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Data & Practice Hacks

A data hack affecting millions of T-Mobile customers recently came to light when on August 15, 2021 a hacker posted on a dark web forum that it was offering the social security numbers and drivers license numbers of about 30 million people from T-Mobile internal databases for about $270,000.  T-Mobile finally acknowledged that the company […]

Gender Stereotypes in Mass Torts

by Leah Rush Easterby, Contributing Editor For years, women have raised concerns over outdated and discriminatory practices in mass tort cases. The trickle-down effect from patriarchal stereotypes at the highest levels of government, workplaces, and courthouses means that time and time again, women have not received the most effective representation in mass tort cases, nor […]

Why Were Insys Therapeutics, Inc. and CEO John Kapoor Indicted and Not The Sacklers and Purdue Pharma? A Retrospective Look Back to the 2018 Insys Criminal Indictments

Why Were Insys Therapeutics, Inc. and CEO John Kapoor Indicted and Not The Sacklers and Purdue Pharma? A Retrospective Look Back to the 2018 Insys Criminal Indictments  The Opioid Crisis Behind The Scenes by Mark A. York (June 8, 2018 original date) (revised with additional comments August 25, 2021) Subsys – an Insys Therapeutics, Inc. Pharmaceutical […]

BAYER ROUNDUP WRIT TO SCOTUS ON HARDEMAN TRIAL VERDICT: LAST DITCH ATTEMPT TO AVOID POST-MDL 2741 FALLOUT & BOARDROOM RECKONING

By Mark A. York, Editor August 18, 2021 (MASS TORT NEWS) Bayer filed a Writ of Certiorari with the US Supreme Court on Aug. 16, regarding the $25 million federal court verdict in the Edwin Hardeman trial, who was able to show exposure to glyphosate from spraying Roundup on his property caused his non-Hodgkins lymphoma. […]

Endo International and Arnold Porter Opioid Discovery Abuses

    by Mark York, Editor Endo International’s opioid defense counsel Arnold & Porter,  is facing  civil contempt charges in the New York state court opioid trial currently underway In Re Opioids Litigation, Suffolk County Supreme Court Justice Jerry Garguilo. Reflecting the gravity of the issue, Arnold & Porter has hired lawyers from three powerhouse commercial firms including Steptoe […]

Navigating Preemption

By Leah Rush Easterby, Contributing Editor Featuring comments by Marcus J. Susen, Esq. Constitutional doctrine makes clear that federal law is supreme when state laws “interfere with, or are contrary to” federal law. Federal law can preempt state law either expressly or impliedly. Corporate defendants routinely seek dismissal with three preemption theories. Express preemption, based […]

Deliberate Oversight

How bad drugs and devices get to consumers. by Leah Rush Easterby, Contributing Editor June 22, 2021 Biogen Inc.’s stock price soared this month when FDA approved its new Alzheimer’s drug, Aduhelm (aducanumab), through accelerated approval. While most Alzheimer’s treatments address only dementia symptoms, Aduhelm is the first one marketed to treat the disease process […]

Modern Day Sex Trafficking

by Leah Rush Easterby, Contributing Editor and Greg G. Gutzler & Diandra “Fu” Debrosse Zimmermann, Contributing Authors Civil Liability for Human Trafficking An estimated 21 million survivors of human trafficking live in the United States. Human trafficking is one of the fastest-growing criminal enterprises, and civil cases against traffickers are increasing as well.  Human trafficking disproportionately […]

JUUL LITIGATION UPDATE “MAKING BIG TOBACCO PAY”

In re: Juul Labs, Inc. Marketing, Sales Practices & Products Liability Litigation 3:19-md-2913-WHO By Mark A. York (May 19, 2021) Link: https://www.cand.uscourts.gov/judges/orrick-william-h-who/in-re-juul-labs-inc-marketing-sales-practices-products-liability-litigation/ Why JUUL MDL 2913 IS NEEDED It’s business as usual in Big Tobacco and e-cigarettes as they follow the Monsanto-Bayer Roundup “Glyphosate is harmless” and Johnson & Johnson “Talc is safe” models of […]