CINCINNATI (Legal Newsline) - The nation’s largest pharmacy chains have asked a federal appeals court to block an order requiring them to turn over more than a decade of nationwide prescription data, saying it could compromise the privacy rights of millions of consumers.
WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) - A Delaware judge has ordered pharmaceutical distributor AmerisourceBergen to open its books and records to lawyers investigating a possible lawsuit over the company’s allegedly improper sales of opioids, opening a potentially expensive new front in litigation that has already cost the industry billions.
NORMAN, Okla. (Legal Newsline) – The state of Oklahoma is asking the Cleveland County District Court to levy nearly a half-million dollars against pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson for court costs after winning a $465 million victory over the company in August for allegedly causing the state’s opioid crisis.
CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - A federal judge has ordered the nation’s leading pharmacy chains to turn over billions of nationwide prescription records going back 14 years - even as the American Civil Liberties Union and some states attack similar requests by the government as overbroad and an invasion of privacy.
CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - Saying they have been unfairly targeted because of their deep pockets, pharmacies facing trial in opioid multidistrict litigation in Ohio later this year filed claims against hundreds of unnamed practitioners who may have written improper prescriptions for addictive painkillers.
LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline) - Michigan upped the ante in the litigation war against the opioid industry, suing the nation’s largest pharmaceutical distributors under a law written to strip assets from criminal drug dealers.
WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) - A Delaware judge has refused to certify the state’s appeal of an order dismissing its opioid claims against Walgreens, at least temporarily upholding a rare industry victory in litigation over the opioid crisis.
CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – City, county and tribal governments' strategy of hiring private plaintiff's attorneys in opioid and other litigation is causing a "misalignment of the values" between those entities and the traditional primacy of state attorneys general, a government litigation expert said.
CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - Pharmacy companies facing thousands of lawsuits over allegedly improper opioid prescriptions failed to convince the federal judge to prohibit out-of-court discussions with plaintiff lawyers that some defendants believe have affected them unfairly.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - The lawyers representing Purdue Pharma in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings have submitted their first two bills to the court and they show how expensive this multibillion-dollar restructuring will be: Nearly $8 million for seven weeks of work, with one partner billing almost a half-million dollars for the month of October alone.
CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - More than 500 cities and counties opted out of the unprecedented “negotiation class” proposed by plaintiff lawyers to settle sprawling opioid litigation, leaving 98% of the 34,458 U.S. cities and counties technically still in the class.
NORMAN, Okla. (Legal Newsline) – Oklahoma’s landmark verdict in its opioid case against Johnson & Johnson does not mean the company must pump billions of dollars into the state over the next 30 years, a judge ruled Friday.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - Fighting has erupted among creditors in the multibillion-dollar Purdue Pharma bankruptcy, as attorneys representing individual claimants and other creditors object to paying millions of dollars in fees to private lawyers representing governmental claimants - including thousands of municipalities with federal lawsuits against the opioid industry.
A proposed “negotiation class” to settle all opioid litigation by U.S. cities and counties could be in deep trouble, as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit considers an appeal of the order creating the controversial class and lawyers in two states with big claims urge their clients to opt out before a Nov. 22 deadline.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - The judge overseeing Purdue Pharma’s bankruptcy granted the OxyContin maker and its controlling Sackler family a six-month stay of opioid litigation as they try to negotiate a $10 billion-plus settlement of all outstanding claims.
TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – On Oct. 10, a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Actavis Pharma Inc. was dismissed by the Superior Court of New Jersey’s Law Division in Camden County as the plaintiff failed to prove the opioid crisis was the reason his insurance premium increased.
CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) – Monday’s $260 million settlement between two Ohio counties and several of the nation’s largest drug companies over allegations of complicity in the ongoing opioid crisis just might have provided a road map for reaching a larger settlement of similar claims across the country.
CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - It was a stroke of good luck for Cuyahoga and Summit counties in Ohio that U.S. District Judge Dan Polster selected them for the first bellwether trial out of thousands of other cities and counties that are blaming the opioid industry for the nation's addiction crisis.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) - Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has warned his fellow AGs that a reported $50 billion settlement of opioid claims will fall apart unless the states demand tight controls on fees to private lawyers and make sure the rest of the money is directed toward programs designed to address the opioid crisis, instead of state general funds.