Opioid MDL 'Negotiation Class' Wins Approval

By Jeff Overley (September 11, 2019, 5:39 PM EDT) -- In a possible turning point for a wave of opioid-crisis lawsuits, an Ohio federal judge on Wednesday approved a novel "negotiation class" that could encompass every U.S. city and county in hopes of striking global settlements with pharmaceutical companies.

The thumbs-up by U.S. District Judge Dan Aaron Polster in the multidistrict opioid litigation clears the way for drug manufacturers, distributors and pharmacies to pursue sweeping deals with more than 30,000 local governments over liability for an addiction epidemic that has wreaked havoc from coast to coast.

Judge Polster noted Wednesday that some state attorneys general have opposed the concept based on...

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