Posts Tagged 'opioid abuse'

Judge in Opioid MDL Aims for Action

opioid mdl judge Daniel polster wants to take action“About 150 Americans are going to die today, just today, while we’re meeting. And in my humble opinion, everyone shares some of the responsibility, and no one has done enough to abate it.”

These are the words that U.S. District Judge Dan Polster of Cleveland, Ohio used to greet the lawyers representing the two sides of the opioid epidemic earlier this year. “People aren’t interested ...

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Philadelphia Joins Growing List of Governments Suing Over Opioid Crisis

philadelphia sues opioid makers over crisisPhiladelphia may be the sixth largest city in the nation, but it has the highest opioid overdose rate of all large cities in the United States. And, earlier this month, it took action against several companies for their roles in fueling what it believes has become a “public health nightmare.”

In a 160-page lawsuit filed in the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, the City accuses a number of opioid ...

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Internal Records Detail McKesson Failure to Monitor Opioid Shipments

internal records from mckesson show no effort to meet audit requirementsEvery 19 minutes, someone in the United States dies from an opioid overdose. The epidemic of abuse of powerful prescription painkillers in this country has reached unthinkable proportions. And, one company that is pumping millions of pills into small towns and big cities alike is taking absolutely no responsibility for their role.

Records of corporate board meetings are among the most tightly held secrets a company has. ...

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Judge with No MDL Experience Deemed Unqualified to Preside over Opioid MDL

A former judge and now private practice attorney was openly laughed at during an MDL panel in Illinois when she suggested they should give a nation’s worth of opioid cases to a judge who had never presided over a national litigation.

Ann Callis, formerly a chief judge in Madison County, Illinois and now practicing law privately as an attorney addressed the panel in late November and requested that every opioid-related lawsuit be transferred under U.S. District Judge Staci Yandle. The exchange ...

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Opiates vs. Opioids: The Differences and Why They Matter

opiates versus opioidsOver the last 20 years, the opioid crisis in the United States has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people and devastated the families of countless others. The drugs are highly addictive, and are frequently over-prescribed by physicians for everything from hernias to the pain women face after C-sections.

Some of the finer details involved in the epidemic are getting lost due to the drugs’ phonetic and alphabetic similarity to a ...

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Consolidation Sought in State and Local Opioid Cases

consolidation sought in state and local opioid casesWe’ve made mention of terms like consolidation and MDL here on the blog a few times. They’re important terms to know, as they can have drastic impacts on the outcomes of very important pieces of litigation. Today’s post is no different. In fact, the use of consolidation in today’s post may set the stage for a large portion of the remainder of the nation’s response to the opioid epidemic.

As a ...

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