“If you over-supply, people will die.” What We’ve Learned from the Oklahoma Opioid Trial

by Ryan Banfill, FJA Communications Director Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter accused Johnson & Johnson of helping to create the “worst man-made public health crisis in the history of our state and country.” That’s what he said to a packed Norman, Oklahoma courtroom during opening arguments in the state’s action against Johnson & Johnson and Jansen Pharmaceuticals. The trial began on…

Study: America Is On Drugs

by Alyssa Davenport, FJA Communications Coordinator If it seems like everyone around you is on drugs, it’s probably because they are. A recent study done by the National Center for Health Statistics shows that nearly half of all Americans have taken a prescription drug in the last 30 days. The study also found that the…

Your Driver Has a Shorter Attention Span than a Goldfish. Do You Hand Them the Keys?

by Alyssa Davenport, FJA Communications Coordinator There’s a problem on Florida’s roads. In 2018, according to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (HSMV), there were 1,671 citations given by law enforcement for distracted driving. In 2015, 3,242 people died in 885,000 distraction-related crashes. Among those crashes, 69,000 were tied to cell phone use,…

The Emergence of E-Cigarettes as a Popular Product Among Youth is Ringing Alarms Among Public Health Leaders, Researchers, and Parents

by Alyssa Davenport, FJA Communications Coordinator There’s an alarming resurgence of nicotine addiction among youth. E-cigarettes (namely Juul Lab’s product ‘Juuls’) are becoming a concern for parents, educators, and lawmakers due to their addictive nature and sly marketing techniques. Juuls are slim, pocket-sized devices that resemble USB flash drives but deliver a powerful punch of…

How Conservative is the Big Insurance Push for State Government Control of Attorneys’ Fees?

By Ryan Banfill FJA Communications Director When President Richard Nixon enacted wage and price controls in the early 1970s, iconic conservative economist Milton Friedman cautioned that the policy would spur inflation despite creating the illusion of price stability. Friedman – who won a 1987 federal case seeking plaintiff’s attorneys’ fees – was right. Now, insurers…

Post-Joerg Florida: How to Stop the Defense From Slashing the Boardable Specials of Plaintiffs Who Are Medicaid or Medicare Beneficiaries

1By: Fay O. Pappas Consider this hypothetical: A. You represent a Medicaid beneficiary for serious personal injuries (for demonstration purposes, let’s pretend it’s a cervical discectomy at C6-C7 with a couple of nights at a local hospital, preceded by a round of steroid injections and other failed conservative measures). B. Thus, your client’s gross medical…