JPML Ships Opioid Bellwethers Over Drug Co. Protests

Law360 (February 5, 2020, 10:04 PM EST) -- The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Wednesday moved opioid-crisis cases involving San Francisco and a major Native American tribe to federal courts in California and Oklahoma, rejecting strident objections from drug companies and teeing up dramatic bellwether trials.

The JPML's remand order shipped a case brought by the city and county of San Francisco to California federal court and a case brought by the Cherokee Nation to Oklahoma federal court. In its order, the JPML acknowledged potential "practical concerns" with the bellwether cases, but it ultimately accepted the remand recommendations of U.S. District Judge Dan Aaron Polster, who presides over a...

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