ALL THE WAY? O’Melveny is defending Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals as they are set to face off this morning against lawyers for the state of Oklahoma in the first opioid epidemic case to go to trial. J&J is the only pharmaceutical company left standing after Oklahoma AG Mike Hunter on Sunday announced that Teva Pharmaceuticals agreed to pay $85 million to settle allegations that it helped fuel the state’s opioid epidemic. Teva was represented by Morgan Lewis, according to court papers. In March, OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma represented by Dechert settled for $270 million.
PAIN POINTS - Practicing law is exhausting. The competitive nature of the work means lawyers are sleep-deprived, tied to their devices at all hours. As part of Law.com’s Minds Over Matters project, Lizzy McLellan reports on how being constantly on call is leading to lawyer burnout and other mental health challenges. Her report is part of a series this week examining the pain points of the profession that contribute to lawyer anxiety, depression and addiction.
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