Articles by Nate Raymond

Massachusetts Sues Opioid Maker Purdue Pharma, Executives

Massachusetts on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma LP, accusing the OxyContin maker of illegally promoting the use of opioids, and became the first state to sue the drugmaker’s executives and directors to hold them responsible as well. The …

Minnesota Sues Opioid Maker Insys Over Improper Drug Marketing

Minnesota on May 30 became the latest state to sue Insys Therapeutics Inc., accusing the drugmaker of illegally marketing a powerful fentanyl-based pain medicine, while a former employee pleaded guilty in New Jersey over bribing doctors to prescribe the drug. …

Massachusetts Top Court Rules Against Exxon in Climate Change Probe

Massachusetts’ top court on Friday rejected Exxon Mobil Corp’s bid to block the state’s attorney general from obtaining records to investigate whether the company for decades concealed its knowledge of the role fossil fuels play in climate change. The Massachusetts …

Judge Sets Schedule for Opioid Lawsuits Against Drug Companies

A federal judge pushing for a settlement in lawsuits seeking to hold drug companies responsible for their roles in the U.S. opioid epidemic on Wednesday set an aggressive schedule that would have the first trial take place in March 2019. …

J&J Loses Trial in New Jersey Over Claims Linking Cancer to Asbestos in Talc

Johnson & Johnson suffered its first trial loss in a lawsuit claiming its talc-based products including Johnson’s Baby Powder contain cancer-causing asbestos, with a New Jersey jury on Thursday ordering J&J and another company to pay $37 million in damages. …

Massachusetts Can Sue Equifax Over Data Breach, Judge Rules

Massachusetts can move forward with a lawsuit accusing credit reporting firm Equifax Inc. of failing to safeguard its databases or provide prompt notice of a breach that exposed the personal data of 147 million people, a state court judge has …

U.S. AG Sessions Seeks Role in Talks to Settle State, Local Opioid Lawsuits

The U.S. Justice Department on Monday sought court permission to participate in settlement negotiations aimed at resolving lawsuits by state and local governments against opioid manufacturers and distributors. The Justice Department said in a brief it wanted to participate in …

Arkansas AG Files Suit Against Opioid Manufacturers for Roles in Epidemic

Arkansas’ attorney general has joined the widening mass of litigation against opioid manufacturers, accusing three drugmakers of promoting addictive painkillers in ways that falsely denied or trivialized their risks. Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge filed a lawsuit in state court …

Judge Says in California, Starbucks Coffee Must Have Cancer Warning

Starbucks Corp. and other coffee sellers must put a cancer warning on coffee sold in California, a Los Angeles judge has ruled, possibly exposing the companies to millions of dollars in fines. A little-known not-for-profit group sued some 90 coffee …

Massachusetts Court: Merck Can Be Sued Over Generic Drug Injury

Massachusetts’ top court on Friday opened the door for consumers to sue Merck & Co Inc and other makers of brand-name drugs over injuries blamed not on their own medications but on generic versions of their treatments made by other …