'Negotiation Class' May Tee Up Sweeping Deal In Opioid MDL

Law360 (June 14, 2019, 12:08 PM EDT) -- Local governments in the multidistrict opioid litigation on Friday launched an unusual effort to create a "negotiation class" of cities and counties that would seek a global settlement with drug companies accused of igniting a nationwide firestorm of addiction.

Approximately 40 local governments agreed Friday to create a class that would pursue a global settlement with drug companies accused of sparking the opioid crisis. In a motion for class certification, roughly 40 local governments — including the cities of Atlanta, Chicago and San Francisco — moved to establish a bloc of cities and counties that would pursue a deal with drug...

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