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Facing complaints of excessive fees, Texas counties release billing records of their opioid lawyers for free

By Daniel Fisher | Oct 10, 2018

Texas counties that demanded tens of thousands of dollars to provide billing records from outside attorneys representing them in opioid lawsuits have mostly agreed to hand them over for free

Opioid lawsuits should proceed, magistrate tells MDL judge

By Daniel Fisher | Oct 9, 2018

A magistrate judge recommended that a bellwether trial against the opioid industry proceed, rejecting nearly all the arguments presented by manufacturers, distributors and retailers in their motions to dismiss hundreds of lawsuits accusing them of causing a national crisis.

EEOC: North Carolina real estate software provider fired employee for receiving opioid treatment

By Marian Johns | Oct 1, 2018

RALEIGH - The federal government is suing a North Carolina real estate closing and title insurance software provider, alleging it fired an employee because he was receiving opioid addiction treatment.

Opioid lawyers say settlement may hinge on forcing plaintiffs into class action

By Dan Fisher | Sep 28, 2018

A settlement binding all potential plaintiffs may be the only practical way of ending nearly 2,000 lawsuits against manufacturers, distributors and retailers of addictive opioid painkillers, said plaintiff lawyers attending a conference on opioid litigation this week.

Colorado accuses opioid manufacturer of misrepresenting addiction risks

By Marian Johns | Sep 14, 2018

DENVER — Colorado has filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma LP and Purdue Pharama Inc., alleging the companies misled the state's health care providers and consumers regarding the risks of addiction from prescription opioids.

Arizona attorney general: Purdue Pharma violated consent order regarding deceptive opioid marketing

By Marian Johns | Sep 14, 2018

TUCSON — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has filed legal action against OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma, alleging the company violated a 2017 consent order prohibiting the use of deceptive opioid marketing.

Want to know what opioid lawyers are up to in Texas? It costs thousands to find out

By Daniel Fisher | Sep 14, 2018

Some Texas counties are demanding tens of thousands of dollars to comply with open-records requests for documents detailing the time and expenses private attorneys have racked up so far representing them in opioid litigation.

Texas AG finds county violated state law in request for opioid lawyers' billing records

By Dan Fisher | Aug 31, 2018

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has found that a Texas County has violated state law by refusing to comply with a request for the billing records of private attorneys the county hired to sue opioid manufacturers and distributors

Pittsburgh's hired guns move in on Philadelphia's turf as opioid lawyers jostle for power

By John O'Brien | Aug 29, 2018

The fighting in Pennsylvania among plaintiffs lawyers working on contingency fees has escalated this summer

Lawyers for Texas counties in opioid cases may not have valid contracts

By Daniel Fisher | Aug 24, 2018

Some lawyers and Texas counties who have teamed to sue the opioid industry have not received the required approval from a state official.

Massachusetts behavioral health center agrees to settle alleged excessive fees for opioid treatment

By Marian Johns | Aug 17, 2018

BOSTON — A Massachusetts behavioral health care center will pay $612,000 for allegedly charging patients excessive cash fees for opioid addiction treatments that already were covered by the state's Medicaid program (MassHealth).

Texas officials were 'in over their heads' when they struck deals with opioid lawyers

By Dan Fisher | Aug 16, 2018

When it hired outside lawyers to represent it in lawsuits against the opioid industry, Harris County agreed to pay a contingency fee of 35%, more than double the rate in Dallas County and equal to the highest in the state.

Employer can't be ordered to pay for medical marijuana, Maine SC rules; Dissent says workers could be pushed to opioids

By Elizabeth Alt | Jun 28, 2018

The Maine Supreme Court has issued a ruling that a company cannot be required to pay for an injured employee's medical marijuana. The dissenting justices argued that this decision ignores what’s best for the injured worker.

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