NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma judge is expected to rule Monday in the first state case to go to trial accusing an opioid drugmaker of being responsible for the devastating consequences arising from addiction to the powerful painkillers. Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman is scheduled to deliver his judgment in open court at 3 p.m. The case is at the forefront of a wave of similar lawsuits by states, cities, counties and Indian tribes against drug companies over the wreckage caused by the national opioid crisis. Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter has called consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson, the last remaining defendant group in the case, a "kingpin" company that helped
A federal appeals court has cleared the way for a trial in a decade-old lawsuit accusing a military contractor of responsibility for torture of prisoners at the U.S.-run Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, but one judge assigned to the case warned the ruling could have “dangerous” results. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday turned down a bid by one the contractor firm, CACI Premier Technology, to invoke sovereign immunity. That protection is typically reserved for U.S. government agencies that bars suits for money damages, except where Congress has waived that immunity. The three-judge panel did not rule on whether or not CACI is entitled to “derivative” immunity as a result of its work for the
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An unnamed former assistant professor of economics accused Baylor University of gender-based discrimination in a Title IX lawsuit filed Aug. 9. In the lawsuit, John Doe alleges Baylor found him guilty of sexual misconduct on the basis of his male gender. The lawsuit claims Baylor compensated for recent sexual assault scandals by enacting a “university-wide culture of anti-male bias and intimidation inconsistent with its stated Christian principles.” Doe alleges he was terminated from his position as a result of this culture following accusations of sexual misconduct. Four causes of action against Baylor are listed: violation of Title IX, violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,
Lloyds Banking Group has been ordered to lift the lid on its relationship with insolvency practitioners after allegations that conflicts of interest damaged the position of other creditors. A High Court judge said Lloyds must reveal details of its insolvency agreement with BDO, the accountancy firm, in light of claims that the “impartiality and independence” of insolvency practitioners may have been undermined by their relationship with the bank. The judgment relates to a case in which Ventra Investments, a property firm, is suing Bank of Scotland, a Lloyds subsidiary, over allegations that it was damaged by mis-sold loans. When Ventra's properties were sold off, the company also alleges that
It's no surprise that a federal judge crippled a lawsuit challenging Mississippi's constitutional provisions that take the right to vote away from people convicted of certain crimes. After all, district court judges aren't supposed to overrule higher courts. But with multiple parties appealing, the dispute isn't over yet. U.S. District Judge Dan Jordan earlier in August threw out combined challenges to Mississippi's provisions that disenfranchise people. He left alive a challenge to how Mississippi allows people to regain their voting rights, but ruled that those challenging that part of the state Constitution hadn't yet done enough to prove their case that it is racially discriminatory. The
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice and his companies have obtained high-profile representation over the past weeks, and the interconnected relationships have resulted in steps to avoid conflict. During a circuit court hearing last week over the governor's residency issues, attorney George Terwilliger took the lead. He is a former United States Deputy Attorney General now leading the white collar practice at the McGuireWoods firm in Washington, D.C. Another senior partner in the white collar litigation department at McGuireWoods is Richard Cullen Sr. He is a former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, a position currently held by Terwilliger's son, Zachary Terwilliger. There is
When Liz O'Sullivan was hired at the New York City-based artificial intelligence company Clarifai in 2017, she felt lucky to find work at the intersection of two of her main interests: technology and ethics. Clarifai was developing aerial photography and object detection tools as one of several companies working on Project Maven, a Pentagon drone surveillance program. After several conversations with friends and colleagues, O'Sullivan realized this type of technology eventually could be used for autonomous weapons. In January, she wrote to Clarifai CEO Matt Zeiler on behalf of a group of employees, seeking clarification on whether the technology would be used to create weapons and asking him to commit to a series of ethical measures.
The Supreme Court yesterday affirmed its earlier order which upheld the High Court directive, clearing the way to continue the trial proceedings of a corruption case against BNP's standing committee member Moudud Ahmed. A six-member bench of the Appellate Division of the SC, headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, dismissed a petition filed by Moudud, seeking review of its earlier order. On May 14, the apex court upheld the HC order that cleared the way to continue the trial proceedings against Moudud. The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case with Gulshan Police Station on September 16, 2007 against Moudud on charges of amassing illegal wealth worth Tk 7.38 crore and concealing
PHILADELPHIA - A court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Philadelphia's police union over a list of officers who prosecutors have tried to keep off the witness stand because of alleged wrongdoing. The Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas earlier this week dismissed the suit filed last year by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 against the city and District Attorney Larry Krasner. The Philadelphia Inquirer last year obtained a list of 66 current and former officers. It was drawn up by prosecutors in 2017 at the order of former District Attorney Seth Williams. The suit alleged the city failed to create due process protections for officers put on the list. Police union President John McNesby said
In just weeks, students across New Jersey will cram into classrooms, fresh off of another summer break. They'll share pencils and lockers, go to gym class and eat lunch together — and not all of them will be immunized. As we mark Immunization Awareness Month in August, we're seeing the harmful results that occur when anti-vaccination voices grow stronger. Aided by a series of outbreaks nationwide, there have been 1,203 individual cases of measles as of Aug. 15, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's the highest number of cases for the highly contagious and dangerous disease since it was declared eliminated in the U.S. in 2000 and the most since 1992. It comes as no
Cristiano Ronaldo's lawyers have admitted that he did pay a woman a £300,000 settlement after she accused the superstar of rape in 2009, despite him denying the claims. A lawsuit was filed in state court by Kathryn Mayorga last year attempting to invalidate the settlement, alleging Ronaldo and his legal team took advantage of her situation and citing her fragile emotional state. Mayorga accused Ronaldo of raping her after meeting on a night out in Las Vegas, but he has denied the allegations. No criminal charges have been filed, with prosecutors determining the claims "cannot be proven beyond reasonable doubt" and Ronaldo's lawyers claiming they had consensual sex. A lawsuit in federal court
NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Former Attorney General of Louisiana, Charles C. Foti, Jr., Esq., a partner at the law firm of Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC ("KSF"), announces that KSF has commenced an investigation into Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT). On May 12, 2018, the Company, which owns, develops, operates, and franchises Chili's Grill & Bar restaurants, disclosed that its data network had been breached between March and April 2018, exposing the personally identifiable information of its customers. Subsequently, several customers of Chili's filed suit against the Company alleging that its failure to comply with industry standards for information security and implement adequate
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) � A federal appeals court is temporarily protecting Qualcomm from an antitrust ruling that would have forced the mobile chipmaker to drastically change how it licenses key technology for connecting smartphones to the internet. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal granted a stay Friday in a high-stakes case that has pitted U.S. government agencies against each other while magnifying Qualcomm's pivotal role in an upcoming shift to ultrafast wireless connections, known as 5G. The latest twist will prevent the Federal Trade Commission from enforcing key provisions of a lower court ruling that said Qualcomm abused its portfolio of about 140,000 patents to stifle competition. The Justice Department, joined by the Defense and Energy departments, had taken the unusual step of urging the appeals court to stay, or put on hold, parts of that ruling in the interests of national security.
This one can cost Spotify a pretty penny...and by "pretty penny" we're talking billions of dollars. The Hollywood Reporter detailed a lawsuit that Eminem's publisher, Eight Mile Style, has recently filed against the streaming giant. According to Eight Mile Style, Spotify has been streaming 250 of the Detroit rapper's songs without permission. They reportedly don't have the license to make Em's songs available, but they've allegedly backdoored the process. THR states that Eminem's tracks are being streamed under a "Copyright Control" category that was created specifically for songs where copyright holders cannot be found or identified. However, Marshall Mathers isn't exactly a stranger or unknown