CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) – The judge overseeing nearly 2,000 opioid lawsuits must address concerns that the cases over which he is presiding are an improper power grab by plaintiffs lawyers who signed up cities and counties as clients.
EAST ST. LOUIS – St. Louis University counsel Timothy Richards countered lawyer Tom Keefe’s argument for St. Clair County jurisdiction in a medical malpractice suit by declaring, “Both parts of this incredible argument are wrong.”
During the boom of the addiction crisis in America, opioid distributors were told to figure out a system for identifying suspicious orders but what they came up with could never be given a stamp of approval from federal regulators – even if they asked.
BENTON – U.S. District Judge Staci Yandle rejected a class action over salad dressing on Sept. 11, finding a relationship between class counsel Sean Cronin and plaintiff Arron Korte raised a concern about conflicts of interest.
EAST ST. LOUIS – Belleville detectives Daniel Collins and Timothy Crimm and the city must answer Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert’s malicious prosecution suit, Senior U.S. District Judge Richard Mills ruled on Sept. 13.
In a move that appeared preordained after his comments at an August hearing, U.S. District Judge Dan Aaron Polster approved an unprecedented “negotiation class” of every city and county nationwide to try and reach a global settlement with opioid manufacturers and distributors.
CHICAGO — Current and former Madison County officials did not violate a veterans assistance superintendent's constitutional rights when he was banned from the county's administration building in 2015, a federal appeals court affirmed last month.
EAST ST. LOUIS — District judge Nancy J. Rosenstengel ruled that an almost $8.3 million award to the family of a boy injured at birth in 2014 at a federally supported clinic in Christopher is appropriate in part because of what the child will face as a result of his injuries.
Now, Rannazzisi is helping private lawyers pin the blame squarely on manufacturers and distributors of opioids, as well as pharmacies. A post-DEA alliance with trial lawyers has been worth six figures for Rannazzisi, who has been hailed as a whistleblower by those cheering attempts to prosecute the opioid industry for the nation’s addiction crisis.
CINCINNATI (Legal Newsline) - Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has asked a federal appeals court to halt or dismiss the first two bellwether trials in opioid multidistrict litigation, in a major escalation of the long-brewing fight between state AGs and cities/counties seeking their own share of opioid lawsuit proceeds.
BENTON – Former Madison County secretary Andrew Kane and the county agreed to settle his retaliation suit on Aug. 21, six days before trial would have started. They reached the agreement while Daly pondered rules for the trial.
BENTON – Andrew Kane, who alleges retaliation in the office of Madison County state’s attorney Tom Gibbons, wants jurors to know that a harassment complaint cost former supervisor Kevin Hendricks his job.
EAST ST. LOUIS – Economist Mark Dwyer violated confidentiality by helping economist Russell Lamb estimate damages in a class action, the National Milk Producers Association alleges in U.S. district court.