Posts Tagged 'opioids'

West Virginia Opioid Trial Shines Light Behind the Scenes…and It’s Uglier than Anyone Could Have Thought

amerisourcebergen execs under fire for calling addicted appalachain residents pillbilliesOne of the nation’s first opioid trials is being heard in West Virginia as the state seeks to hold three pharmaceutical corporations responsible for their role in decimating its families and towns by flooding them with powerful narcotics. Huntington and the surrounding county of Cabell have sued AmerisourceBergen Drug Co., Cardinal Health Inc., and McKesson Corp. and accused them of taking a bad situation and intentionally making ...

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All Eyes on California as $50 Billion Opioid Trial Sets Stage for What’s to Come

teva among opioid manufacturers being sued by california countiesFour California counties are demanding $50 billion from Johnson & Johnson, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Endo International Plc, and Allergan Plc for their roles in marketing and distributing powerful opioid narcotics throughout their communities. And, as thousands of other municipalities and localities wait to have their own days in court to hold pharmaceutical manufacturers responsible, both sides are paying very close attention to what happens in the California case.

“This ...

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Flurry of Activity in Late December Could Spell a Long 2021 for Opioid Industry

justice department sues walmart as tennessee enforces drug dealer law against opioid manufacturersA ruling by the Tennessee Supreme Court makes it possible to sue opioid manufacturers under the state’s Drug Dealer Liability Act. The ruling clears the way for a lawsuit to proceed that had been filed on behalf of children that were born addicted to opioids. “If the Baby Doe plaintiffs prove their allegations at trial, a jury could reasonably conclude that ...

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Documents: Sacklers Considered Early Opioid Exit Over Liability Lawsuit Concerns

documents indicate sackler family wanted out of opioid business because of liability[W]e’re living in America,” wrote David Sackler in a May 2007 family email. “This is the land of the free and the home of the blameless. We will be sued. Read the op-ed stuff in these local papers and ask yourself how long it will take these lawyers to figure out that we might settle with them if they can freeze our assets and threaten ...

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Judge Approves OxyContin-maker Bankruptcy Settlement Terms

Purdue Pharma bankruptcy terms win judge approval“The Stamford, Connecticut-based company wants to convert into a public benefit corporation that would no longer be owned by members of the Sackler family. The plan calls for the new company to continue making OxyContin, but with the profits going toward fighting the opioid crisis, which has been linked to 470,000 deaths in the U.S. since 2000.”

Whether a more cognitively dissonant combination of words has ever been assembled in the ...

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Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors Don’t Like Current MDL Judge; Ask for Replacement

drug companies seek removal of federal judge in opioid trialDefendants in the nation’s largest opioid litigation might be reconsidering their odds. If they were confident, they might not have asked for the removal of the federal judge tasked with overseeing thousands of consolidated lawsuits seeking to recover damages from drug makers and distributors for their role in perpetuating the nation’s ongoing opioid crisis.

That, however, is exactly what happened last month when household names like CVS and ...

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