Saturday State News Briefs: Supreme Court upholds judgement against drug companyWisconsin News
-- The charges were first filed eight years ago by former Wisconsin Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager. Friday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the damages awarded in the lawsuit against the prescription drug company Pharmacia, Incorporated.
MADISON - The charges were first filed eight years ago by former Wisconsin Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager. Friday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the damages awarded in the lawsuit against the prescription drug company Pharmacia, Incorporated.
Pharmacia and 35 other companies had been accused of inflating drug prices. It was the first company to have its case go to trial. Of the 36 companies originally sued, 10 have already settled.
Milwaukee County has made deep spending cuts and shifted a lot of pension and health care costs onto its workers. Despite that, the county still faces a projected 28 million dollar shortfall next year, which could grow to 92 million in the next five years. County number crunchers say the deficit is causing by growing health care costs, a continued heavy burden from the pension and the expectation of no additional state or federal aid. Some county officials are talking about a tax increase – sales or property – but that isn’t on the way for next year, yet.
The Dane County Medical Examiner’s office identifies the man who died in a Madison house fire as Anthony Hogenson. That fire started at about 3:30 a.m. in an historic home on Sommers Avenue which had been converted into apartments. The fire started in the victim’s living room on the second floor. A thermal imaging device was used to find him. The 36 year old Hogenson was taken to an area hospital where he died. Fire officials says smoke alarms in the building were working, allowing four of people in the building to get out safely.
No rain and hot temperatures are being blamed for fish kills in southern Wisconsin. The Department of Natural Resources says the weather pattern has created low oxygen levels in the water. Four areas have recorded fish kills so far. One was on the Yahara River, past lake Kegonsa. A Dodge County incident left two thousand fish dead. The DNR asks anyone who spot a fish kill to call the tip line at 800-847-93-67.
Former Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz will have to prove his suitability to practice law before his license is restored. Kratz pleaded no contest last week to a half-dozen disciplinary charges. He asked for a lesser punishment during a Tuesday hearing. It could be several months before the Wisconsin Supreme Court rules on sanctions for Kratz. He first got in trouble for sending sexually suggestive text messages to a domestic violence victim while he was prosecuting her ex-boyfriend.