Opioid Settlements Stymied By Atty Fee Demands, AGs Say

Law360 (October 20, 2020, 10:38 PM EDT) -- Massive fee demands from plaintiffs attorneys in multidistrict opioid litigation are the main reason settlements haven't been finalized with major drug companies in a broader wave of opioid cases, two state attorneys general said Tuesday, a provocative claim that drew a fast and fiery backlash.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, a lead negotiator in efforts to resolve thousands of opioid-crisis lawsuits, was the first AG to deliver the bare-knuckle assertion. He did so during a Tuesday speech in Dauphin County — home to the Keystone State's capital city of Harrisburg — about an addiction-treatment initiative.

"If the private attorneys involved in...

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