Afternoon Briefs: Choose threatens to toss jail officers in sizzling cells; $37M award in child powder go well with

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Texas corrections chief testifies after decide threatens to lock up officers in sizzling prisons

Texas Division of Legal Justice Government Director Bryan Collier acknowledged in court docket Tuesday that the company had did not report jail temperatures in seven of eight prisons lined by a settlement in a go well with over stifling cell temperatures. Collier testified after U.S. District Choose Keith Ellison had threatened to lock up jail officers in sizzling cells as a sanction. The 2018 settlement required air con on the William Pack jail that housed the plaintiff inmate, and likewise required that the inmates be saved in air-conditioned services in the event that they had been moved to totally different prisons. Legal professionals for the prisoners say the air con broke down at one of many services the place prisoners had moved. There are 75 prisons within the state with out air con, and there are not any plans to report temperatures in these services. (The Texas Tribune)

Jurors award $37.3M to mesothelioma plaintiffs in child powder go well with

Jurors in New Jersey have awarded $37.three million to 4 most cancers victims and three spouses in a go well with alleging that Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder brought on mesothelioma. A separate trial is predicted to be held to contemplate punitive damages. Johnson & Johnson’s lawyer—Weil, Gotshal & Manges companion Diane Sullivan—had sought a mistrial within the case after the decide struck her total closing argument. A Johnson & Johnson spokesperson mentioned there have been “egregious authorized and evidentiary errors” within the trial, and its child powder doesn’t include asbestos and doesn’t trigger most cancers. Sullivan had argued that the most cancers declare was “lawsuit fiction.” (The New Jersey Regulation Journal, the Asbury Park Press, Regulation360)

2nd Circuit nominee declines to reply questions on work for Trump administration

Democrats and Republicans expressed frustration Wednesday when federal appeals nominee Steven Menashi, an affiliate White Home counsel, declined to reply questions on his work for the Trump administration. Democrats requested Menashi about his White Home work on immigration points, together with the kid separation coverage, and about his Schooling Division work on a coverage governing campus sexual assault investigations. Menashi, a former clerk for Supreme Court docket Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., is nominated to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court docket of Appeals at New York. (The Related Press, Politico, the Washington Put up)

Choose approves negotiation class in opioid litigation amid reviews of 1 tentative deal

A federal decide overseeing huge multidistrict opioid litigation has permitted an uncommon negotiation class representing the nations’ cities, cities and counties to attempt to obtain a worldwide settlement in opioid litigation. U.S. District Choose Dan Polster in Cleveland licensed the category amid reviews that one of many defendants, Purdue Pharma, a maker of OxyContin, reached a tentative deal valued at $10 billion to $12 billion to resolve a lot of the pending instances towards the corporate. (The Cincinnati Enquirer, Bloomberg, Regulation360, the New York Instances, the Washington Put up)