A district judge has approved an $85 million settlement between Teva Pharmaceuticals and the state of Oklahoma over the drug maker’s alleged contributions to the opioid crisis.
The settlement was signed in an Oklahoma court on Monday. As part of the deal, Teva has agreed not to promote opioids in the state, and must provide assistance to law enforcement investigations surrounding the opioid crisis.
President Trump said he wouldn’t hesitate to nominate a Supreme Court justice in an election year. He made the statement in an interview to The Hill, saying he already has a list of potential nominees ready if a spot were to open up.
Kevin McAleenan is being called out by current and former Trump administration officials for possibly leaking plans of sweeping ICE raids to the Washington Post.
Over the weekend, sources told news outlets that the acting Department of Homeland Security secretary was against the operation, which would have picked up around 2,000 illegal migrants who have been processed for deportation.
The plan was reportedly in the works for months, but two weeks ago McAleenan apparently ordered new acting ICE Chief Mark Morgan to stand down and not move forward with the mission until President Trump himself ordered Morgan to proceed with the mass arrests. According to Fox News, sources claim McAleenan was opposed to the idea from the start and wanted to make sure the plan did not go forward.
As the Supreme Court’s term comes to a close, the justices are preparing to release the most highly anticipated decisions of the year. This coming week, the Supreme Court will issue rulings on twelve remaining cases, including two major decisions on and the 2020 Census citizenship question.
The two cases will determine the legality of redistricting practices ahead of the 2020 election. A Republican-drawn map from North Carolina in the Rucho v. Common Cause case and a Democrat-drawn map from Maryland in the Benisek v. Lamone case were both challenged on constitutionality, claiming the districts were sectioned off in an extremely partisan way.