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March 21st, 2014

Another State High Court Slaps Down AG’s ‘Off-Label’ Lawsuit against Maker of ‘Miracle’ Drug

The Arkansas Supreme Court this week unanimously reversed a lower court’s $1.2 billion verdict won previously in an off-labeling lawsuit waged by the state’s attorney general against the maker of widely used and effective antipsychotic medication . . . → Read More: Another State High Court Slaps Down AG’s ‘Off-Label’ Lawsuit against Maker of ‘Miracle’ Drug

June 12th, 2013

Pay-to-Play Action Between Nevada AG, Trial Lawyer Patrons Spotlighted by WSJ Editorial

Updating the pay-to-play action that Nevada’s attorney general is running with some out-of-state plaintiffs’ lawyers, Wall Street Journal editorial writers today urge the state’s high court to end it . . . → Read More: Pay-to-Play Action Between Nevada AG, Trial Lawyer Patrons Spotlighted by WSJ Editorial

April 11th, 2013

ATRA Backs ‘Transparency’ Policies of WV’s New AG

In an op-ed published today by the State Journal in West Virginia, ATRA president Tiger Joyce offered support for the state’s new attorney general, Patrick Morrisey, and his proposed transparency policies aimed at providing the public with more information about the hiring of outside counsel . . . → Read More: ATRA Backs ‘Transparency’ Policies of WV’s New AG

February 15th, 2013

Breaking Bad on the Bayou: Supreme Court and Attorney General Giving Louisiana a Bad Name

Despite ongoing legislative reform efforts, Louisiana seems headed for a Judicial Hellholes ranking this year thanks to a recently horrendous state supreme court decision and a continuing pay-to-play shakedown racket known as the “Buddy System” . . . → Read More: Breaking Bad on the Bayou: Supreme Court and Attorney General Giving Louisiana a Bad Name

January 16th, 2013

Louisiana AG’s ‘Pay-to-Play’ Party Rolls on in 2013

The all too cozy relationships between Louisiana’s attorney general and various personal injury lawyers and law firms that were criticized in the latest Judicial Hellholes report appear to be continuing in the New Year . . . → Read More: Louisiana AG’s ‘Pay-to-Play’ Party Rolls on in 2013

September 26th, 2012

Louisiana Appeals Court Upholds Another Pay-to-Play Verdict, AG’s Political Patrons Get Richer

A Louisiana appeals court has upheld a $258 million jury verdict reached in a 2010 pharmaceutical case and criticized in that year’s Judicial Hellholes report for its “disproportionate enormity” . . . → Read More: Louisiana Appeals Court Upholds Another Pay-to-Play Verdict, AG’s Political Patrons Get Richer

June 1st, 2012

Diabetes Drug Maker Fights Pay-to-Play in Once-and-Future Judicial Hellhole

Standing up to Louisiana’s attorney general and his personal injury lawyer pals, the maker of a widely prescribed treatment for Type 2 diabetes yesterday sought to end what it calls an unlawful fee arrangement in connection with the AG’s multibillion-dollar lawsuit against it.

GlaxoSmitAG CaldwellhKline LLC (GSK) makes Avandia, the diabetes drug that Attorney General James “Buddy” Caldwell (R) last year alleged in a lawsuit was illegally sold, priced, marketed and promoted, all at the expense of diabetes patients and taxpayers who foot the bill for the state’s Medicaid program.  Curiously, the state agency that runs the Medicaid program, the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH), did not join Caldwell’s lawsuit.  In fact, DHH has long classified Avandia as a “preferred” drug that physicians are free to prescribe at their discretion, with the understanding that there are always risks of side-effects when prescribing complex drugs for profoundly ill patients. Continue reading Diabetes Drug Maker Fights Pay-to-Play in Once-and-Future Judicial Hellhole

May 25th, 2012

Another Loss for Mississippi AG Jim Hood

Just days after a related good-government reform bill he fought tooth-and-nail was signed into law, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood got more bad news in the form of a state supreme court decision . . . → Read More: Another Loss for Mississippi AG Jim Hood

March 28th, 2012

Back to His Old Pay-to-Play Ways? Mississippi AG Angers Lawmakers with Latest Outside Counsel Hire

After recently asking his political supporters to help him block pending state legislation that would cramp his pay-to-play style, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has stepped in it real good with his latest closed-door hiring of outside counsel, according to Magnolia State media folk . . . → Read More: Back to His Old Pay-to-Play Ways? Mississippi AG Angers Lawmakers with Latest Outside Counsel Hire

March 1st, 2012

ATRA Urges Mississippi AG to Debate ‘Sunshine Bill’ Honestly

Having read what he felt was a misleading campaign email sent yesterday by Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, ATRA’s communications director today emailed the AG, urging him to be more “forthright” in debating the merits of the so-called Sunshine Bill, recently passed in the Mississippi House . . . → Read More: ATRA Urges Mississippi AG to Debate ‘Sunshine Bill’ Honestly

October 26th, 2011

Manhattan Institute Allies Keep Heat on Pay-to-Play Attorneys General

ATRA’s allies at the Manhattan Institute’s Center for Legal Policy have published their latest edition of Trial Lawyers, Inc., this time examining the increasingly troubling relationships between many state attorneys general and their personal injury lawyer political patrons . . . → Read More: Manhattan Institute Allies Keep Heat on Pay-to-Play Attorneys General