Console & Hollawell attorney Richard Hollawell had a tough case to make when he stood before Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Frederica Massiah-Jackson in an effort to convince her that the maker of a powerful fentanyl painkiller should be held liable for his client’s opiate-related death.

Hollawell, who came before the judge last month to argue against preliminary objections in the case Caltagirone v. Cephalon, began his arguments by putting the entire opiate-related pharmaceutical industry on trial, saying that his client, who started out with a prescription for the fentanyl lollipop Actiq and eventually died from a methadone overdose, had become addicted because of Cephalon’s far-too-aggressive marketing tactics.

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