When it hired outside lawyers to represent it in lawsuits against the opioid industry, Harris County agreed to pay a contingency fee of 35%, more than double the rate in Dallas County and equal to the highest in the state.
Several Pennsylvania counties are fighting to keep control of their opioid lawsuits as the national law firm Simmons Hanly Conroy, with the active support of the companies it is suing, seeks to create what a rival attorney calls a litigation "cesspool."
CHARLESTON – Five more lawsuits have been filed in federal court against drug wholesalers and pharmacies for the opioid epidemic ravaging West Virginia.
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.
Opioid judge orders companies to pay bulk of special master costs because they have 'greater discretionary funding'
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A medical provider is suing Physicians Services USA LLC, a billing services provider, citing alleged breach of a billing services agreement.
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.
WHEELING — A Wheeling man is suing a mortgage loan servicer and holder, alleging illegal debt collection.
CHARLESTON — A mother and son are suing two West Virginia state police troopers, alleging unlawful use of excessive force.
CLARKSBURG – A woman is suing Johnson & Johnson after she claims it was negligent and caused her mother’s wrongful death.
CHARLESTON – A Charleston attorney has written her second book—combining her love for animals with her love of the law.
CHARLESTON – The average number of companies targeted by some of the biggest asbestos firms in their lawsuits is in the triple-figures, according to recent statistics, forcing some, especially those in claims management, to question the strategy of plaintiffs’ lawyers.
MARTINSBURG — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced today the conviction of a Maryland man for trafficking heroin in the Eastern Panhandle.