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Mapping The Top Trials To Know In The Opioid Litigation Wave

By Jeff Overley

Opioid crisis lawsuits against major companies in the pharmaceutical supply chain are heating up in large numbers, producing a byzantine brew of battles in courts all across America. Here, Law360 provides a map that will continue to track completed, ongoing and upcoming trials.

Forum Battles Lie Ahead For Opioid Coverage Disputes

By Shane Dilworth

The growing body of case law over insurers' duty to defend lawsuits brought by state and local governments over the opioid epidemic will lead to more strategic decisions about the most advantageous venue for filing coverage disputes, experts say.

Teva And Cephalon's Marketing Ignored Plea Deal, Judge Told

By Bonnie Eslinger

Teva and Cephalon improperly peddled their painkiller Fentora even after Cephalon reached a 2008 plea agreement to resolve criminal claims it marketed a different opioid for unapproved uses, San Francisco's lawyer told the federal judge overseeing a bench trial on claims the companies and others illegally fueled the city's opioid epidemic.

Arnold & Porter Stuck In Sanctions Scuffle Despite Endo's Exit

By Jeff Overley

Arnold & Porter must face a multimillion-dollar sanctions bid for allegedly obstructing New York opioid litigation even though its former client Endo Pharmaceuticals exited the case with a $50 million settlement, an Empire State judge ruled Wednesday.

SF Opioid Judge Is Told Cos. Put Profits First In Marketing

By Bonnie Eslinger

Allergan, Teva, Walgreens and Anda broke "defined rules of the road" in how they marketed opioids to boost sales, putting profits over patient safety, a pharmaceutical marketing expert testified Wednesday in a bellwether trial over claims that the four companies illegally fueled San Francisco's opioid epidemic.

Teva, Allergan Strike $161M Deal With W.Va. AG In Opioid Case

By Cara Salvatore

West Virginia's attorney general has reached a settlement worth $161.5 million to resolve opioid-crisis claims against drugmakers Teva and Allergan, he announced Wednesday morning before closing arguments in a weekslong trial.


Expert Analysis

J.B. Heaton
Big Cos. Shouldn't Cry 'Settlement Pressure' To Justify Appeal

By J.B. Heaton

The Sixth Circuit was correct to find that intense pressure to settle doesn't earn opioid case defendants Walgreens and Walmart an interlocutory appeal or new trial on liability, as that argument applies only when a defendant is risk averse, a notion not suited to large public corporations, says J.B. Heaton at One Hat Research.

Jeb White
Amid Historic Spending, Congress Should Strengthen FCA

By Jeb White

Notwithstanding the misleadingly rosy picture painted by the U.S. Department of Justice’s fiscal year 2021 False Claims Act recovery statistics, Congress should close legislative gaps that deter whistleblower actions, especially in light of increasingly high government spending and adjacent opportunities to misuse public funds, says Jeb White at Taxpayers Against Fraud.

Suzanne Jaffe Bloom
What Cos. Can Learn From The 2021 FCA Recovery Statistics

By Suzanne Jaffe Bloom, Benjamin Sokoly and Jack Cartwright

Attorneys at Winston unpack the recently released U.S. Department of Justice False Claims Act recovery statistics for fiscal year 2021, discuss how they compare to prior years and what companies in an expanding array of industries should expect next.

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May 25, 2022 09:59 PM

SF Opioid Judge Is Told Cos. Put Profits First In Marketing

May 25, 2022 09:38 AM

Teva, Allergan Strike $161M Deal With W.Va. AG In Opioid Case

May 24, 2022 11:25 PM

Ex-Anda Chief OK'd Unlimited Opioid Supplies, Judge Hears

May 23, 2022 10:55 PM

DEA Draws Judge's Ire In Calif. Opioid Trial

May 23, 2022 04:09 PM

11th Circ. Told To Stand Strong On Tossed Opioid Appeal

May 19, 2022 09:54 PM

SF Fire Dept. Treats 7 Opioid Overdoses Daily, Judge Told

May 18, 2022 10:21 PM

Many SF Walgreens Opioid Scripts Had Red Flags, Judge Told

May 17, 2022 11:42 PM

Teva Unit Marketed Opioid For Off-Label Uses, Judge Hears

May 17, 2022 10:55 PM

Ohio Counties Put On Show In Opioid Damages Trial

May 16, 2022 10:06 PM

Counties Bungled $875M Ask After Opioid Trial, Judge Told

May 16, 2022 10:31 PM

Doctors' Opioid Data Kept From Walgreens Stores, Judge Told

May 13, 2022 04:06 PM

Opioid Maker Asks 11th Circ. To Revive Coverage Appeal

May 12, 2022 10:42 PM

Walgreens' Priority Was Filling Drug Orders Fast, Judge Told

May 12, 2022 11:06 PM

'Measly' Opioid Fine Invites BigLaw Defiance, NY AG Warns

May 11, 2022 11:15 PM

Walgreens' Opioid Orders Like A 'Time Bomb,' Judge Told

May 11, 2022 10:06 PM

W.Va. Opioid Defense Expert Testifies Death Data Are Suspect

May 10, 2022 11:49 PM

'Catastrophic' SF Opioid Death Toll Like AIDS Era, Judge Told

May 11, 2022 12:02 AM

Opioid Jurors Detail Talks As Pharmacy Trial Gets Feisty Start

May 10, 2022 08:54 PM

Blanket Gag Orders, Secret Deals Could End With Calif. Bill

May 9, 2022 11:56 PM

Massive Opioid Campaign Duped Docs, Bellwether Judge Told
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