OA311: Opioids Are A Nuisance!

Today’s episode takes an in-depth look at the recent landmark trial ruling in Oklahoma that the opioid epidemic constitutes a “public nuisance” in that state, and that Johnson & Johnson must pay $572 million to abate it. What do all of those crazy legal words mean? Is this a “good” result or a “bad” one? What’s next? Listen and find out!

We begin, however, with — at long last! — the in-depth discussion of the shameful history of the Mann Act in the United States as a way of answering why Jeffrey Epstein wasn’t charged with offenses under it. Along the way, you’ll learn about the worst guy’s weekend ever!

Then, it’s time for the main segment about the public nuisance trial in Oklahoma that resulted in a landmark first-of-its-kind verdict. Find out what that means for future lawsuits and so much more.

After all that, it’s time for a quick follow-up on the Sheldon Whitehouse brief and some statistical analysis… as well as a call for more stats geekery from our highly-educated fans!

And finally, we end the show with #T3BE 142 involving Not Taking Legal Advice From Your Tenant. Did Thomas finally manage to break the streak? Listen and find out!


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Show Notes & Links

  1. On Epstein: you can read his (now-dismissed) SDNY indictment, as well as the news of its dismissal.
  2. On the Mann Act, 18 U.S.C § 2421 et seq.; you’ll also want to check out the case we discussed, Caminetti v. U.S., 242 U.S. 470 (1917).
  3. We first discussed the Oklahoma trial in Episode 292, and you can read the judge’s trial verdict here.

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