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Blame the criminals, pharmacies facing opioid lawsuits say

By John O'Brien | Jun 8, 2018

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) – Large pharmacy chains are asking why they are being sued by hundreds of cities and counties over the opioid crisis instead of the criminals who pushed drugs to addicts.

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States against climate change lawsuits ask for dismissal of NYC's

By John O'Brien | Jun 5, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – The top lawyers of 15 states are again asking a federal judge to reject the legal strategy used by public officials and the private attorneys with whom they’ve teamed to sue the energy industry over alleged effects of climate change.

Ky. woman blames opioid companies, medical providers for son's O.D. death

By Chris Dickerson | May 31, 2018

CHARLESTON – A Kentucky woman blames nine drug companies as well as a host of doctors, medical facilities and pharmacies for her son’s opioid overdose.

Conservation organization accuses U.S. Fish & Wildlife of violating FOIA

By Lhalie Castillo | Apr 23, 2018

ELKINS — A conservation organization is suing a federal agency, alleging violation of the Freedom of Information Act.

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As Boulder sues, 15 states - including Colorado - oppose global warming lawsuits

By John O'Brien | Apr 21, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – Two days after local officials in the Boulder, Colo., area filed a lawsuit that attempts to hold large energy companies liable for the alleged effects of global warming, the state’s top lawyer showed that she disagrees with their legal argument by voicing her opposition to similar lawsuits in California.

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Self-driving cars, thinking machines will test limits of tort law

By Daniel Fisher | Apr 20, 2018

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) - Self-driving cars, machines that teach themselves how to operate and home digital assistants that can enter into legally binding contracts are all either on the market now or soon will be. So the next question is: Whom do you sue when they run amok?

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Citing 'barriers' to settlement, judge orders opioid foes to prepare for trial

By Daniel Fisher | Mar 8, 2018

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - The judge overseeing hundreds of lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors ordered both sides to prepare for trials, citing unspecified “barriers” to a global settlement that became apparent after a conference Tuesday.

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Plaintiff lawyers see nationwide settlement as only end for opioid lawsuits

By Daniel Fisher | Mar 7, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - Plaintiff lawyers meeting in San Francisco last week for a conference on opioid litigation acknowledged that the hundreds of lawsuits they have filed in state and federal court will be difficult to resolve without an unprecedented national settlement whose mechanics are still difficult to predict.

Individual seeks refund of purchase price of Hyundai vehicle because of alleged defects

By Philip Gonzales | Feb 19, 2018

PINEVILLE – A consumer is seeking a refund of the price of a Hyundai vehicle over allegations it has defects that have not been repaired despite attempts to do so.

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Opioid judge doesn't want media to know details of settlement talks

By Daniel Fisher | Feb 9, 2018

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - The judge overseeing multidistrict litigation against opioid manufacturers and distributors has named the teams of lawyers who will try to negotiate a settlement of hundreds of federal lawsuits - a complex task given parallel investigations and litigation by state attorneys general and potentially conflicting goals of private attorneys and their government counterparts.

Consumer claims she does not owe amount to Midland Funding

By Lhalie Castillo | Jan 31, 2018

CLARKSBURG – A Morgantown consumer claims debt collectors misrepresented the character, amount or legal status of an alleged debt.

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Usual Suspects: Lawyers used to getting their way in MDL process to lead opioid litigation

By Daniel Fisher | Jan 24, 2018

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - There will be a lot of familiar faces in U.S. District Judge Dan Polster’s courtroom in Cleveland on Jan. 31, when lawyers gather for a hearing on multidistrict litigation against the nation’s opioid manufacturers and distributors.

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Can a government official block a constituent from a Facebook page?

By David Hutton | Jan 16, 2018

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) – As a panel of judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit prepares to consider the appeal in a case pitting a Loudoun County, Va., official and a frequent critic, the ACLU is stepping in.

UPDATE: W.Va. SOS has questions about probe of Davis' 2012 contributions

By Chris Dickerson | Dec 21, 2017

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Secretary of State’s office is questioning how the Kanawha County Prosecutor’s Office handled an investigation into some campaign contributions to Justice Robin Jean Davis’s 2012 re-election campaign.

Red Lobster accuses Huntington of breach of 33-year-old agreement

By From staff reports | Nov 16, 2017

HUNTINGTON – Red Lobster Hospitality is suing the city of Huntington, the Huntington Municipal Development Authority and Batra Hospitality Group for breaching an agreement made more than 30 years ago.

National panel to decide about consolidating federal opioid cases

By Record News | Nov 10, 2017

WASHINGTON – Judges on a national panel must decide whether to consolidate opioid suits of local governments and, if so, whether to ​​​​​send them to West Virginia, Illinois or Ohio.

Taco Bell customer seeks damages after fall allegedly caused by leaking soda machine

By Philip Gonzales | Nov 8, 2017

CHARLESTON – A Dunbar woman alleges she fell at a St. Albans restaurant because of water on the floor.

Baxter hopes First District is ready to take a chance on him

By Chris Dickerson | Sep 28, 2017

WHEELING – Th​​​​​e leaders of the global law firm of Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe took a chance on Ralph Baxter in the late 1980s, naming him CEO. Now, Baxter hopes the residents of West Virginia’s first congressional district are ready to take a chance on him as well.

W.Va. liability law passes first test in federal opioid cases

By The West Virginia Record | Sep 25, 2017

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.

Judge dismisses Live Nation lawsuit for plaintiff’s failure to participate

By Kyla Asbury | Sep 15, 2017

CHARLESTON – A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit after a motion to dismiss was filed for failure to participate in discovery and failure to prosecute.

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