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Jul 26, 2023

Court OKs OxyContin maker’s bankruptcy, Sackler family’s protection

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma can start executing a settlement that protects members of the Sackler family who own the company from civil lawsuits over the toll of opioids, a court ruled Tuesday. The ruling from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York allows the company’s transformation to start. Under a deal reached […]

Jul 20, 2021

4 companies on verge of settling US opioid lawsuits

By GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press The three biggest U.S. drug distribution companies and the drugmaker Johnson & Johnson are on the verge of a $26 billion settlement covering thousands of lawsuits over the toll of opioids across the U.S., two people with knowledge of the plans told The Associated Press. As a precursor to the […]

Aug 20, 2019

S.C. AG sues 3 opioid distributors

  The South Carolina Attorney General’s Office has filed a lawsuit against three major opioid distributors, asserting that the companies contributed to opioid addiction problems in the state. Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the suit against Cardinal Health, McKesson, and AmerisourceBergen at a news conference Aug. 15, alleging that they violated the state’s unfair trade […]

Mar 20, 2019

Clinic accused of ‘liberally’ prescribing unneeded opioids

A pain management clinic with facilities in Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina is accused of “liberally” prescribing unnecessary opioid painkillers. News outlets report the U.S. Department of Justice joined three lawsuits this month that accuse the company, Pain Management Associates, of benefiting from over-prescribing the addictive drugs. The lawsuits, filed by former emplo[...]

Aug 30, 2018

Judge appointed to manage South Carolina’s opioid lawsuits

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s high court has appointed a single judge to handle any lawsuits related to opioids in the state system. On Thursday, the state Supreme Court assigned Circuit Court Judge Perry Gravely to the task. Gravely, based in Pickens, has been on the circuit bench since 2015. Lawsuits have been piling […]

Aug 29, 2018

Why counties want state courts to maintain jurisdiction

Marc Bern’s law firm has been hired by more than half the counties of South Carolina to file opioid lawsuits.

Aug 29, 2018

Dorchester Co. suit says misinformation campaign led to costly opioid abuse

An illegal drug ring has been operating unchecked in South Carolina for the better part of a decade, according to attorneys for Dorchester County.

Jun 5, 2018

SC governor signs 9 opioid related bills into law

COLUMBIA (AP) South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed nine opioid-related bills in an effort to address the ongoing health crisis in the state. The signing June 4 came at an addiction treatment and rehabilitation center in Greenville. McMaster declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency last year and signed two executive orders that required health officials […]

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