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Plain Talk: Defense Attorney Says a North Dakota Drug Testing Law Is Unconstitutional

Plain Talk: Defense Attorney Says a North Dakota Drug Testing Law Is Unconstitutional

The state Legislature requires some drug defendants to be drug tested while out on bail and awaiting trial, but this requirement has become a real problem. Defense attorney Mark Friese of the Vogel Law Firm spoke about it on this episode of Plain Talk. Some defendants can’t afford the testing, Friese said, and end up

Wayne Stenehjem, during a stop in Fargo on May 19, 2016. Dave Wallis / Forum News Service file photo

North Dakota’s Lawsuit Against the Opioid Industry Got Tossed and That’s Probably a Good Thing

I’m not convinced that the State of North Dakota should be successful in its lawsuit against the opioid industry. Clearly a district court judge feels the same way. Yesterday Judge James Hill of Burleigh County tossed North Dakota’s suit against Purdue Pharma. In that suit, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem accused the company of engaging in “an

Print Column: Public Must Keep a Sharp Eye on Relationship Between Local Politicians, Opioid Lawyers

MINOT, N.D. — More and more local governments in North Dakota are deciding to join themselves to lawsuits against the opioid industry over the objections of Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. Stenehjem joined North Dakota with several other states in a lawsuit against Oxycontin manufacturer Purdue Pharma, and has warned local governments that joining separate suits

Print Column: Heitkamp’s Unseemly Relationship With Tobacco Litigators Should Be a Cautionary Tale for Opioid Lawsuits

MINOT, N.D.—The state of North Dakota has, thanks to Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, joined a lawsuit against the opioid industry that’s reminiscent of the litigation backed by the states against the tobacco industry decades ago. Local governments are also considering filing their own suits independent of our state government. The political leadership in Cass County

Rep. Kevin Cramer: Opioid Crisis a Great Equalizer in Its Devastation

This guest post was submitted by Republican Congressman Kevin Cramer who is currently campaigning for the U.S. Senate. Our nation is in the midst of the deadliest drug crisis in its history. The nearly 64,000 opioid overdose deaths in 2016 are fast approaching the 88,000 killed by alcohol each year. And, like alcohol, the opioid crisis

Podcast: Stenhejem Talks Opioids Lawsuit, Line 3 Supporter Talks Pipeline, Cramer Takes Calls

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem joined me on the radio show to discuss the lawsuit he’s filed on behalf of the State of North Dakota against Purdue Pharma, the company which introduced America to Oxycontin. Stenehjem contends that the company committed “consumer fraud” in lying about how addictive the drug is, among other things. He said

Isn’t Suing Drug Companies Over Opioid Addiction a Bit Like Blaming McDonald’s for Making You Fat?

The opioid epidemic is very real, and very ugly, both here in North Dakota and nationally. But does a lawsuit looking to hold the pharmaceutical industry responsible for drug addiction make sense? This from the Bismarck Tribune: Three Native American tribes from the Dakotas filed a federal lawsuit on Monday against major opioid manufacturers and

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