CHARLESTON – West Virginia’s liability law has passed its first test by allowing defendants in opioid epidemic suits to spread blame. The new law gives defendants 180 days to identify possibly responsible parties that plaintiffs didn’t sue. Those other parties will pay nothing on a jury verdict, but their share of liability will reduce the damages defendants must pay.
CHARLESTON – A suit in which a man blames Wal-Mart, PepsiCo and Frito-Lay for injuries after an incident involving an in-store display of chips and salsa is headed to federal court. On Feb. 2, 2013, Arthur Buckalew was a patron lawfully walking along the premises near inside fixture displays of various merchandise, including Tostito’s corn chips and salsa, according to a complaint filed Jan. 27 in Kanawha Circuit Court. Wal-Mart filed to have it removed to federal court on Feb. 29.
CHARLESTON — The nation’s largest prescription drug distributor has asked to have a lawsuit filed against it by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey removed to federal court. Morrisey’s office filed the complaint Jan. 8 in Boone Circuit Court against McKesson, the nation's largest prescription drug distributor for allegedly failing to identify, detect, report and help stop the flood of suspicious drug orders into the state. McKesson filed its notice of removal to federal court on Feb.
CHARLESTON – After West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office filed a lawsuit against it, McKesson Corp. has terminated its contract with Tug Valley Pharmacy in Mingo County without any advanced notice. McKesson is the nation’s largest drug distributor and it informed the pharmacy on Jan. 8 that it was terminating its contract. That was the same day Morrisey's announced it was suing McKesson for its alleged failure to detect, report and help stop all of the controlled substances co