Ohio Federal Judge Approves Opioid MDL ‘Negotiation Class’

Ohio Federal Judge Approves Opioid MDL 'Negotiation Class'

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…]

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

Macro of oxycodone opioid tablets

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

Opioids Lawsuits

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…]

Paulina do Amaral Co-Chairs HarrisMartin Opioid Litigation Conference in San Francisco

Paulina do Amaral Co-Chairs HarrisMartin Opioid Litigation Conference in San Francisco

Lieff Cabraser Partner Mark Chalos Also Presenting at SF Opioids Litigation Conference

On Friday, March 2nd, Lieff Cabraser partner Paulina do Amaral will co-chair HarrisMartin’s Opioid Litigation Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco. The all-day conference will cover a wide variety of topics and issues relating to the national opioid litigation, including an overview of state and federal cases, journalist perspectives, MDL case updates, insurance and bankruptcy issues, and liability issues. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Announces Filing of Lawsuit on Behalf of Rutherford County, Tennessee Against Prescription Opioid Manufacturers

Lieff Cabraser Files Opioid Harm Lawsuit

Lawsuit Seeks to Recover Taxpayer Monies Spent Combating the Opioid Epidemic Ravaging the Rutherford County Community; Rutherford Joins Other Tennessee Counties and Cities Seeking Justice in Rising Tide of Opiate Plague

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

National Opioid Epidemic is Creating Significant Costs for Government Bodies

San Francisco Opioid Lawsuit Filed

Well over 100 Americans die every day from prescription opioid drugs – over 36,000 American each year. These accidental drug overdoses are the leading cause of death for individuals under the age of 50 in the United States. The costs of this horrific opioid epidemic have crept up on local and larger government bodies much in the same way the addictions themselves sneak up on individuals. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser and Co-Counsel to Represent Broward County & the City of Fort Lauderdale in Opioid Litigation

Lieff Cabraser Opioid Lawsuits

Broward County and the city of Fort Lauderdale have announced that they will be represented by a team of five law firms, including Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, in litigation against pharmaceutical companies and drug distributors for their alleged roles in the devastating and ongoing opioid crisis. The other firms on the team are Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm, Kopelowitz Ostrow Ferguson Weiselberg Gilbert, Morgan & Morgan, and Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos Speaks on Claims Issues in Opiate Crisis Lawsuits at HarrisMartin Opioid MDL Conference

Mark Chalos Speaks on Claims Issues in Opiate Crisis Lawsuits at HarrisMartin Opioid MDL Conference

Lieff Cabraser partner Mark P. Chalos will participate in a panel discussion at the HarrisMartin’s Plaintiff Opioid MDL Conference next week at the Westin Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio. Mark will speak on Monday January 8th on “Third-Party Payor, Class, and Hospital Claims” as they relate to the ongoing national opioid crisis. In December 2017, Mark and the Lieff Cabraser attorney team filed actions in Tennessee federal courts on behalf of both the city of Nashville and the government of Smith County in Middle Tennessee. Prescription opioid drugs are estimated to kill upwards of 100 Americans per day — over 36,000 Americans per year. The cases seek to hold opioid manufacturers and distributors liable for their part in creating and fostering the crisis. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Files Lawsuit to Recover Taxpayer Monies from Prescription Opioid Manufacturers on Behalf of Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee

Lieff Cabraser Files Opioid Harm Lawsuit

Lawsuit seeks justice and restitution for Nashville’s ongoing battle against opioid crisis that has killed over 200 residents in 2017 alone

Nashville, TN—Mark P. Chalos of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP announces that the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee (“Nashville”), has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioid drugs to recover taxpayer money and resources spent to combat the opioid epidemic wreaking havoc on the Nashville community. [Read more…]