What if Big Pharma is not to blame for the opioid crisis? What if it wasn’t the big bad drug companies that created and exacerbated the problem, but the politicians and government officials pretending to be the good guys?
Today’s verdict by Judge Thad Balkman that Johnson & Johnson must pay the operating costs of Oklahoma state government as penance for the opioid crisis puts manufacturers of all lawful, but politically unpopular, products at risk.
Do we want justice or a quick jackpot for trial attorneys? The negotiation class leads to the latter. And, more important, it’s unconstitutional and unfair. The states and their attorneys general are the parties empowered to protect the rights and welfare of their citizens.
Elad Gross, a Missouri-based attorney who filed lawsuits against the governor's office and a nonprofit organization alleging they were withholding information that should be accessible to the public, says he will be running for attorney general.
Some 13,000 corrections officers involved in a class-action lawsuit that alleged they were required to do work before and after their shifts but weren't paid for the work are awaiting settlements after a jury in Coles County Circuit Court awarded $113 million in the case, and taxpayers are on the hook for even more as the jurors added 9 percent interest on the payout.