New MDL Needed For 'Opioid Babies,' Attys Say

Law360 (September 20, 2018, 10:14 PM EDT) -- Attorneys for “opioid babies” whose mothers used prescription narcotics argued on Thursday for new multidistrict litigation focused on the infants, citing “grave concerns” that an existing MDL over the opioid crisis is woefully deficient.

In their bid for a new MDL, the attorneys directed veiled criticism at fellow plaintiffs’ attorneys and U.S. District Judge Dan Aaron Polster, who have rejected calls for a special litigation track in the current MDL for babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome.

“Absent transfer to a separate MDL, the opioid-dependent infants’ unique interests will remain unprotected and these innocent young victims risk losing the opportunity to...

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