Year: 2018

Virginia Supreme Court Appoints Panel at Request of Martinsville, VA to Consider Consolidation of Opioid Lawsuits in State Court

On November 20, 2018, the Virginia Supreme Court appointed a panel of three Circuit Court judges to consider the consolidation of lawsuits previously filed in Virginia state courts against opioid manufacturers, distributors, and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) for their role in creating the public health emergency caused by prescription opioids. The panel was appointed in direct response to the request…

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Filing A Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Under A Pseudonym

The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure generally require that a publicly filed lawsuit name all the parties involved.  However, under certain circumstances, plaintiffs can avoid disclosing their name by filing a lawsuit using a pseudonym (such as “Jane Doe” or “John Doe”).  Although the use of a pseudonym commonly arises in sexual harassment cases, some courts are reluctant to allow…

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Montgomery County Sues Opioid Industry Giants For Role In Nationwide ‘Epidemic’

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 defendants — plus a possible tripling of damages.…

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The Legal Profession has a Uniquely Disturbing Gender Disparity in Job Satisfaction

Researchers at Vanderbilt Law School have found an alarming disparity in the job satisfaction rates between recent male and female law graduates, as detailed in a forthcoming research paper in the Marquette Law Review. The researchers discovered that “recently graduated female lawyers are 19 percentage points less likely to state that they are very satisfied with their current job compared to their…

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Dartmouth Lawsuit Says School Allowed ‘Animal House’ Culture Among Professors, Students

By Douglas Belkin Seven current and former Dartmouth College students filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Ivy League school on Thursday, alleging it ignored an “Animal House” atmosphere created by three professors in the school’s department of psychology and brain sciences. The lawsuit, which seeks $70 million in damages, claims the professors “leered at, groped, sexted, intoxicated and raped…

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Martinsville Files Motion To Consolidate Opioid Lawsuits of 11 Localities

The City of Martinsville filed a motion to consolidate the opioid lawsuits of 10 other localities, including Pittsylvania County, in the Virginia Supreme Court on Tuesday. All 11 of the localities retained the legal team of representatives from LLC; Kaufman & Canoles, P.C.; and the Cicala Law Firm PLLC. The lawsuits of each locality sue prescription opioid manufacturers, distributors and…

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Technological Advances Debunk Common Excuses for Failure to Promote Women

Any woman working in today’s corporate culture is no doubt familiar with the numerous excuses used to explain the underrepresentation of women in corporate management. A veritable cottage industry has emerged in the form of books and articles offering advice on the common mistakes women make that result in slowed career growth. The advice for women looking to advance in…

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Moving Towards Pay Equity Without Salary History

Over the past few years, there has been a movement to restrict employers from inquiring into the salary histories of prospective employees. The rationale for this prohibition is clear: certain jobs and workers have historically been underappreciated and underpaid; consequently, workers in these jobs are anchored to lower starting salaries. If employers can ask about such artificially low and discriminatory…

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Martinsville and Henry County Join the Fight Against the Opioid Industry

Posted October 4th, 2018. Lawsuit Alleges Defendants’ Illegal Practices Devastated SW Virginia Communities MARTINSVILLE, Va., October 4, 2018 – The City of Martinsville, Virginia and Henry County, Virginia, represented by 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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In Gender Discrimination Suit, Ogletree and Ex-Partner Clash Over Firm’s Arbitration Agreement

Did a national employment law firm botch the rollout of changes to its own arbitration program? That’s the claim of a former Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart attorney suing the firm for gender discrimination who is asking a federal judge to keep the case out of arbitration. Dawn Knepper, who worked as a non-equity shareholder in the firm’s Orange…

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