Articles by Dietrich Knauth

Cancer Victims Urge Court to End J&J Bankruptcy Roadblock to Lawsuits

People suing Johnson & Johnson over the company’s talc products urged an appeals court on Monday to revive their claims, saying the profitable company should not be allowed to use a bankrupt subsidiary to block lawsuits alleging the products cause …

Sandy Hook Parents Seek to Stop InfoWars Bankruptcy Payments to Alex Jones

Parents of children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre urged a U.S. bankruptcy judge on Wednesday not to allow the parent company of far-right website InfoWars to send any money to its founder, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, or …

Teva Reaches Proposed $4.35 Billion Settlement of Opioid Lawsuits

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries on Tuesday announced a $4.35 billion proposed nationwide settlement that could resolve thousands of lawsuits over the drugmaker’s alleged role in the U.S. opioid epidemic. The proposal calls for Teva to pay state and local governments up …

Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts Settle Trademark Dispute Over Co-Ed Scouting

The Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts have settled their dispute over the Boy Scouts’ right to use the word “scouting” to advertise co-ed programs, according to a filing in Delaware bankruptcy court on Friday. The settlement ends a …

Texas Attorney General Opens Investigation Into Walmart’s Opioid Sales

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said on Tuesday he was investigating whether Walmart WMT.N improperly filled prescriptions and failed to report suspicious orders when selling opioid drugs. Paxton said he had opened a civil investigation into Walmart’s potential violations of …

U.S. Supreme Court Again Nixes Bayer Challenge to Weedkiller Suits

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected another Bayer AG bid to dismiss litigation alleging that its Roundup weedkiller causes cancer as the German pharmaceutical and chemical giant tries to avoid potentially billions of dollars in damages. The justices turned …

Opioid Distributors Reach $518M Settlement with Washington

Washington has reached a $518 million settlement with drug distributors McKesson Corp MCK.N, AmerisourceBergen Corp ABC.N and Cardinal Health CAH.N, ending a months-long trial over the companies’ alleged role in fueling the opioid epidemic in the state, McKesson announced on …

Judges Skeptical as Purdue Seeks Revival of Sackler Liability Shield in Bankruptcy Deal

Judges on a U.S. appeals court appeared hesitant on Friday to revive a legal shield that would protect members of the Sackler family who own Purdue Pharma from lawsuits related to the prescription opioid OxyContin, a key to ending the …

Walgreens, Drugmakers Blame Others For San Francisco’s Opioid Crisis

Pharmacy chain Walgreens Boots Alliance WBA.O and other defendants on Tuesday said they were not to blame for the opioid crisis in San Francisco, and that they acted responsibly when providing legal medications to patients in pain. “Almost all of …

Rhode Island Reaches $107M Opioid Settlements With Teva and Allergan

Rhode Island’s attorney general on Monday announced settlements he valued at $107 million against the drugmakers Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and AbbVie’s Allergan unit to resolve claims over their roles in fueling an opioid epidemic in the state. Attorney General Peter …