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Opioid judge orders companies to pay bulk of special master costs because they have 'greater discretionary funding'

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CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - The judge overseeing hundreds of lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors has ordered defendant companies to pay three-quarters of the costs of special masters who are overseeing settlement negotiations.

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

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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.

Damages sought from allegedly intoxicated driver involved in fatal wrong-way crash on I-77

BECKLEY – The administrator of the estates of two Ohio residents and another Ohio man are seeking damages from an allegedly intoxicated driver involved in a fatal wrong-way collision on Interstate 77 in Raleigh County.

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

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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.

Federal opioid judge makes plaintiffs lawyers play musical chairs

CLEVELAND – Plaintiff lawyers in national opioid litigation chose their executive committee so poorly that a federal judge made them choose again. A protest against the original committee had rung out from West Virginia. As a result, four lawyers lost seats, and five replaced them.

Physicians Services USA accused of breaching a billing services agreement

A medical provider is suing Physicians Services USA LLC, a billing services provider, citing alleged breach of a billing services agreement.

Man says Jacobs PSG fired him for cancer diagnosis

CHARLESTON – A man is suing Jacobs PSG Inc. after he claims his employment was terminated several hours after informing his supervisor that he had cancer.

Retired worker accuses mortgage servicer of misrepresentation

WHEELING — A Wheeling man is suing a mortgage loan servicer and holder, alleging illegal debt collection.

Mother, son accuse state troopers of use of excessive force

CHARLESTON — A mother and son are suing two West Virginia state police troopers, alleging unlawful use of excessive force.

Woman blames Johnson & Johnson's talcum powder for mother’s death

CLARKSBURG – A woman is suing Johnson & Johnson after she claims it was negligent and caused her mother’s wrongful death.

Charleston attorney writes book about animal law

CHARLESTON – A Charleston attorney has written her second book—combining her love for animals with her love of the law.

AG, federal partnership nets another heroin conviction

MARTINSBURG — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced today the conviction of a Maryland man for trafficking heroin in the Eastern Panhandle.

State Electric Supply named in alleged sexual harassment case

CHARLESTON — A man is suing a local electrical supply company after he allegedly was sexually harassed while working for the business.