Tribes Get Tentative Green Light In Opioid MDL

Law360 (April 2, 2019, 6:47 PM EDT) -- The majority of the claims brought by the Blackfeet Tribe and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation in the opioid multidistrict litigation should be allowed to move forward, a federal magistrate judge has said.

U.S. Magistrate Judge David A. Ruiz issued two reports Monday recommending trimming the tribes' claims against drug manufacturers, distributors and pharmacies, but concluded that the bulk of their suits should withstand defense motions to dismiss, leaving claims alleging Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act violations, negligence and nuisance in play.

The tribes accuse the manufacturer defendants, which include Purdue Pharma and Endo Pharmaceuticals along with generic drug companies such...

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