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Posted by: thepinetree on 05/11/2018 12:51 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 05/11/2018 12:51 PM
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Baron & Budd Files Suit on Behalf of 30 California Counties (Including Calaveras) to Hold Pharmaceutical Industry Responsible in Opioid Crisis

San Diego, CA...The law firm of Baron & Budd announced that it will file lawsuits on behalf of 30 California counties against many of the nation’s largest pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors for their role in creating a widespread diversion of prescription opiates for nonmedical purposes. The suits seek an abatement remedy in addition to legal damages to reimburse taxpayers for money spent providing social resources in response to the opioid crisis.

The 30 Counties have organized through the California Opioid Consortium and represent the interests of approximately 10.5 million California residents. Each of the 30 counties are filing suit in federal court and expect their cases to be transferred into the Multi-District Litigation, which is being overseen by U.S. District Judge Dan Polster of the Northern District of Ohio. To date, more than 500 public entities have filed similar suits around the country.

“As a California native, I stand with these 30 counties to recover taxpayer funds and to prevent the proliferation of the crisis. For too long, local governments have subsidized the bad acts of some of the largest corporations in our country which are reaping billion-dollar profits and placing profits over public safety,” said Baron & Budd Shareholder, John Fiske. “These 30 counties are standing up for their communities, and I am proud to be a part of their action.”

The California Opioid Consortium and its counsel have developed evidence that many of the nation’s largest drug manufactures misinformed doctors about the addictiveness and efficacy of opioids. The manufacturer Defendants include Purdue Pharma; Teva Ltd; Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson); Endo Health Solutions, Inc.; Allergan PLC; and Mallinckrodt. Drugs manufactured by these companies include, but are not limited to: OxyContin, Actiq, Fentora, Duragesic, Nucynta, Nucynta ER, Opana/Opana ER, Percodan, Percocet, Zydone, Kadian and Norco.

The lawsuits also name the nation’s largest drug distributors – Cardinal Health, AmerisourceBergen, and McKesson Corp. – alleging that the companies failed to monitor, identify and report “suspicious” opioid shipments to pharmacies, in violation of the federal Controlled Substances Act. Some suits also name other large national distributors and retailers.

The legal team representing the counties includes the law firms of Baron & Budd; Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Rafferty & Proctor; Powell & Majestro; Greene Ketchum Bailey Farrell & Tweel; Hill, Peterson, Carper, Bee & Deitzler; and McHugh Fuller Law Group. The firms currently represent more than 300 cities and counties throughout the United States for opioid-related claims. Baron & Budd serves as lead counsel to approximately 80 percent of the municipalities that have filed suit against pharmaceutical distributors for opioid-related cases.

Baron & Budd, P.C. is among the largest and most accomplished plaintiffs’ law firms in the country. With more than 40 years of experience, Baron & Budd has the expertise and resources to handle complex litigation throughout the United States. As a law firm that takes pride in remaining at the forefront of litigation, Baron & Budd has spearheaded many significant cases for hundreds of entities and thousands of individuals. Since the firm was founded in 1977, Baron & Budd has achieved substantial national acclaim for its work on cutting-edge litigation, trying hundreds of cases to verdict and settling tens of thousands of cases in areas of litigation as diverse as dangerous pharmaceuticals and defective medical devices, asbestos and mesothelioma, environmental contamination, fraudulent banking practices, motor vehicles, employment, and other consumer fraud issues.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-05-11 12:56:14   By: Anonymous
Drugs are fun.

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    Posted on: 2018-05-12 19:53:40   By: Anonymous
    who holds the users themselves accountable? what a crock of ****

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Drugs are kind of "nifty"
Posted on: 2018-05-11 13:37:50   By: Anonymous
I think they're the bee's-knees, I think they're keen.

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Why Sue?
Posted on: 2018-05-11 14:09:02   By: Anonymous
I don't understand why they think they have to sue. Trump said that he alone would be able to take care of the opioid problem. The braggadocious moron hasn't done anything where the crap to solve the problem, so I guess that's why the lawsuit. Once again, Trump brags about how much he's going to do to solve a problem, and doesn't do *bleep*.

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    Re: Why Sue?
    Posted on: 2018-05-11 14:11:12   By: Anonymous
    Yeah, I remember Trump saying he was going to solve the opioid crisis. What happened? Has he done anything worthwhile? Or is he just giving us a bunch of bull*bleep*, again. The country needs help and the only way people can get it is to sue somebody. The Trump government is obviously not working on this crisis. If they are, it ain't working.

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      Re: Why Sue?
      Posted on: 2018-05-11 14:12:16   By: Anonymous
      Well I think that he put kellyanne Conway in charge, and as usual a person with no experience or knowledge just can't get anything done.

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      Re: Why Sue?
      Posted on: 2018-05-11 14:25:47   By: Anonymous
      So today Trump announces that he's going to get the price of drugs lowered for us. Yippee!!!! Opioids will be cheaper now, hurray for Trump and solving the opioid crisis. Cheaper drugs all the way around, lower the opioid price, make it more affordable, I love it I love drugs.

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    Re: Why Sue?
    Posted on: 2018-05-13 04:07:07   By: Anonymous
    If only President Obama were here to show President Trump how to draw lines in the sand, this crisis would be over.

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Chronic pain in the ass
Posted on: 2018-05-11 19:22:02   By: Anonymous
The Chronic lawyer is the chronic pain in the ass. A misdirected lawsuit. But the chronicle lawyer doesn't care, cuz he's going to get paid a bunch of money by some sucker who thinks that a lawsuits kind of stop the opioid problem in this country.

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    Re: Chronic pain in the ass
    Posted on: 2018-05-11 22:00:15   By: Anonymous

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    Re: Chronic pain in the ass
    Posted on: 2018-05-12 15:24:33   By: Anonymous
    A lawsuit did a lot to stop tobacco and asbestos. Pharmaceutical companies don't care about morality, but they care a lot about money. It doesn't matter as much where the money goes, as long as it comes out of the pharmaceutical industry, esp. the distributors who send 1000s of doses per person to small towns in rural America. Even the most idiotic CEO knows those drugs are being diverted.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-05-11 22:10:14   By: Anonymous
proponets of BIG MARIJUANA trying to push out the real medicine!

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    Posted on: 2018-05-12 08:09:18   By: Anonymous
    Like doctor dotty in Arnold? She will prescribe you oxy or norco for a hangnail.

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