Articles by Nate Raymond and Jonathan Stempel

Court Upholds Harvard’s Use of Race in Admissions; Opponents Eye Supreme Court

A U.S. appeals court on Thursday upheld Harvard University’s use of race in undergraduate admissions, rejecting a challenge by affirmative action opponents who said the Ivy League school’s policy discriminates against Asian-Americans. Opponents of the decision, by the 1st U.S. …

J&J to Pay $5 Billion in Potential Opioid Settlement With States

Johnson & Johnson said on Tuesday it will contribute up to $1 billion more to a potential settlement of lawsuits alleging it and other companies fueled the U.S. opioid epidemic, bringing its total payment to $5 billion. The New Brunswick, …

Court Nixes Opioid Proposal That Would Have Included Cities That Have Not Sued

A federal appeals court on Thursday overturned a judge’s approval of a novel plan by lawyers representing cities and counties suing drug companies over the U.S. opioid crisis that would bring every community nationally into their settlement talks. The 6th …

Appeals Court Weighs Harvard University Use of Race as Factor in Admissions

A federal appeals court on Wednesday will consider whether Harvard University discriminates against Asian-American applicants in a closely-watched case that could impact whether U.S. colleges can use race as a factor in admissions. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals …

U.S. Court Upholds State Tax on Drugmakers to Defray Opioid Crisis Costs

A federal appeals court on Monday cleared the way for New York state to collect about $200 million from drug manufacturers and distributors by imposing a surcharge on them to defray the costs of combating the opioid addiction epidemic. The …

Judge Nixes 7% Plaintiffs Attorneys’ Fee on Opioid Settlements

A federal judge overseeing thousands of opioid lawsuits declined on Monday to grant a demand by plaintiffs attorneys for fees that could be worth billions of dollars, a request drug company defendants had said would jeopardize settlement talks. In February, …

Indivior to Pay $600M to Settle Claims of Deceptive Marketing of Opioid Treatment

Indivior Plc has agreed to pay $600 million and have a subsidiary plead guilty to a felony charge to resolve U.S. allegations that it engaged in an illegal scheme to boost prescriptions of its opioid addiction treatment Suboxone. The U.S. …

Listeria-Related Charges Against Ex-Blue Bell Creameries President Dismissed

A federal judge has dismissed charges against the former president of Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries, who U.S. prosecutors said concealed from customers what the company knew about contaminated ice cream linked to a 2015 listeria outbreak. U.S. District Judge Robert …

Utility to Pay $56 Million to Resolve Deadly Massachusetts Gas Blasts Probe

NiSource Inc. will pay $56 million to resolve a probe into Massachusetts gas explosions in 2018 linked to a utility it owns that killed one person and destroyed multiple buildings, the state’s attorney general said last Thursday. Massachusetts Attorney General …

Texas Creamery Blue Bell to Plead Guilty, Pay $19M over Listeria Outbreak

Texas-based ice cream manufacturer Blue Bell Creameries has agreed to pay $19.35 million and plead guilty to charges that it shipped contaminated products linked to a 2015 listeriosis outbreak, the U.S. Justice Department said on April 1. Prosecutors also filed …