Category Archives: Opioid Litigation

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Trump and DOJ Pledge to Get Tough on Opioids

On Monday, President Trump delivered an opioid speech in New Hampshire in which he promised to get tough on opioid investigation and enforcement. This follows on the Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) prior assertion that it will strengthen its efforts against pharmaceutical industry members. On February 27, 2018, the DOJ announced the creation of a Prescription … Continue Reading

Judge Overseeing Opioid Lawsuits Takes Unorthodox Approach

Ohio Judge Dan A. Polster, who is handling the multi-district opioid litigation proceedings, is taking a very active hand in the management of the proceedings before him, the New York Times reports.  His methods are unorthodox: calling for minimal discovery, rapid settlement (if possible), and real-world solutions to “clean up this mess.”  Judge Polster’s distinctive … Continue Reading

FDA & FTC Issue Joint Warning Letters to Companies Marketing Products to Overcome Opioid Addiction and Withdrawal

The FDA & FTC today posted warning letters to 11 marketers and distributors of opioid cessation products, alleging that such products were unapproved new drugs that violated the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) and that made unsubstantiated, deceptive claims in violation of the FTC Act.  In addition to the 11 joint warning letters … Continue Reading

Litigation Is Not The Solution To The Opioid Epidemic

The causes of the opioid epidemic are myriad and unique, and undermine the legal claims faced by manufacturers. Opioids are not tobacco, and pharmaceutical companies — who produce and distribute medicine that for many provide vital relief from chronic, agonizing pain — are not cigarette companies. Read our Law360 article discussing how the opioid crisis … Continue Reading

Preparing for the Opioid Litigation Epidemic

One of the newer symptoms of this so-called “Opioid Epidemic,” is a rash of litigation targeting pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors. Currently, there are actions underway in Texas, West Virginia, Alabama, Ohio, Mississippi, South Carolina, Kentucky, Washington, Illinois, California, New York and more new suits are being filed. In each of these claims, specific acts and … Continue Reading
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