BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – An ugly disagreement over a portion of $3.7 million in attorneys' fees and expenses from the $10 million settlement reached last spring in a class action against Bank of New York Mellon probably won't be decided this year.
CHARLESTON – A member of the House of Delegates says he is shocked by the state Department of Health and Human Resources’ decision to choose a Washington, D.C., law firm to handle a federal class action lawsuit regarding the state’s foster care system.
NORMAN, Okla. (Legal Newsline) – Oklahoma’s landmark verdict in its opioid case against Johnson & Johnson does not mean the company must pump billions of dollars into the state over the next 30 years, a judge ruled Friday.
New York’s surprising decision to drop half its case against ExxonMobil in the closing arguments of a closely watched trial over climate-fraud claims was unusual and probably indicates the state never had the evidence it needed, said an experienced litigator who has handled environmental lawsuits for government clients.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - Fighting has erupted among creditors in the multibillion-dollar Purdue Pharma bankruptcy, as attorneys representing individual claimants and other creditors object to paying millions of dollars in fees to private lawyers representing governmental claimants - including thousands of municipalities with federal lawsuits against the opioid industry.
WHEELING – A circuit judge has ordered that Ohio County’s circuit clerk accept a filing she previously refused. Ohio Circuit Chief Judge Ronald Wilson made the ruling Nov. 13 from the bench during a morning hearing. A week earlier, he had filed a Rule to Show Cause ordering Circuit Clerk Brenda Miller to appear for the hearing.
A proposed “negotiation class” to settle all opioid litigation by U.S. cities and counties could be in deep trouble, as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit considers an appeal of the order creating the controversial class and lawyers in two states with big claims urge their clients to opt out before a Nov. 22 deadline.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - The judge overseeing Purdue Pharma’s bankruptcy granted the OxyContin maker and its controlling Sackler family a six-month stay of opioid litigation as they try to negotiate a $10 billion-plus settlement of all outstanding claims.
WHEELING – Ohio County’s circuit clerk has been ordered to appear before a circuit judge next week to explain why she allegedly failed to perform her duties by refusing to accept a filing by a Wheeling law firm.