public nuisance News

Washington Seeks Over $38 Billion From Opioid Distributors

SEATTLE (AP) — Having rejected a half-billion-dollar settlement offer, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is taking the state’s case against the nation’s three biggest drug distributors to trial Monday, saying they must be held accountable for their role in the …

Trial Against Pharmacy Chains’ Opioid Sales Set to Begin

CLEVELAND (AP) — Opening statements are scheduled for Monday afternoon in Cleveland in a federal court trial to determine whether retail pharmacy chains created a public nuisance in how they dispensed addictive painkillers in two Ohio counties where the opioid …

‘Attribution Science’ May Help Plaintiffs Push Climate Suits Ahead

Although a U.S. Supreme Court decision put an end to climate lawsuits alleging violations of the federal common law of public nuisance, a second round of state actions may get further, researchers said recently. There are two major categories of …

Amazon N.Y. Warehouse Workers’ Covid Suit Tossed by Judge

A federal judge dismissed New York warehouse workers’ lawsuit against Amazon, ruling that their allegations about the company’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic should have been brought to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration instead. The lawsuit filed in June …

COVID-19 Lawsuit Takes on McDonald’s Like it Was a Rowdy Bar

May 26 — As U.S. businesses reopen, worried workers and their advocates are borrowing a legal strategy commonly used to shut down rowdy topless bars to try and force employers to strengthen protection against further spread of the coronavirus. Workers …

Purdue Fails in Bid to Nix Public Nuisance Claim Over Opioids

The U.S. judge overseeing nationwide litigation concerning the opioid crisis on Monday rejected Purdue Pharma LP’s effort to dismiss claims that its activities caused a public nuisance. U.S. District Judge Dan Polster in Cleveland said a reasonable jury could conclude …

Sacklers to Remain Billionaire Family If Purdue Settles Opioid Lawsuits

The Sackler family — once known as global philanthropists backed by a fortune made from opioids and other drugs — may lose most of their wealth if they agree to an $11.5 billion settlement to resolve lawsuits against them and …

Sackler Family Backs $11.5 Billion Purdue Opioid Settlement

The Sackler family and their embattled drugmaker, Purdue Pharma LP, are backing a proposal to resolve all opioid lawsuits against themselves and the company for more than $11 billion in what would be the largest settlement to date in the …

San Diego Duo Takes on Electric Scooter Industry

SAN DIEGO — Two men in San Diego have impounded thousands of electric scooters they say have been left littered about the city and endangering pedestrians, sparking a battle with companies that have flooded cities with the two-wheelers. John Heinkel, …

Okla. at Trial’s End Says Opioid ‘Kingpen” J&J Fueled Epidemic

NORMAN, Okla. — Lawyers for the state of Oklahoma on Monday compared Johnson & Johnson to a drug cartel leader as they sought to hold the drugmaker responsible for fueling the U.S. opioid epidemic in the first trial to result …