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184 ABA Journal Healthcare & Pharmaceutics articles.

Opioid special master who mistakenly hit ‘reply all’ asked to step down

A special master overseeing opioid litigation is resisting a request to step down after he mistakenly sent lawyers a “reply all” email with private notes to himself.

Family First: A group of Washington lawyers works to keep infants with their mothers

While family separations have long been the norm when treating babies born dependent on substances, recent research suggests allowing a mother to stay with and care for her infant significantly improves their health outcomes.

Supreme Court temporarily blocks $6B opioid settlement, agrees to consider Sackler family shield

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to consider the propriety of a bankruptcy plan for OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma that shielded the company’s current owners from future civil liability in exchange for a $6 billion payout.

‘Dobbs is an indictment of women,’ past ABA president tells House in emotional testimony

It’s been more than a year since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, but members of the House of Delegates continued to discuss wide-ranging issues that stem from the landmark decision at the ABA Annual Meeting on Monday.

Are doctors in shield-law states at risk for mailing abortion pills to anti-abortion jurisdictions?

Doctors in states with telemedicine shield laws are now able to ship abortion pills to women in anti-abortion jurisdictions as a result of a new procedure adopted by a European supplier.

6th Circuit panel believes law banning transgender care for minors is likely constitutional

A federal appeals court on Saturday allowed Tennessee to enforce a law that bans gender-affirming surgeries, puberty blockers and hormones for transgender minors. But the appeals court acknowledged “we may be wrong” and expedited the appeal.

Crowell & Moring will withdraw in Humana litigation after Walgreens alleges ‘betrayal’

Crowell & Moring is withdrawing from the representation of health insurer Humana after its litigation opponent accused the law firm of “unethical side-switching.”

Appeals court decision allowing release of Sackler family from opioid liability deepens circuit split

A federal appeals court has upheld a bankruptcy plan for Purdue Pharma that shielded the company’s owners from liability in civil opioid lawsuits in exchange for their agreement to contribute up to $6 billion to resolve the litigation.

Walgreens alleges Crowell & Moring engaged in ‘unethical side-switching,’ leading to $642M arbitration loss

A $642 million arbitration award against Walgreens was obtained by “undue means” because of Crowell & Moring's "unethical side-switching," according to a May 19 amended petition seeking to vacate the award.

States seeking greater reach for their abortion laws may turn to Supreme Court’s pig-welfare decision

A U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding a pig-welfare law could be seized upon by states looking to expand the reach of their abortion regulations.

‘Warlike action’ exclusion didn’t protect insurers from Merck’s cyberattack claim, appeals court says

A New Jersey appeals court ruled last week that an exclusion for “hostile/warlike action” in insurance policies covering "all risks" didn’t bar a pharmaceutical company’s claim for damages in a cyberattack.

Weekly Briefs: Lawyer’s Super Bowl ad leads to litigation; 2 BigLaw firms end merger talks

NFL objects to firm’s Super Bowl ad, leading to suit

The Dimopoulos Law Firm in Las Vegas is seeking a declaratory judgment that its Super Bowl commercial did not infringe…

After seeing attitude shifts about opiate addiction, MDL lawyer targets Facebook

In 2022, a multidistrict litigation lawyer brought a federal action against Meta Platforms Inc. alleging that the algorithms are designed to be addictive.

Cashed check costs United Healthcare more than $2M

United Healthcare of Texas can’t pursue a claim of more than $2 million after its check-processing contractor cashed a $24,000 check offered as a settlement, a Texas appeals court has ruled.

Relax with our favorite long reads of 2022

Feel like curling up next to the fireplace with a good read? ABA Journal Managing Editor Kevin Davis has curated a selection of our favorite feature stories that ran in the magazine and online in 2022.

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