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Publication Archive: health and safety

Law360 Quotes Partner Matt Lavin on Viant Lawsuit

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Source: Law360
The lawsuits center on claims that CBH and United Behavioral Health worked with fellow defendant Viant to short payments for claims related to substance use and mental health treatment. A group of patients brought two of the suits, while a group of behavioral health providers launched the other two. “The day of reckoning for them…Read the article

NY Federal Judge: Defendants Must Face 24 Water Lawsuits

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Source: Law360
A New York federal judge has ruled that Dow Chemical Co., Ferro Corp. and Vulcan Materials Corp. must face claims from two dozen New York water authorities and municipalities alleging they allowed a toxic chemical to get into their groundwater. Paul J. Napoli of Napoli Shkolnik PLLC, representing Hicksville Water District in a related case…Read the article

Viant, Cigna Want Out of Behavioral Healthcare Class Action

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Source: Law360
The lawsuits center on claims that CBH and United Behavioral Health worked with fellow defendant Viant to short payments for claims related to substance use and mental health treatment. A group of patients brought two of the suits, while a group of behavioral health providers launched the other two.  Read the article

Grand Prairie Joins $10B Opioids Class Action

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Source: Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune
Lawsuit claims opioid crisis has taxed emergency response systems, led to increased homelessless. The lawsuit alleges manufacturers of prescription opioids “engaged in a massive false marketing campaign to drastically expand the market for such drugs and their own market share,” and both manufacturers and distributors “reaped enormous financial rewards by refusing to monitor and restrict…Read the article

CBC: City of Grand Prairie Files $10B Opioid Class Action

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Source: CBC
The City of Grande Prairie has filed a proposed $10-billion class-action lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors that seeks to recoup municipal costs associated with the opioid crisis. Guardian Law Group is working with a U.S. law firm, Napoli Shkolnik PLLC, on the file. In October, Napoli Shkolnik reached a $320-million settlement with three opioid distribution…Read the article

Bloomberg Law: Matt Lavin on Delaying Mental Health Suits

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Source: Bloomberg
“I’ve had a lot of insurance companies trying to put the brakes indefinitely on cases using the ubiquitous ‘Covid’ excuse,” said Matt Lavin, a partner at Napoli Shkolnik PLLC who almost exclusively represents behavioral health patients and providers. In every single case he has pending, without exception, Lavin said insurance company lawyers have used the…Read the article

PFAS Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Tampa Bay Water

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Source: Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay Water, the regional supplier of drinking water for more than 2.5 million people, is suing chemical companies including DuPont and 3M over environmental contamination from flame retardants. “Motivated by billions of dollars in profits, the DuPont Defendants and 3M have intentionally withheld, suppressed, minimalized, diminished, marginalized, misrepresented, and obfuscated factual information in their…Read the article

2nd Circuit Says Hoosick Falls PI Claims Are Fair Game

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Source: Law360
The ruling affirms Judge Kahn’s 2017 decision to allow claims by residents of the Village of Hoosick Falls, New York, for damages related to medical monitoring to advance, as well as their personal injury, property damage, trespass and nuisance claims. The residents say they ingested PFOA-laced water as a result of contamination from one or…Read the article

NYLJ: Hoosick Falls Water Contamination Case Moves Forward

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Source: New York Law Journal
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Monday allowed residents of Hoosick Falls to proceed with a lawsuit alleging that Honeywell International Inc. and Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp. contaminated their water supply with toxic chemicals from a factory in the upstate New York town.Read the article

Law360 Quotes Hunter Shkolnik on Opioid Bellwethers

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Source: Law360
Big pharmacy chains on Tuesday objected to plans in the multidistrict opioid litigation to select a new bellwether case to test allegations of improper painkiller dispensing, saying another case in Northern Ohio federal court would be overkill. “It is obvious [the pharmacy defendants] will do or say anything to avoid judgment day,” Shkolnik said. “However,…Read the article