Policing for the Opioid Crisis: Cities and Counties Sue Pharma for Public Safety Costs

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average of 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. Now, approximately 2,000 lawsuits from state and local governments have been filed against pharmaceutical companies such as Purdue Pharma (who introduced OxyContin in the 1990s), Teva Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson, Endo Health Solutions, Insys…

The Fight To Ban Facial Recognition Technology In Connection With Body Cams

Facial recognition technology has been around since the 1960s, and it is the current focus of California Assembly Member Phil Ting’s proposed assembly bill – The Body Camera Accountability Act (AB 1215). AB 1215, if enacted, would prohibit law enforcement agencies from using facial recognition technology in connection with a body camera. While civil rights…

First Amendment Case Involving Prisoner Complaint with Veiled Threats Won’t Be Reviewed by Supreme Court Over Strong Objection by Three Justices

Does the First Amendment require a prison to entertain a prisoner grievance that contains veiled threats to kill or injure a guard?  This is the question that Justices Alito, Thomas, and Kavanaugh believe should be answered by the Supreme Court. However, over their objection, on May 13, 2019, the remaining Justices refused certiorari in Dahne…

Burke Has a New San Diego Location!

Burke is pleased to announce the opening of a San Diego office. With the continued growth and expansion of our firm across the state, this new location will help us better serve our clients. Burke’s expansion into San Diego, which creates its 10th office, underscores the firm’s consistent methodical growth in top economic and employment…

Can White Supremacists Demand Kosher Meals in Prison?

Courts Crack Down on “Creativity” Religion’s Creative Requests Background Regarding Creativity There are inmates across the country who claim to be part of “The Church of the Creator,” which they say “embraces and espouses the religion of Creativity.”  These inmates claim the “overriding mission of the Church and the Creativity religion is the permanent prevention…