Pa. Judge Questions Standing For Health Fund In Opioid Case

Law360, Media, Pa. (September 5, 2019, 7:03 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania judge expressed skepticism during a hearing on Thursday over whether a health benefits fund had standing to bring claims against drugmakers and distributors in one of four test cases in a coordinated litigation program over costs borne from the opioid crisis.

Judge Barry Dozer told a roomful of attorneys during a hearing in Delaware County that he’d been “well persuaded” by arguments that claims over costs the Carpenters Health & Welfare Fund of Philadelphia and Vicinity incurred paying for needless opioid prescriptions and, later, for addiction treatment services were improperly derivative of injuries suffered by the fund’s members....

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