News Year: 2018

Wrestling with the opioid epidemic in 2018

December 28th, 2018

By Christie Wisniewski , Bennington Banner BENNINGTON— While the opioid epidemic is still a harsh reality for Bennington, community leaders have rallied together throughout 2018 to propose new initiatives to help those struggling with addiction and to help the town heal from the epidemic’s effects. Toward the end of the year, an opioid response plan, […]

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Beyond the First Step: Big Law Partners and Former Federal Judges Discuss the Importance of Expansive Criminal Justice Reform

December 26th, 2018

The FIRST STEP Act is aptly named for the series of changes advocates say need to be made for comprehensive criminal justice reform. By Andrew Denney Of all the times that mandatory minimum sentencing laws forced Kevin Sharp, a retired federal judge who presided in the Middle District of Tennessee, to mete out a punishment […]

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SF Becomes Latest To Sue Pharma Cos. Over Opioid Crisis

December 19th, 2018

By Dave Simpson Law360 (December 19, 2018, 6:50 PM EST) — The city and county of San Francisco hit a slew of drugmakers with a suit in federal court Tuesday, alleging that they broke federal laws by marketing opioids as safe and effective, joining dozens of cities, states and government agencies to sue the pharmaceutical […]

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Best of Bisnow 2018: The Year’s 20 Most-Clicked Articles

December 18th, 2018

There was more to 2018 than Amazon … sort of. A big chunk of Bisnow’s most-clicked stories of 2018 were related to HQ2, but our readers were also particularly interested in open offices, housing affordability, Chick-fil-A and lawsuits. Check out the 20 stories that most resonated with Bisnow readers this year. 20) Cushman & Wakefield […]

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GE Must Face Bulk Of ERISA Suit

December 17th, 2018

By Danielle Nichole Smith Law360 (December 17, 2018, 4:32 PM EST) — A Massachusetts federal judge cut one claim from a proposed class action alleging that General Electric Co. wrongly invested its retirement plan participants’ savings in subpar affiliated funds, but allowed the rest of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act suit to go forward. […]

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The ‘Animal House’ culture at Dartmouth — then and now

December 12th, 2018

OPINION | DIANA WHITNEY ‘Would you send your daughters to Dartmouth?” The young woman met my eyes across the classroom, curious and expectant. I was back on campus visiting the #MeToo class in the Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies department — a middle-aged “alumni mentor” come to speak with students about my own experience at […]

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Lawsuit puts spotlight on College’s practices concerning sexual assault survivors

December 10th, 2018

by Rachel Pakianathan For Emma Rodriguez ’20, a trained WISE advocate, Movement Against Violence facilitator, and member of the Student and Presidential Committee on Sexual Assault member and the Sexual Violence Prevention Project’s student advisory board, the allegations made in the pending sexual harassment class action lawsuit against the College were disturbing, but not surprising. […]

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Law360’s Employment MVPs Get The Job Done

December 8th, 2018

Law360 (December 8, 2018, 12:03 AM EST) — From the introduction of the term “inclusion rider” into the public lexicon during January’s Academy Awards and the ongoing reckoning with sexual harassment in the workplace, to high-stakes wage and discrimination cases, it’s been a big year for employment law. The accomplishments of these six lawyers set […]

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Another Virginia county files lawsuit over opioid crisis

December 7th, 2018

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) — Another Virginia county is suing opioid industry giants it says have contributed to the devastating opioid epidemic. The Roanoke Times obtained a copy of Montgomery County’s lawsuit against three dozen named defendants and 100 anonymous defendants that’s being filed in circuit court. The county is seeking $100 million, in addition to […]

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Montgomery County files lawsuit against opioid industry

December 6th, 2018

By Eric Pointer MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR News) – Montgomery County is taking legal action against the opioid crisis by filing a lawsuit against the opioid industry. The county is now one of more than a dozen others fighting against opioids in Virginia state courts. “I think the lawsuit a fantastic idea. Like I said, […]

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VW Worker Urges Court To Block Alleged Age Discrimination

December 6th, 2018

By Danielle Nichole Smith Law360 (December 6, 2018, 5:33 PM EST) — A Volkswagen employee alleging that the company implemented a policy to shed older workers as part of a rebranding strategy urged a Tennessee federal judge Thursday to order the automaker not to carry out the plan or keep him from advancing in his […]

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Worker accusing VW of age bias asks court to block early retirement program

December 6th, 2018

Daniel Wiessner A Volkswagen AG employee in Tennessee who claims the automaker is pushing out older workers as part of a rebranding effort asked a federal judge on Thursday to order the company to temporarily cease an early retirement program. Jonathan Manlove’s lawyers at Sanford Heisler Sharp filed a motion for a preliminary injunction in […]

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Montgomery County sues opioid industry giants for role in nationwide ‘epidemic’

December 6th, 2018

By Robby Korth Montgomery County filed suit against dozens of people and companies in the opioid industry Thursday, accusing them of contributing to a crisis that’s ravaged the county and country. The county is seeking $100 million, plus $350,000 in punitive damages from each of the more than three dozen named defendants and 100 anonymous […]

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Montgomery County Joins the Fight Against the Opioid Industry

December 6th, 2018

Lawsuit Alleges Defendants’ Illegal Practices Devastated Virginia County CHRISTIANSBURG, Va., Dec. 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Montgomery County, Virginia, represented by Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, Kaufman & Canoles, P.C., and The Cicala Law Firm PLLC today initiated legal action against opioid manufacturers, distributors, and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) for their role in creating the public […]

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Sanford Heisler Sharp Files Motion for Preliminary Injunction Against Volkswagen to Stop Continued Discriminatory Treatment

December 6th, 2018

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., Dec. 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP filed a motion today asking the court to issue a preliminary injunction blocking Volkswagen from further implementation of a company-wide policy of age discrimination against employees 50 years and older, dubbed the “Pact for the Future.” The request follows from a complaint filed […]

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