May 15 was a busy day for the name partners at the Tyler, Texas-based Martin Walker law firm. Each billed 14.5 hours at $750 an hour, for a total of $21,750, to review lawsuits six Texas counties were preparing to file against opioid manufacturers and distributors that day.
CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - Plaintiff lawyers representing Ohio cities and counties say they’ll comply with a judge’s order to identify hundreds of people who became addicted to prescription opioids by a deadline tomorrow, peevishly accusing manufacturer defendants of doubting they’ll come through with the information.
CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - Plaintiffs in bellwether trials blaming the opioid industry for the nation's addiction crisis have allowed a Monday deadline to pass, apparently without turning over any proof of specific prescriptions that were made in error.
The judge overseeing multidistrict litigation against the opioid industry has given plaintiffs a stark choice on a tight deadline: Hand over evidence of specific prescriptions they believe were improper or lose the right to present such evidence forever.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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).
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.
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.