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STATE OF VIRGINIA SUES TEVA PHARMACEUTICALS OVER OPIOIDS

Associated Press

Virginia’s attorney general filed a new lawsuit Thursday over the opioid crisis, even as the top government lawyers in some states are pushing to settle claims over powerful prescription painkillers. Mark Herring’s suit alleges that Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, which is part of an Israel-based company, and Cephalon, a drug company bought by Teva in 2011, misrepresented the benefits and risks of products that include fentanyl.

VaNews November 1, 2019



IMMIGRATION BATTLE PITS PRESENT, PAST VIRGINIA ATTORNEYS GENERAL

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

In a clash of two Virginia attorneys general — Mark Herring and his predecessor, Ken Cuccinelli — a federal judge has put on hold Cuccinelli’s bid to expand the grounds to deny visa renewals and requests for the “green cards” that open a path to citizenship.

VaNews October 15, 2019



VIRGINIA'S AG CONTINUES FIGHT FOR CLEAN AIR, CLIMATE CHANGE EFFORTS

WVEC

Attorney General Mark Herring stepped up to defend the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to protect clean air and limit greenhouse gas emissions. Herring said there have been recent concerns because the Trump Administration may not vigorously defend the authority in pending lawsuits brought by fossil fuel companies.

VaNews October 10, 2019



VIRGINIA AG SUPPORTS LEGALIZING RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA

By JEFF RAINES, VCU Capital News Service

Attorney General Mark Herring tweeted his support for the legalization of recreational marijuana in Virginia Tuesday night. “Virginians know we can do better. It’s time to move toward legal, regulated adult use,” Herring said in his retweet of a study that revealed more than half of Virginians agree with him.

VaNews October 3, 2019



VIRGINIA NEEDS TO LOOK AT HOW WE HANDLE EXPUNGING CONVICTIONS, HERRING SAYS

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

If Virginia were to decriminalize possession of marijuana, what ought we to do about keeping records of past convictions? For that matter, what about convictions for behavior Virginia once considered a crime -- like vagrancy or inter-racial marriage? How about grand larceny when a past conviction is for stealing $201, now that the threshold that turns theft into a felony is $500? It’s the question of expunging criminal records, and Attorney General Mark Herring thinks Virginia ought to make it an option in more cases than it does.

VaNews September 30, 2019



VA. ISN’T READY TO SETTLE WITH PURDUE — YET

By MECHELLE HANKERSON, Virginia Mercury

In recent weeks, several states have settled opioid lawsuits brought against Purdue Pharma. Virginia isn’t one them. Attorney General Mark Herring said in a release he won’t agree to a settlement until it’s in the “best interest of Virginians” and Purdue and the Sacklers “must face real, significant, personal accountability.”

VaNews September 24, 2019



VIRGINIA ATTORNEY GENERAL SAYS HABITUAL DRUNKARD LAW SHOULD NOT BE ENFORCED

By FRANK GREEN, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has issued an opinion that commonwealth’s attorneys may no longer seek to have someone declared as a “habitual drunkard” and bar them from possessing alcohol. The opinion stems from a 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in July

VaNews September 23, 2019



VIRGINIA ATTORNEY GENERAL SAYS COUPLES DO NOT NEED TO GIVE RACE INFORMATION FOR MARRIAGE LICENSES

By FRANK GREEN, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has concluded that while circuit court clerks must ask people seeking a marriage license their race, it does not require they have to answer the question in order to obtain a license. As a result, the Division of Vital Records has revised the marriage certificate form so it is clear that applicants for a marriage license can decline to answer the question about race. Clerks were notified by the Virginia Supreme Court’s Office of the Executive Secretary late Friday in an email made available to the Richmond Times-Dispatch by a clerk.

VaNews September 16, 2019



VIRGINIA OPTS OUT AS PURDUE PHARMA REACHES TENTATIVE SETTLEMENT IN OPIOID LAWSUITS

By AARON DAVIS, LENNY BERNSTEIN, JOEL ACHENBACH AND SCOTT HIGHAM, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Purdue Pharma, manufacturer of the painkiller OxyContin, has reached a tentative settlement with 22 states and more than 2,000 localities that sued the company over its role in the opioid crisis of the past two decades, people close to the deal said Wednesday. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring on Wednesday morning announced that he had added the Sackler family — owners of Purdue Pharma — to the state’s lawsuit. In a statement Wednesday evening, Herring said that he hadn’t agreed to the settlement and “won’t unless and until I am sure it is in the best interest of Virginians.”

VaNews September 12, 2019



HERRING SUES SACKLERS FOR ROLE IN OPIOID EPIDEMIC

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is suing four members of the Sackler family, owners of Purdue Pharma, for their personal roles in promoting the opioid epidemic. The suit also alleges they fraudulently took billions of dollars from the company to keep it out of reach of the state, which has been seeking damages from the company to compensate for the cost of coping with the addiction and death caused by opioids.

VaNews September 12, 2019