and settled the Opioid cases: Sheila Birnbaum, Counsel for Purdue and the Sackler Family; Enu Mainigi, Trial Counsel for Cardinal Health; Peter Weinberger, Plaintiffs’ MDL Liaison and Trial Counsel; and Mark Lanier, Plaintiffs’ Lead Trial Counsel.  Each of these attorneys has a stellar national reputation and has spoken at legal seminars across the country.  Interestingly, David, Sheila, Enu, and Peter are all part-time Naples residents. You can read more about these attorneys here.

    If you watched Dopesick, or read Dreamland or Empire of Pain, you won’t want to miss this presentation.

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