KY - Attorney General Sues Drug Companies Over Opioid Crisis
Kentucky has joined a growing list of states suing drug manufacturers because of the opioid addiction crisis.
Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear filed the lawsuit for the state, alleging that pharmaceutical giants Johnson & Johnson, Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals engaged in deceptive marketing that led to widespread addiction to painkillers, The Hill news site reported.
"To make that happen, Janssen and other opioid makers had to turn the standard of care on its head — persuading doctors that drugs they had been unwilling to pres...
NJ - General Counsel to Take Over as Executive Director of Rating Bureau
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The New Jersey Compensation and Inspection Bureau has appointed Paul G. Witko as executive director, effective May 1.
Paul G. Witko
Witko, an attorney licensed to practice law in New Jersey and New York since 1989, replaces Frederick A. Huber, who is retiring after 38 years at the bureau.
Witko has served as legal counsel to the bureau for six years while working for the state Department of Banking and Insurance. He worked in private practice as an insurance defense litigator for eight years before joining the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office as a deputy attorney general in 1998...
FL - Miami Files Suit Seeking 'Disgorgement' by Opioid Manufacturers
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The City of Miami has filed suit against major drug manufacturers alleging they were unjustly enriched by an epidemic of abuse that increased the city’s health care and workers’ compensation costs, and strained emergency services as rescue workers responded to 1,717 overdoses in a single year, according to a report by the News Service of Florida.
The suit names Purdue, Teva, Jansen Pharmaceuticals, Endo Health Solutions, Insys Therapeutics, Mallinckrodt, Cardinal Health and McKesson Corp. as defendants. The city seeking unspecified damages and “disgorgement” of unjust ...
AR - Insurance Agent Accused of Taking Premiums for Personal Use
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The Arkansas Insurance Commissioner this week suspended the license of an insurance agent and his agency after the agent was accused of fraudulently obtaining bank loans and converting premiums to personal use.
Alliance Insurance Group, based in Arkadelphia and Hot Springs, offered business insurance, including workers' compensation coverage. The commissioner suspended its license Tuesday, along with the license of agent Berry Bishop, according to news reports and the order of suspension.
The order alleges that Bishop and Alliance created phony insurance policies to be used as collateral...
HI - Report Examines Controversy Surrounding Doctor's Push for Objectivity
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As part of its continuing, serial coverage of issues in Hawaii’s workers’ compensation system, the Honolulu Civil Beat set out to investigate whether an influential physician is an advocate for injured workers or a bagman who helps employers skirt liability for occupational injuries.
Dr. Chris Brigham
Dr. Chris Brigham describes himself as being pro-worker, according to the latest Civil Beat report. During the 2017 National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference and Expo in Las Vegas, Brigham said injured workers should not be treated as disposable items.