Jake and Blake are twins growing up in Oakley and they did everything
together. The first time they were separated was when Jake went to
college and Blake stayed in Oakely. A few days before Jake's
graduation, he gets the worst phone call: Blake died from a drug
overdose. Even though Oakley is notorious for an opioid epidemic, Jake
doesn't believe his brother would ever turn to drugs.
Back in Oakley, Jake wants to take down the drug pushers. He runs into
his brother's high school girlfriend, Anna, who is a drug addict. Jake
always had feelings for Anna, but he never pursued anything because
she was with his brother. He is saddened to see that her life has been
affected by drugs as well.
Jake knows in order to fight this epidemic, he must get a strong law
firm to help him out. He contacts two firms and begins working with
Deke and Paul. Together, they go after the pharmaceutical industry. But
while they are checking out a factory, Jake is kidnapped. While he's in
captivity, the food he's given is laced with drugs and soon he's
addicted, too. He's able to escape, but will he be able to kick this
dangerous addiction? When their day in court finally
arrives, will Jake
and his lawyers be able to win this case? Will his brother's death be
avenged and can they prevent more opioid deaths? Only the judge will
be able to answer that question...
Mike Papantonio's LAW AND
ADDICTION is a great story. Unfortunately, the problems in this
book are still going on in America. Papantonio has some great insights
as to what is going on today. It is very depressing to know that people
are losing their loved ones because of drug addiction. Papantonio
writes about how this can affect a member of the family when someone
dies. This story shows just how drugs not only kill the addict but also
causes heartache for the family.
One week before JAKE RUTLEDGE is scheduled to graduate from
law school, he receives the devastating news of the death of
his fraternal twin BLAKE. What makes this death even more
terrible for Jake is that his brother died of a drug
overdose. Until hearing of his death, Jake had no idea his
brother was even using drugs.
When Jake returns home to Oakley, West Virginia, he takes a
hard look at the circumstances of his brother’s death. In
the five years Jake has been away at his schooling, his
hometown has drastically changed. Because of the opioid
epidemic, and the blight it has brought, many now call
Oakley “Zombieland.” Jake can see how his town’s demise
parallels his brother’s.
Undeterred, the newly minted lawyer takes on the entrenched
powers by filing two lawsuits. Jake quickly learns what
happens when you upset a hornets nest. Realizing that he’s
in over his head, Jake is able to enlist West Virginia
lawyer PAUL VOGEL to help him. Jake defeats the opposition’s
high powered lawyers and their Motion to Dismiss, but knows
he’ll need the resources of a lawyer and firm that “won’t
blink.” The young lawyer might be wet behind the ears, but
is sure there is no lawyer that could help him more than
NICK “DEKE” DEKETOMIS and his law firm of Bergman/Deketomis.
Deke is a legendary lawyer; when he was Jake’s age he was
making his name fighting Big Tobacco. Against all odds, Jake
gets Nick and his firm to sign on to his case before it’s
Mike Papantonio, a member of the Trail Lawyers Hall of Fame,
knows the ins and outs of the courtroom better than anyone.
Law and Addiction is a big book, inhabited by the kinds of
characters Papantonio has come to know well. In a setting of
despair, it is a book of hope, with the little guy along
with truth and justice prevailing.