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MDL Hearing Signals A New Phase For Opioid Suits

Law360, New York (December 1, 2017, 11:58 AM EST) -- On Nov. 30, 2017, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, through the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, heard argument from the parties in over 100 lawsuits filed by county and local governments seeking damages from pharmaceutical companies for the opioid epidemic. The plaintiffs who favor consolidation argued that the cases belong in Ohio, whereas the manufacturers argued for consolidation in Chicago or New York, and various distributors supported consolidation in West Virginia. Whether these cases get consolidated and, if so, in...
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