Legal Lasso: Opioid Case Gets $572 Million Judgment

by Tony Flesor

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LOCAL NEWS

Short-Term Rental Case Gets Put on Pause
A couple accused of breaking Denver’s short-term rental laws will get more time to discuss their case with prosecutors before entering a plea.

Kaiser Permanent Colorado Votes on Strike
Workers for Kaiser Permanente Colorado started voting Monday on whether to go on strike. A strike would affect thousands of workers and nearly half of Kaiser’s workforce.

Gabby Giffords in Aurora
Former U.S. Congresswoman Gabby Giffords told a crowd to “Be bold. Be Courageous.” at an Aurora Gun Safety Town Hall.

Lawsuit Filed Over Police-Involved Shooting
The family of a Broomfield man who was killed by Westminster police during a mental health crisis have filed a civil rights lawsuit over the man’s death.

Senate Candidates Ask Senatorial Campaign Committee to Walk Back Endorsement
A group of Democratic women running for Sen. Cory Gardner’s seat asked national Democrats to pull their endorsement of John Hickenlooper. “The Colorado Democratic primary for the US Senate seat should belong to the voters,”  they said.

NATIONAL NEWS

Looking Ahead From Johnson & Johnson’s Judgment
You might have heard that Johnson & Johnson’s Oklahoma opioid lawsuit ended with a $572 million judgment against the drugmaker. So what’s next for all of the other opioid lawsuits?

More on the Ruling
And more on that ruling: Johnson & Johnson plans to appeal the decision, which could cost another $90 million in fees.

States Sue Trump Administration Over Migrant Children Treatment
Nineteen states and the District of Columbia are suing the Trump administration over its plan to pull out of a decades-old court settlement that governs the care of migrant children in federal detention.

Sotomayor’s Strong Words for Florida’s Death Penalty
Justice Sonia Sotomayor called part of Florida’s capital punishment system “Kafkaesque,” but a case questioning the mental fitness of a serial killer sentenced to death is the wrong case to deal with its flaws.

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