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Opioid lawyers propose a global settlement team; Pa. attorney critical, says it's likely a ploy to boost their fees

By Daniel Fisher | Jun 15, 2019

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - Acknowledging it is “likely impossible” to negotiate individual settlements on behalf the nearly 2,000 cities and counties suing the opioid industry, plus thousands more watching from the sidelines, plaintiff lawyers have proposed a unique solution: A “negotiation class” designed to strike a global bargain on behalf of every municipality in the country.

Lawsuit says generic medications were contaminated with cancer-causing impurity

By Carrie Bradon | Jun 14, 2019

CAMDEN, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – Two manufacturers and a distributor of generic medications are alleged to have sold contaminated products.

Man alleges Oreos aren't 'made with real cocoa,' as advertised

By Carrie Bradon | Jun 14, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – The makers of Oreo cookies are facing a lawsuit from a California man over allegations the cookies' "made with real cocoa" label is false and deceptive.

Lawsuit challenges when doctors can refuse treatment based on personal views

By Carrie Bradon | Jun 14, 2019

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – A group of states is suing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services over a regulation that grants health providers the right to deny medical treatment and services based on the provider's personal views.

Trump's 'overt hostility' toward California caused termination of $1B high-speed rail grant, state claims

By Carrie Bradon | Jun 14, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – California and its High-Speed Rail Authority are challenging the federal government's decision to terminate and de-obligate nearly $1 billion in federal grant money for the state's high-speed rail project, alleging the decision is a result of President Donald Trump's "overt hostility" to the state.

J&J finally gets chance to question opioids researcher during Oklahoma trial, fights 'kingpin' remark

By John Sammon | Jun 14, 2019

NORMAN , Okla. (Legal Newsline) – On his third day of testimony, an opioids researcher was cross-examined by attorneys for Johnson & Johnson as the company defends itself from allegations that it is to blame for the nation's addiction crisis.

'It keeps changing': Oklahoma's opioid strategy is a 700-year-old English law that used to regulate wandering sheep

By Daniel Fisher | Jun 13, 2019

NORMAN, Okla. (Legal Newsline) - The opioid trial now underway in a county courthouse in Oklahoma offers the first look at a legal strategy that could result in tens of billions of dollars in liability against the manufacturers and distributors of addictive narcotic painkillers in similar lawsuits nationwide.

Oklahoma witness in opioid trial says drug users not to blame for addiction crisis

By John Sammon | Jun 13, 2019

NORMAN, Okla. (Legal Newsline) – During a second day of testimony, an opioid researcher questioned by private attorneys hired by the State of Oklahoma said opioid sellers like Johnson & Johnson sought to shift blame for a prescription drug epidemic onto those not responsible.

Marketing of J&J's opioids discussed at Oklahoma's big trial

By John Sammon | Jun 11, 2019

NORMAN, Okla. (Legal Newsline) – A marketing specialist told attorneys for the State of Oklahoma on Monday that the rise in the sales of opioid drugs could be tied to a similar rise over the same period from 1996 to 2017 to deaths from overdose.

In New Hampshire, it's a secret which lawyers have been hired for PFAS lawsuits, and their contract could be challenged

By John O'Brien | Jun 11, 2019

CONCORD, N.H. (Legal Newsline) – New Hampshire’s attorney general either will be hiring or has already hired a mystery law firm to handle the State’s lawsuits in the burgeoning field of PFAS litigation.

PFAS lawsuits continue; Two in New Mexico allege harm to cows

By Rich Peters | Jun 10, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Legal Newsline) - As the federal government determines the toxicity level for humans exposed to chemicals known as PFAS, new lawsuits allege harm to cows.

JetSmarter files motion to dismiss lawsuit brought by member, cites arbitration clause in agreement

By Charmaine Little | Jun 10, 2019

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – On May 31, JetSmarter Inc. asked the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey to grant its motion to dismiss and a compel a former member who is suing them into arbitration.

Google unsuccessful in escaping monopoly lawsuit over stock photo search results

By Scott Holland | Jun 10, 2019

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – A federal judge has refused to let Google out of a lawsuit against it filed by a stock photography website.

Okla. AG's lawyers offer testimony of addict in big opioid trial, but witness said he never used J&J's products

By John Sammon | Jun 10, 2019

NORMAN, Okla. (Legal Newsline) – A resident of this small Oklahoma town recounted the hell of his addiction to opioid drugs that began with a legal prescription and then spiraled out of control, testifying in a lawsuit accusing Johnson & Johnson of causing a drug epidemic.

As NYC Bar considers ethics of litigation finance, it will keep secret the comments it received from the public

By Daniel Fisher | Jun 7, 2019

As NYC Bar considers ethics of litigation finance, it will keep secret the comments it received from the public

File & ServeXpress has the expertise to integrate legal filings across many court systems

By Robert Hadley | Jun 6, 2019

Although e-filing court documents has streamlined the legal process, no universal standards exist for transmitting data. It’s up to the sender to learn the requirements to match each system.

Why did a public defender bill $400K in a $300M class action settlement? Boston judge wants answers at hearing

By Dan Fisher | Jun 6, 2019

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - The federal judge who ordered a wide-ranging investigation into the fee practices of Labaton Sucharow and a Massachusetts law firm in the $300 million State Street Bank & Trust case isn’t done asking questions yet.

Oklahoma's hired guns continue to portray Johnson & Johnson as evil to judge in opioid trial

By John Sammon | Jun 6, 2019

NORMAN, Okla. (Legal Newsline) – On Wednesday, private attorneys hired by the State of Oklahoma on a contingency fee accused Janssen Pharmaceuticals, the drug arm of Johnson & Johnson, of ignoring the warning signs of a nationwide addiction crisis in order to maximize profit.

Consumers allege Cento tomatoes are not San Marzano tomatoes as labeled

By Carrie Bradon | Jun 5, 2019

OAKLAND, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – Three California residents are suing a food distributor over allegations that they were sold tomatoes that were not from a specific region of Italy.

Eater alleges Kroger can't use 'artisan' on vanilla ice cream because it is a mass-manufactured

By Carrie Bradon | Jun 5, 2019

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A California woman alleges a grocery store chain’s use of the word “artisan” on a flavor of ice cream is deceptive and misleading.

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