OA315: North Carolina & Brexit

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In this week’s Deep Dive Tuesday, we take a look at two crazy stories — one from last week, and one from… 2016. Yes, it’s time for OA finally to tackle the mess that is Brexit now that we have various court rulings around the concept of “prorogation.” What the hell is that? Listen and find out! And, as a bonus, we’ll also talk about the craziest story out of North Carolina — and believe us, that title has a lot of contenders!

We begin, however, with a brief update on the settlement reached with Purdue Pharma in the Ohio MDL that we discussed in Episode 311. Hint: Andrew was definitely right about this one!

Then, it’s time for an absolutely bonkers story involving state legislators in North Carolina tricking Democrats into celebrating a 9/11 memorial… so that they could have a stealth session to override a gubernatorial veto. Did that really happen??!? (Yes.) How?!? And what happens next? Listen and find out!

After that, it’s time for the OA explainer on Brexit just in time for today’s UK Supreme Court oral argument. Find out what court said what and how that all interacts!

Then, it’s time for #T3BE. Can Thomas stop a show-worst six-question losing streak? With a real property question??!? Listen and find out!

Appearances

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Show Notes & Links

  1. We discussed a potential Purdue Pharma settlement in Episode 311; you can read media coverage of that reported settlement here.
  2. This is Section 22 of the North Carolina Constitution that allowed this crazy gamesmanship regarding the veto.
  3. Finally, click here to read the Scottish Court of Session decision regarding Brexit and proroguing.

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Transcript of Opening Arguments Episode 311 – Opioids are a Nuisance!

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Topics of Discussion:

[Show Introduction]

Thomas:           Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments this is episode 311, ooh, 3-1-1, is that something?  Or am I thinking of 4-11? [Laughs]  

Andrew:          Yeah, all the things that end in 11 I think are actual.  3-1-1 is that non-emergency police?  I don’t know.

Thomas:           Oh, maybe that’s it, yeah.  Well that’s good for this, this is a non-emergency but still very important!

Andrew:          Yeah! [Laughs]  

Thomas:           I’ve taken my opioid.

Andrew:          This is a 3-11 episode, there we go!

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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!

Appearances

None! If you’d like to have either of us as a guest on your show, drop us an email at openarguments@gmail.com.

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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