Law360 Quotes Hunter Shkolnik on Teva, NY Jury Verdict
June 21, 2022
Teva Pharmaceuticals on Friday said a jury verdict deeming it liable for opioid abuse in New York should be overturned because the state’s “public nuisance” theory would unleash a never-ending wave of litigation against companies that sell potentially harmful products like soda and SUVs.
But earlier this month, Suffolk County Supreme Court Justice Jerry Garguilo ruled that the slip-up was mitigated by the jurors’ studiousness and dedication to the case.
“Teva and its subsidiaries have been whining and crying and advancing these tired arguments over and over again. It’s simple, the jury saw the truth,” Nassau County counsel Hunter Shkolnik told Law360 on Monday. “The opioid epidemic was caused by Teva, and its lawyers failed to prove to the jury that the other players were at fault with them.”