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Key Opioid Trials To Watch As Cases Heat Up Nationwide

By Jeff Overley and Emily Field

With the coronavirus crisis cooling down, a pressure cooker of opioid litigation is heating up with long-awaited trials across the country. Here, Law360 maps out the hottest cases and spotlights must-know details in trials that are underway or imminent.

Congress Should Step In To Solve The Opioid Crisis

By Peter Kelso and Kristen Knorn

Instead of relying on piecemeal litigation to solve the opioid crisis, Congress should utilize data to create a coordinated national solution that would distribute culpability between parties and then allocate funds to affected areas, say Peter Kelso and Kristen Knorn at Roux Associates.

Calif. Counties Battle Drugmakers' Bid To Nuke Opioid Trial

By Jeff Overley

Pharmaceutical companies are rehashing failed legal arguments and cherry-picking statistics in hopes of escaping a multibillion-dollar opioid crisis trial, California communities said Thursday, telling a state court judge there's "overwhelming evidence" of a drug abuse epidemic fueled by shady marketing practices.

AGs Back Bid To Close Sackler Family's Liability Loophole

By Brian Dowling

A bipartisan pair of attorneys general on Tuesday urged lawmakers to close a Bankruptcy Code loophole that could help members of the Sackler family avoid civil liability for their role in the opioid crisis through Purdue Pharma LP's bankruptcy case.

MSP Recovery's Opioid Claims Consolidated With Ohio MDL

By Hailey Konnath

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation said Monday that MSP Recovery's opioid suit against CVS belongs in Ohio federal court as part of multidistrict litigation there, declining to vacate an order conditionally transferring the action.

JPML Sends McKinsey Opioid Cases To New MDL

By Jeff Overley

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Monday created a new MDL in California federal court for a barrage of lawsuits over McKinsey & Co.'s role in prescription opioid marketing, keeping the cases out of the existing opioid MDL in Ohio federal court.


Expert Analysis

Peter Kelso
Congress Should Step In To Solve The Opioid Crisis

By Peter Kelso and Kristen Knorn

Instead of relying on piecemeal litigation to solve the opioid crisis, Congress should utilize data to create a coordinated national solution that would distribute culpability between parties and then allocate funds to affected areas, say Peter Kelso and Kristen Knorn at Roux Associates.

Adam Fleischer
Insurance Ruling Clarifies Excess Coverage For Opioid Suits

By Adam Fleischer

A Pennsylvania federal court's ruling this week in Giant Eagle v. American Guarantee Insurance, reversing an earlier finding that two excess insurers had duties to defend opioid injury suits, provides invaluable assurance to excess carriers that opioid defendants can’t use immense defense costs as a basis to leapfrog their primary coverage, says Adam Fleischer at BatesCarey.

Zachary Clopton
What Attorneys Should Know About State MDLs

By Zachary Clopton and Theodore Rave

Many state courts have their own systems for consolidating cases that both resemble and differ from federal multidistrict litigation, and practitioners should understand the advantages and disadvantages of state MDL procedures for particular litigation, say Zachary Clopton at Northwestern Law and Theodore Rave at University of Houston Law.

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What Attorneys Should Know About State MDLs
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