Analysis

Tribes Insist On Being Heard In Noisy Opioid MDL

Law360 (May 18, 2018, 9:52 PM EDT) -- Native American tribes appear to have a receptive ear in the Ohio federal judge heading up the king-sized multidistrict litigation over the opioid epidemic, but it remains to be seen whether their unique concerns will be drowned out by other parties clamoring for a cut of what could be a massive potential settlement.

As tribes' suits against opioid manufacturers and distributors are increasingly being swept into the Ohio MDL, attorneys for tribes want to make sure that the tribes' distinctive characteristics — including many tribes' extensive funding through the federal Indian Health Service and the particularly harsh impact of the epidemic on rural tribes...

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