Geoff Mulvihill

  • JUDGE Oct 21, 2019

    Drugmakers, Distributors Reach 11th-Hour Deal to Settle Opioids Lawsuit

    The nation’s three biggest drug distributors and a major drugmaker agreed to an 11th-hour, $260 million settlement Monday over the terrible toll taken by opioids in two Ohio counties, averting the first federal trial over the crisis. The trial, involving Cleveland’s Cuyahoga County and Akron’s Summit County, was seen as a critical test case that could have gauged the strength...

  • JUDGE Oct 19, 2019

    Opioid Negotiations Fail to Produce Deal Just Before Trial

    Negotiations aimed at reaching a major settlement in the nation’s opioid litigation reached an impasse Friday. Key differences were between state attorneys general and lawyers representing local governments, rather than with the drugmakers and distributors they are suing. One of the negotiators, North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein, said late Friday that local governments did not accept a deal worth...

  • JUDGE Oct 11, 2019

    Judge Will Halt Lawsuits Against Purdue Pharma, Its Owners

    A judge will halt lawsuits against Purdue Pharma and its owners for six months in hopes of finalizing a settlement over the OxyContin maker’s role in the national opioid crisis, he said Friday.

  • New York Oct 6, 2019

    Victims, Families Gain Key Role in Purdue Bankruptcy Case

    Victims of opioid addiction weren’t in the room when OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma persuaded half the state attorneys general to settle claims over the company’s role in the nationwide overdose epidemic. Now that Purdue is in federal bankruptcy court, four people whose lives were touched by addiction have important seats at the table — and could force fundamental changes to...

  • New York Oct 4, 2019

    Purdue Opioid Deal Blasted as Records Show $13B to Sacklers

    Attorneys general representing nearly half the states and lawyers for more than 500 local governments on Friday blasted the terms of Purdue Pharma’s offer to settle thousands of lawsuits over the nation’s opioid crisis in court filings that also said the company had funneled up to $13 billion to its controlling family. Their legal filings said the tentative deal does...

  • New Jersey Sep 17, 2019

    ‘Blood Money’? Purdue Settlement Would Rely on Opioid Sales

    The tentative multibillion-dollar settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma would raise money to help clean up the opioid mess by … selling more OxyContin. That would amount to blood money, in the opinion of some critics. And it’s one reason two dozen states have rejected the deal. “The settlement agreement basically requires the settlement payments to be made based on...

  • attorney Sep 17, 2019

    Purdue Pharma Begins Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Journey

    Purdue Pharma gets its day in court Tuesday after the OxyContin maker filed for bankruptcy and negotiated a potential multi-billion dollar settlement to resolve thousands of lawsuits. An initial hearing will be held in federal court in White Plains, New York, for the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case. Purdue filed for bankruptcy protection late Sunday, the first step in a plan...

  • America Sep 16, 2019

    Purdue Pharma Files for Bankruptcy, But May Not Be Off Hook

    OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and its owners expressed sympathy but not responsibility for the nation’s opioid crisis as the company filed for bankruptcy protection late Sunday night, part of a move to settle some 2,600 lawsuits — most from state and local governments. “Like families across America, we have deep compassion for the victims of the opioid crisis,” Sackler family...

  • attorney Sep 11, 2019

    Tentative Opioids Settlement Falls Short of Nationwide Deal

    A tentative settlement announced Wednesday over the role Purdue Pharma played in the nation’s opioid addiction crisis falls short of the far-reaching national settlement the OxyContin maker had been seeking for months, with litigation sure to continue against the company and the family that owns it. The agreement with about half the states and attorneys representing roughly 2,000 local governments...

  • NBCUniversal Inc. Sep 11, 2019

    OxyContin Maker Agrees to Tentative Settlement: Attorneys

    Attorneys for some 2,000 local governments say they have agreed to a tentative settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma over the toll of the nation’s opioid crisis.

  • New York Sep 8, 2019

    Purdue Pharma Says Settlement Talks in Opioid Cases Not Over

    OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and lawyers representing local governments both said Sunday that they’re interested in continuing negotiations to settle lawsuits over the toll of the opioid crisis a day after two state attorneys general told colleagues that their talks with the company were at an impasse and that they expected the company to file imminently for bankruptcy. The statements...

  • Attorney General Sep 8, 2019

    Opioid Maker Purdue to File for Bankruptcy: Email

    “I think they are a group of sanctimonious billionaires who lied and cheated so they could make a handsome profit,” Pennsylvania Attorney General Shapiro said. “I truly believe that they have blood on their hands.”

  • Donald Trump Aug 27, 2019

    Greatest Head Count in US History Is Nearly Ready for Launch

    With just a few months left before America starts taking its biggest-ever self-portrait, the U.S. Census Bureau is grappling with a host of concerns about the head count, including how to ensure that it is secure and accurate and the challenge of getting most people to answer questions online. All of that is on top of the main attention-grabber of...

  • New Jersey Jul 17, 2019

    Data Shows Flood of Opioids Across US, Many of Them Generics

    The maker of OxyContin has been cast as the chief villain in the nation’s opioid crisis. But newly released government figures suggest Purdue Pharma had plenty of help in flooding the U.S. with billions of pills even as overdose deaths were accelerating. Records kept by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration show that 76 billion oxycodone and hydrocodone pills — the...

  • Donald Trump Jun 28, 2019

    Late GOP Redistricting Guru’s Files Hint at Partisan Motives

    During his long career drawing legislative maps designed to help Republicans, Tom Hofeller preached about the dangers of leaving digital fingerprints. As he advised in a 2011 presentation about redistricting strategies: “Make sure your computer is in a PRIVATE location,” and “Don’t walk away from it and leave your work exposed.” But less than a year after his death, Hofeller’s...

  • New Jersey Jun 23, 2019

    States’ Push to Legalize Sports Betting Differs by Region

    In the year since the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for every state to legalize sports betting, a regional divide has opened as states decide whether to expand their gambling options. By year’s end, legalization is possible in a dozen states in the Northeast and Midwest. But most states in the Deep South and far West — SEC and...

  • Florida Apr 28, 2019

    Immigrant-Heavy GOP States OK With Census Citizen Question

    It’s not just Democratic-leaning states at risk of losing federal money and clout in Congress if the Supreme Court says the upcoming census can include a citizenship question. Fast-growing Arizona, Florida and Texas all have large groups of immigrants, especially Hispanics, who might choose to sit out the census, but are led by Republicans who seem unconcerned about the potential...

  • Florida Mar 2, 2019

    Legalized Sports Betting Unlikely in Texas, California and Florida

    A 50-state review of sports gambling legislation by The Associated Press reveals that legalization efforts are nonexistent or very unlikely to happen anytime soon in the nation’s three most populous states — Texas, California and Florida — which together hold more than a quarter of the U.S. population.

  • Delaware Feb 4, 2019

    Fans Bet on Super Bowl in Multiple States for the First Time

    Football fans bet legally on the Super Bowl from states other than Nevada for the first time Sunday, with the excitement spreading from Las Vegas to as far as Rhode Island. Sunday’s big game was the first major sporting event for sportsbooks in a handful of states that opened after the U.S. Supreme Court in May struck down a ban...

  • Attorney General Feb 1, 2019

    Family Made Billions on Opioid as Crisis Raged, Filing Says

    The family behind OxyContin raked in billions of dollars as it pushed to keep patients on the powerful painkiller longer despite evidence that the drug was helping to fuel the nation’s deadly opioid crisis, Massachusetts authorities allege in newly public court documents. While aggressively marketing OxyContin, the Sackler family also sought to profit off the drug abuse crisis its company...

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