Belviq (Lorcaserin) Appetite Suppressant – Patients Report Dangerous and Disturbing Drug Injuries

Belviq (Lorcaserin) Appetite Suppressant – Patients Report Dangerous and Disturbing Drug Injuries

Patients across the U.S. have been reporting hidden and dangerous side effects in the 2012-era Japanese appetite suppressant Belviq (Lorcaserin). As obesity remains a public health crisis in the U.S., many Americans struggle daily in an effort to lose weight. From 2012 onward, Belviq was introduced in the United States promising meaningful weight loss, and many people began taking the drug. However, had patients known the true and hidden danger of Belviq, they would likely have reconsidered their decisions and avoided Belviq. [Read more…]

Zantac Ordered Off Store Shelves Over Cancer Risks

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FDA mandates halt to distribution of ranitidine (Zantac) due to potentially carcinogenic contamination

After previously warning consumers and doctors last September that it had found measurable amounts of the carcinogen NDMA (N-notrisodimethylamine) in samples of the widely-used heartburn medication Zantac, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has now ordered manufacturers to immediately stop distributing all versions of the drug over new concerns that small amounts of the poison can increase in the drug when it is stored above room temperature. [Read more…]

Sarah London Appointed to Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in Gilead HIV Drug Kidney & Bone Injuries Litigation

Sarah London Appointed to Plaintiffs' Executive Committee in Gilead HIV Drug Kidney & Bone Injuries Litigation

On February 5, 2020, Judge Andrew Y.S. Cheng of the Superior Court for the County of San Francisco issued an order appointing Lieff Cabraser partner Sarah R. London  to the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in the Gilead HIV Drug Kidney & Bone Injuries Litigation. Sarah will lead the litigation on behalf of patients across California who allege they suffered kidney and bone injuries from HIV drugs made and distributed by pharmaceutical giant Gilead Sciences, Inc. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Files California Wrongful Death Case Against Alkermes Over Vivitrol Opioid Dependence Drug

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Lawsuit alleges defects and fraudulent misrepresentation of Vivitrol/Naltrexone Led to overdose death of 26-year-old Clayton Stafford after two years of Vivitrol use

February 4, 2020—(LOS ANGELES)—Lieff Cabraser has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against biopharmaceutical manufacturer Alkermes, Inc. on behalf of the family of California resident Clayton Stafford relating to Clayton’s mandated prescription use of Vivitrol that led to a tragic and preventable opioid overdose in February 2018. The lawsuit alleges that Clayton, his parents, his rehabilitation counselors, and healthcare providers were misled into believing that Vivitrol would be an appropriate solution for the treatment of his opioid addiction, and that if defendants properly marketed and warned about the limitations of Vivitrol, Clayton would not have used the drug that led to his death. [Read more…]

Ohio Judge Denies Pharmacies Attempt to Escape Public Nuisance In Opioid MDL

Ohio Federal Judge Indicating Support for “Negotiation Class” in Opioid MDL

As reported by Law360 (subscription), an Ohio federal judge has denied attempts by Rite Aid, Walmart and other pharmacies to dismiss claims alleging their opioid monitoring systems were not reliable and that their failure to stop opioids from being obtained illegally created a public nuisance. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Partner Mark Chalos Discusses Federal Opioid Litigation on Belmont University College of Law Panel

Lieff Cabraser Partner Mark Chalos Discusses Federal Opioid Litigation on Belmont University College of Law Panel

On November 12, 2019, Lieff Cabraser partner Mark Chalos participated on an attorney panel at the Belmont Inn of Court’s “Addressing the Opioid Crisis” conference presented at Belmont University College of Law. Mark spoke on the topic, “State of the Opioid Crisis – An Inside Look at Litigation & Regulatory Solutions.” [Read more…]

Ohio Federal Judge Approves Opioid MDL ‘Negotiation Class’

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As reported by Law360 (subscription), U.S. District Judge Dan Polster has approved the innovative and unprecedented approach of creating a negotiation class of government authorities empowered to negotiate a global settlement with drug manufacturers accused of fueling the destructive opioid addiction crisis that has swept the nation. The “negotiation class” concept was originally [Read more…]

Ohio Federal Judge Indicating Support for “Negotiation Class” in Opioid MDL

Ohio Federal Judge Indicating Support for “Negotiation Class” in Opioid MDL

As reported by Law360, U.S. District Judge Dan Polster appears to be signaling support for the inventive new settlement approach proposed earlier this summer by attorneys for local government plaintiffs in the federal opioids litigation on behalf of about 40 local government entities. According to the publication, in the nearly two-hour hearing held on August 6th, Judge Polster expressed virtually zero criticism of the negotiation class concept and dismissed several objections voiced by the defendants and state attorneys general. Though a ruling was not issued, the judge left onlookers with a solid impression that he was likely to endorse the novel approach. [Read more…]

Plaintiffs Seek Relocation for Gilead Sciences Inferior HIV Drugs Trial

Plaintiffs Seek Relocation for Gilead Sciences Inferior HIV Drugs Trial

In lawsuits against pharma giant Gilead Sciences, plaintiffs across California allege they suffered ill effects from HIV drugs made and distributed by Gilead that were more harmful derivatives than other drugs the company had created but not sold until its stock of the inferior drugs was exhausted. As reported by the Daily Journal (subscription), attorneys for some of those plaintiffs are asking the judge to switch the case to a venue and location that would be more reachable and meaningful than the current Santa Clara County location. In an earlier tentative ruling, California Superior Court Judge Kenneth R. Freeman proposed that the 19 consolidated personal injury lawsuits be tried in Santa Clara County. Alternative venue suggestions include Alameda, San Francisco and Los Angeles counties. [Read more…]

Ohio Federal Judge Open to Plaintiffs’ “Novel Ideal” for Faster Settlement of Nationwide Opioid MDL

Ohio Federal Judge Open to Plaintiffs’ “Novel Ideal” for Faster Settlement of Nationwide Opioid MDL

As reported by Law360, U.S. District Judge Dan Polster appeared receptive to an inventive new settlement proposal introduced on behalf of about 40 local government entities by plaintiffs’ attorneys at the June 25 hearing in Ohio federal court. Judge Polster oversees nearly 2,000 lawsuits in the opioid multidistrict litigation. Plaintiffs’ proposal would establish a “negotiation class” composed of all the individual cities and counties in the U.S. to seek a global settlement deal with opioid manufacturers, distributors, and pharmacies alleged to have been responsible for fueling the unprecedented opioid epidemic. [Read more…]

Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of San Francisco City and County Against Prescription Opioid Manufacturers

San Francisco Opioid Lawsuit Filed

The City Attorney of San Francisco, Dennis Herrera, in conjunction with Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel, has filed a federal class action lawsuit on behalf of the City and County of San Francisco against the major pharmaceutical companies and distributors responsible for the manufacturing, transmission, and sale of dangerous, highly addictive and often lethal prescription opioids such as Oxycontin and fentanyl in San Francisco. The lawsuit alleges these companies orchestrated a widespread fraud in which they made billions by deceptively marketing these drugs to the people of San Francisco while representing the drugs as safe and effective, creating thousands upon thousands of addicts. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser, Sonosky Chambers, and Zwerling Schachter File Class Action RICO Lawsuit on Behalf of Alaska Tribes Against Drug Manufacturers and Distributors for False and Deceptive Marketing and Improper Distribution of Dangerous Prescription Opioid Drugs

Lieff Cabraser Files Opioid Harm Lawsuit

Kenaitze Indian Tribe, Asa’Carsarmiut Tribe, Akiak Native Community, Native Village of Port Heiden, and Native Village of Afognak Unite to Seek Justice from opiate drug distributors and manufacturers for worst man-made epidemic in modern medical history and unnecessary Alaska Native and American Indian opioid deaths across Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska—(BUSINESS WIRE)—On behalf of Kenaitze Indian Tribe, Asa’Carsarmiut Tribe, Akiak Native Community, Native Village of Port Heiden, and the Native Village of Afognak, the law firms of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, Sonosky Chambers Sachse Miller & Monkman, LLP, and Zwerling, Schachter & Zwerling, LLP filed a RICO racketeering lawsuit on November 16, 2018 in federal court in Anchorage against Endo Pharmaceuticals, Purdue Pharma, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Teva, Allergan, Johnson & Johnson, Watson Pharmaceuticals, Actavis, Insys, Mallinckrodt, AmerisourceBergen, Health Mart Systems, Walgreen Co., Albertson’s, CVS, the Kroger Co. and related entities who bear responsibility for the unprecedented destructive opioid epidemic raging across the U.S. and in the affected Alaska Native communities. [Read more…]

Sonosky Chambers, Lieff Cabraser, and Zwerling Schachter File RICO Lawsuit on Behalf of Alaska Native Tribal Health Care Providers Against Drug Manufacturers and Distributors for False and Deceptive Marketing of Dangerous Prescription Opioid Drugs

Opioids Lawsuit Filed

Federal RICO action that is largest tribal complaint in history seeks justice from opiate drug manufacturers and distributors for unprecedented community and medical costs and American Indian and Alaska Native opioid deaths in Alaska

On behalf of the Tanana Chiefs Conference, Chugachmiut, the Copper River Native Association, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation, and Southcentral Foundation, today the law firms of Sonosky Chambers Sachse Miller & Monkman, LLP, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, and Zwerling, Schachter & Zwerling, LLP filed a RICO racketeering lawsuit in federal district court in Anchorage against Purdue Pharma, Endo Pharmaceuticals, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson, Teva, Allergan, Watson Pharmaceuticals, Actavis, Insys, Mallinckrodt, McKesson, Health Mart Systems, AmerisourceBergen, Walgreen Co., the Kroger Co., Albertson’s, CVS and related entities responsible for the explosive opioid epidemic across the United States and in the impacted Alaska Native communities. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Announces Filing of Lawsuit by Cannon County, Tennessee Against Prescription Opioid Manufacturers

Opioids Lawsuit Filed

Lawsuit Seeks Recovery of Taxpayer Monies Spent Combating the Opioid Epidemic Wreaking Havoc on the Cannon County Community; Cannon Joins Other Tennessee Cities and Counties Fighting For Justice After Opiate Drug Devastation

SAN FRANCISCO—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Mark Chalos, of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announces that Cannon County, Tennessee has filed a lawsuit against prescription opioid manufacturers and distributors to recover taxpayer money spent to combat the opioid epidemic that is devastating the Cannon County community. This case arises out of the worst man-made epidemic in modern medical history—the misuse, abuse, and over-prescription of opioid prescription drugs. [Read more…]

Swinomish Tribe Files RICO Opioids Lawsuit in Federal Court Against Pharmaceutical Giants

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Action seeks justice against opiate drug manufacturers and distributors for Swinomish Tribe opioid deaths in Washington State

On behalf of northwestern Washington’s Swinomish Tribe, Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel have filed a RICO racketeering lawsuit in federal court in Seattle against a wide range of pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors alleged to be responsible for the explosive opioid epidemic across the United States and on the Swinomish Reservation. The tribe’s complaint alleges these companies convinced patients, hospitals, and physicians that opioids were safe for long-term use, despite significant evidence indicating the drugs are relatively ineffective in treating chronic pain, as well as being highly addictive. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos Talks to NPR About Nashville’s Lawsuit Against the Opioid Industry

Mark Chalos Talks to NPR About Nashville’s Lawsuit Against the Opioid Industry

On April 30, 2018, Lieff Cabraser partner Mark P. Chalos spoke to National Public Radio (NPR) about the lawsuit filed by the City of Nashville, TN against the pharmaceutical industry in the wake of the opioid drug epidemic plaguing the Nashville area as well as the rest of Tennessee and the wider United States. [Read more…]

Abilify Gambling Injury Lawsuits Will Move Forward to Preliminary Trials

Abilify Gambling Addiction Injuries

Plaintiffs have successfully defeated Otsuka Pharmaceutical and Bristol-Meyers Squibb’s motion to dismiss multidistrict litigation relating to alleged compulsive behavior side effects of the widely prescribed drug Abilify. As reported by Law360, U.S. District Judge M. Casey Rodgers issued a decision on March 16th finding that “consumers have shown their … evidence is sound and reliable and that there is a genuine dispute of material fact over whether Abilify can cause compulsive behavior.” [Read more…]

Yurok Tribe Files Federal RICO Case Against Titans of Pharmaceutical Industry

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Court case aims to stem opioid epidemic on rural reservation, the United States

The Yurok Tribe filed in federal court a RICO case against the pharmaceutical giants that are alleged to be responsible for the surging opioid epidemic in the United States and on the Yurok Reservation. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos Talks Opioid Epidemic Lawsuit to NewsChannel 5 Nashville

Lieff Cabraser Opioid Lawsuits

On March 5, 2018, Lieff Cabraser partner Mark P. Chalos spoke to NewsChannel 5+ Open Line about Nashville’s lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors filed in the wake of the opioids catastrophe plaguing the Nashville area as well as the wider U.S. The lawsuit seeks accountability from manufacturers and distributors for economic harms caused by the opioid crisis local to Nashville, Tennessee. The ongoing litigation aims to recover public funds spent combating the opiates crisis. This horrific and ongoing prescription drug epidemic killed over 200 Nashville residents in 2017 alone. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser and Taylor & Knight Announce Lawsuit by Scott County, Tennessee Against Prescription Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors

Lawsuits Against Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors

Lawsuit Seeks the Recovery of Taxpayer Monies Spent Combating the Opioid Epidemic that Continues to Wreak Havoc on the Scott County Community; Scott Joins Other Tennessee Cities and Counties Fighting to Get Justice in Wake of Opiate Devastation

Mark Chalos, Managing Partner of the Nashville office of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, and Jonathan Taylor of Taylor & Knight, GP, announce that Scott County, Tennessee, has filed a lawsuit against prescription opioid manufacturers and distributors to recover taxpayer money spent combatting the opioid epidemic wreaking havoc on the Scott County community. The complaint, which was filed in Tennessee federal court, alleges that the named opioid drug manufacturers and distributors and their agents deliberately and repeatedly violated state and federal laws by widely and falsely promoting highly addictive opioids as safe and necessary, all the while concealing the true risks of the drugs. [Read more…]