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    Boston to Sue Drug Makers in Opioid Epidemic

    The city of Boston has retained a South Carolina law firm in anticipation of a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies to recover damages stemming from the opioid epidemic, Mayor Marty Walsh announced Tuesday.

    (Published Tuesday, June 19, 2018)

    The city of Boston has retained a South Carolina law firm in anticipation of a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies to recover damages stemming from the opioid epidemic, Mayor Marty Walsh announced Tuesday.

    Motley Rice LLC was selected after Boston heard from nine firms interested in representing the city following a request for information issued in February.

    Motley Rice will immediately begin to gather relevant information with the intent of filing suit by the fall.

    "Boston, like so many cities across the country, has invested significant time, money and resources to aggressively attack the opioid crisis from every angle," the Democratic mayor said in a statement. "Now is the time to finally hold the pharmaceutical industry responsible."

    Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    [NATL] Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    A would-be robber armed with a knife had a surprise in store when an Alabama store clerk pulled out a machete in defense. The two's brief knife fight was caught on camera before the clerk runs out to damage the robber's car.

    According to police, suspect Seth Holcomb walked up to the counter to make a purchase. He leaves the store and then comes back in as if to make a second purchase. Then, he pulled out a knife at the counter. What he didn't expect was that the clerk would pull out a machete of his own.

    (Published 2 hours ago)

    The firm already represents many local governments in actions against opioid manufacturers and distributors, including Chicago, Santa Clara County, California, and seven states.

    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey's office last week sued Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, alleging the Connecticut company downplayed the prescription painkiller's risks.

    Purdue said it "vigorously" denies the allegations.

    YouTube Mom Accused of Abusing Foster Kids for Clicks

    [NATL] YouTube Mom Accused of Abusing Foster Kids for Clicks

    Machelle Hackney of Maricopa, Arizona, is accused of forcing her adopted children to participate in her YouTube channel and abusing them if they did not recall their lines or perform as directed. Hackney's channel had accrued hundreds of millions of views since she joined in 2012.

    (Published 3 hours ago)

    Massachusetts is among roughly two dozen states, including Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee and Texas, that have filed suit against drugmakers recently. Counties, municipalities and even hospitals have filed similar lawsuits.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 115 people a day die from an opioid overdose on average.


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