Kealey Bultena / SDPB

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley is filing a lawsuit against three pharmaceutical companies alleging they misrepresented the effect of opioid painkillers.

The lawsuit alleges these companies took steps to conceal those risks.

Attorney General Jackley says many South Dakotans, both patients and doctors, relied on information provided by these opioid manufacturers.

So the state of South Dakota has filed a civil suit against Purdue Pharma, Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Endo Health Solutions.

SD Secretary of State

Secretary of State Shantel Krebs says she supports creating a state government ethics commission.
Voters approved an ethics commission in November at the ballot box, along with other reforms that make up Initiated Measure 22. Lawmakers are currently challenging the measure in court.

 Krebs says she’s already drafted legislation establishing a state ethics commission for lawmakers to consider.

SDPB political reporter Lee Strubinger joins Dakota Midday to provide an update on the lawsuit over Initiated Measure 22. He discusses the controversy, the allegations and the will of South Dakota voters.

Jenifer Jones / SDPB

A new perspective on education funding is working its way through the State Capitol, but some say it’s an uphill battle. This year Governor Dennis Daugaard is proposing an overhaul of the way the state funds education. His plan includes a half-penny increase in the sales tax and a change in the way schools get funding. The plan requires two-thirds of the state’s lawmakers to approve a tax increase in an election year.

South Dakota Is Party To Multiple Lawsuits Against The EPA

Dec 17, 2015
Kealey Bultena / SDPB

South Dakota is now suing the EPA over implementation of the Clean Water Act.    

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says  federal officials are overstepping their authority in regulating how South Dakota uses its water.

This is one in a number of multi state lawsuits the state has currently signed on against the EPA.

Jackley Joins Suit Against EPA Over CO2

Oct 26, 2015
Charles Michael Ray

South Dakota has signed on to a multiple state lawsuit against the EPA over attempts to limit CO2 emissions.

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says the EPA’s move hurts the state’s economy by increasing energy prices and reducing jobs.

But many scientists worry that industrialized nations need to go even further to reduce greenhouse gasses, they cite a disjunct between well-established research and policy.

Settlement Aims To Fix 25 Years Of Tribal Funding Shortfalls

Sep 17, 2015
Antonia Gonzales / National Native News

The federal government is offering a $940-million dollar settlement in a decades long case over federal contracts with tribes.
The class action lawsuit that began in 1990 alleges the feds shortchanged tribes in contracts for items like law enforcement, road maintenance, forest management, housing, and education.
The Oglala Sioux Tribe on Pine Ridge brought the initial suit.  Tribal officials allege that for years the feds would promise to cover costs for approved projects, then not come through with full payments.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Officials with the City of Sioux Falls are suing a contractor over outside panels on the newly-constructed events center. The Denny Sanford PREMIER Center opened one year ago, and metal siding showed rippling not long after. Leaders say they tried to settle with contractors, but now they turn to the courts to resolve the problem.

City Attorney Dave Pfeifle says contract documents between construction companies and the city of Sioux Falls allowed stakeholders to negotiate a fix for bulging metal siding on the new events center.

Scammers Threaten IRS Lawsuit In Automated Calls

Jun 1, 2015

The South Dakota Attorney General is warning some South Dakotans are receiving automated calls that claim they are being sued by the IRS.

The calls are a scam and an attempt to get more information.   You can hear an example of a call from a scammer in the story below.

The  hotline to call if you have questions about a possible scam or if you've been a victim of a scammer in South Dakota is 1-800-300-1986.

Federal Court Keeps COOL Rules In Place

Jul 30, 2014
Charles Michael Ray

A federal appeals court has ruled that consumers who want to know where their meat comes from will continue to see country of origin labels in the supermarket.

You can hear the story by clicking the play button below.  

Group Of 200+ Suing Corps Of Engineers

Mar 6, 2014

A group of more than 200 farmers and business owners along the Missouri River have filed a lawsuit against the U.S.

Boarding School Lawsuit Bill Dies

Feb 27, 2014

A bill that intended to allow alleged victims of sexual and physical abuse in Indian boarding schools to continue litigation failed in the State Senate Judiciary Committee.
In 2010 the state legislature extended the statute of limitations on sex abuse cases . Alleged victims claim the measure ended up throwing out on-going cases against the church, robbing them of their day in court.
Opponents claim the bill is poorly written and will not do what is intended.

BPI vs. ABC News

Sep 13, 2012

A Dakota Dunes beef processing company is suing ABC News over reports that aired this spring about the company’s Lean, Finely-Textured Beef.  Attorney Dan Webb filed the lawsuit in Union County Circuit Court Thursday morning, on behalf of Beef Products, Incorporated.  Webb says ABC referred to the beef product as “pink slime.”