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Opioid Epidemic Lawsuits Take Strategy from Epic Big Tobacco Litigation

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Trial lawyers are demanding that manufacturers and companies along the prescription drug supply chain pay sweeping economic penalties for damages caused by opioid drugs.

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Bionpharma Fails to Get Rival’s GC Disqualified in Supply Spat

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Bloomberg Law reports that Generic drug distributor P&L Development LLC’s general counsel and an outside firm may continue to represent P&L in its breach-of-contract and fraud suit against Bionpharma Inc., a federal court in North Carolina ruled.

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Biglaw Associate With ALS is in Race Against Time to Find a Cure

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After his diagnosis, Brian Wallach returned to Skadden Arps, the firm where he started his career, and he was welcomed back by the firm with open arms.

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Opioid Overdoses Overtake Car Accidents on List of Preventable Deaths

Opioid Overdoses Overtake Car Accidents on List of Preventable Deaths

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The National Safety Council’s recently released report on preventable injury and fatality statistics, reveals that accidental opioid overdoses have overtaken car accidents as a leading cause of deaths among Americans.

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Bradley Adds Veteran Healthcare Lawyers to Dallas Office

Bradley Adds Veteran Healthcare Lawyers to Dallas Office

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Healthcare lawyers Wendi Campbell Rogaliner and Scott Schardt have joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP’s newly opened Dallas office.

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Why Johnson & Johnson May Not Have to Pay Its $4.7 Billion Court Verdict

Why Johnson & Johnson May Not Have to Pay Its $4.7 Billion Court Verdict

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While a $4.7 billion jury verdict against Johnson & Johnson in July was eye-popping, J&J may pay far less, or nothing, reports Bloomberg. No verdict of that size has survived appeal.

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FisherBroyles Adds Health & Pharmacy Law Partner Janna King in Houston

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Janna King has joined FisherBroyles, LLP as a partner in the firm’s Houston office and Health & Pharmacy Law practice group.

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Jordan, Lynch & Cancienne Wins Take-Nothing Decisions in Texas, Louisiana

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Trial lawyers with Jordan, Lynch & Cancienne PLLC scored big defense wins recently for two separate clients, securing a quick summary judgment for The Dow Chemical Company in Texas and prevailing in a jury trial for Union Carbide Corporation in New Orleans.

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Judge Who Tossed Obamacare Has Had More Than His Share of Contentious, High-Profile Cases

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Judge Reed O’Connor has become a go-to judge for Republicans over certain heated national social issues such as health care and transgender rights, reports The Dallas Morning News.

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Contract Review Tips for Long-Term Care Facilities

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A long-term care facility can execute contracts with many different vendors including food product and service vendors, laundry and linen providers, IT companies, and others, points out a post from Poyner Spruill.

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Oklahoma Jury Hits Health Insurer Aetna with $25.5 Million Verdict

Oklahoma Jury Hits Health Insurer Aetna with $25.5 Million Verdict

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The Oklahoman reports that jurors wanted to send a message to health insurer Aetna after hearing how the company’s overworked doctors denied an Oklahoma cancer patient’s claim for coverage for proton beam therapy.

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Hospital System Fires General Counsel Amid Alleged Compliance Violations

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The Broward Health board fired its general counsel Lynn Barrett as the taxpayer-supported health system continues to struggle after a series of state and federal investigations related to alleged overspending, kickbacks and open-government law violations, reports Modern Healthcare.

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Lawsuit Claims El Paso Doctor, Lawyer Conspired to Violate State Law

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An El Paso neurosurgeon is the subject of a lawsuit filed last week, accused of unlawfully conspiring with a local attorney to solicit legal representation for a dying truck wreck victim, according to a release from Androvett Legal Media & Marketing.

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Feds Settle Huge Whistleblower Suit Over Medicare Advantage Fraud

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MedCity News reports that one of the nation’s largest dialysis providers will pay $270 million to settle a whistleblower’s allegation that it helped Medicare Advantage insurance plans cheat the government for several years.

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‘Evasive Discovery Tactics’ Cost Lead Plaintiff Against Sanofi

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Bloomberg Law reports that a plaintiff in a bellwether products liability case involving the chemotherapy drug Taxotere was sanctioned for withholding information about her medical history.

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Health Care Fraud: How a Strike Force is Selected for a City

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According to the Department of Justice, a Medicare Fraud Strike Force consists of a partnership between the DOJ and Department of Health and Human Services to prevent fraud and enforce anti-fraud laws.

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Health Care Attorney Paul Leslie Joins Estes Thorne & Carr

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Paul Leslie has rejoined Dallas-based Estes Thorne & Carr PLLC as a partner focused on health care regulatory compliance and litigation.

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Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants Receive Class Action Status in VA Overtime Suit

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A federal judge has certified a class action lawsuit involving nurse practitioners and physician assistants accusing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs of failing to pay overtime since 2006.

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Jury Awards $25.75 Million in Talc-Mesothelioma Case Against Johnson & Johnson

Jury Awards $25.75 Million in Talc-Mesothelioma Case Against Johnson & Johnson

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The verdict by jurors in Los Angeles Superior Court before Judge Gloria White-Brown includes $21.75 million in compensatory damages and $4 million in punitive damages.

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Trump’s Medical Records: Any Privacy Law Violated?

Trump’s Medical Records: Any Privacy Law Violated?

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A thornier lapse may have been committed by the doctor when he revealed to the New York Times that Trump was taking a drug that promotes hair growth.

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