Opioid MDL Judge Orders More Briefing On $3B Atty Fees

Law360 (June 3, 2020, 9:31 PM EDT) -- An Ohio federal judge overseeing sprawling opioid multidistrict litigation adopted the recommendation of a Harvard Law School professor that more information is needed before he can approve a request for a common benefit fund setting aside $3.3 billion in attorney fees.

U.S. District Judge Dan Aaron Polster ordered more briefing Wednesday following a report from William B. Rubenstein, the professor who was brought in to assess the plaintiffs' request. The judge issued a set of questions based on the report to the plaintiffs and other interested parties.

Rubenstein told the court in his report Wednesday that the MDL's "truly unique" structure...

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