Opioid Suits Are The New Tobacco Litigation, Atty Says

Law360, Chicago (December 6, 2017, 7:53 PM EST) -- The litigation coming out of the opioid crisis will rival the tobacco suits of the 1990s, Jay Edelson of plaintiffs firm Edelson PC told an audience during a Chicago City Club panel on the drugs and possible solutions to the epidemic of addiction.

Edelson, whose firm is pursuing several lawsuits against the drugs’ manufacturers on behalf of municipalities, self-insured businesses and labor unions, said he believes litigation will be the main way to stem the crisis’s growth. While the tobacco suits Edelson referred to were mainly driven by the states, this litigation will come from a wide variety of plaintiffs —...

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