Articles by Molly Stubbs

States Claim $2 Trillion+ in Damages from OxyContin Maker Purdue Pharma

Amidst the bankruptcy proceedings for Purdue Pharma LP, filings have revealed that several U.S. states seek $2.2 trillion from the drugmaker giant for its role in the opioid crisis. The filings, which were made public in mid-August 2020, detail claims…

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$10B Pledged to Settle Roundup Cancer Claims

On June 24, 2020, the pharmaceutical giant, Bayer, announced its agreement to pay over $10 billion to settle thousands of cancer claims against its herbicide product, Roundup. Bayer took ownership of the popular weedkiller brand after acquiring agrochemical company, Monsanto,…

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On Appeal, Johnson & Johnson Owes $2B for Talc Product Asbestos

On June 23, 2020, the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District upheld a 2018 jury verdict against Johnson & Johnson and ordered the company to pay $2.1 billion to women who claimed to have developed ovarian cancer from using its…

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$3 Million Asbestos Settlement Overturned on Appeal

In January 2020, the Fourth District Appellate Court of Illinois overruled a previous $3.2 million settlement awarded by a jury verdict against roofing material manufacturer, Tremco, Incorporated. In a decision delivered by Justice Thomas Harris—with concurrences from Justices Robert Steigmann…

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230 Spectrum Employees Test Positive for COVID-19 After Company Prohibits Remote Work

On April 21, 2020, the office of New York’s Attorney General Letitia James confirmed opening an inquiry into telecom company, Charter Communications, after more than 230 employees have reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. The company, also known by brand name…

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Illinois Governor Orders Civil Liability Immunity for Healthcare Workers

Since declaring a state of emergency on March 9, 2020, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has issued a series of executive orders under the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act (IEMA) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to limiting large…

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Zoom Faces Multiple Class Action Lawsuits Over Privacy Complaints

Zoom has quickly become a household name as modern life has turned to virtual arrangements. But the company’s rapid rise has also uncovered major security flaws within the software itself. Zoom now faces at least four class action lawsuits filed…

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NJ Law Grants Civil and Criminal Immunity to COVID-19 Healthcare Providers

On April 14, 2020, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed new legislation into law granting an array of legal protections to frontline medical workers in the COVID-19 battle. This new law is a more stalwart follow up to the governor’s…

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Zantac Recall Triggers Wave of Class Action Preparations

In early April 2020, the FDA issued a recall of all prescription and over-the-counter ranitidine drugs. Ranitidine— better known by its brand name Zantac—was discovered to contain a carcinogen called N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) when stored at higher than room temperature. The…

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NY Budget Offers Legal Immunity to Healthcare Providers in Light of COVID-19

Within the recently passed New York State budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year is a newly enacted act offering legal immunities to healthcare providers in the fight against COVID-19. The Emergency or Disaster Treatment Protection Act (EDTPA) acknowledges the “enormous…

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