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September 30, 2014

In The News Today – September 30, 2014

The West Virginia Supreme Court announced that justices will no longer deliver “pur curiam”, or unsigned, opinions. Chief Justice Robin Davis issued an opinion this week that “every opinion now delivered by the court will include the name of the justice who authored it. Davis’ opinion notes that the unsigned decisions have been criticized as, “a misused practice that is at odds with the individualized nature of the American common law system, frustrating efforts to hold individual judges accountable and inhibiting development of the law.” (Charleston Gazette)

A lawsuit by the city of Chicago against manufacturers of prescription painkillers “could face hurdles in court”, according to an Associated Press analysis. “It’s brought against a number of different companies in the same industry alleging that what they’ve done is somehow committed fraud on the public by infecting the world of medical thinking,” said Fordham University law professor Benjamin Zipursky. That “sweeping approach could be difficult to support in court.” (Associated Press)

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