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Opioid MDL Judge Signals Support For ‘Negotiation Class’

U.S. District Judge Dan Polster expressed support for a novel plan by lawyers representing cities and counties suing drug companies over the U.S. opioid epidemic that would bring every community nationally into their settlement talks despite objections from most states.

During a hearing in Cleveland, Ohio, he said that while the idea was unprecedented, it could allow companies accused in nearly 2,000 lawsuits before him of fueling the epidemic an ability to obtain “global peace.”

The proposal calls for creating a class of up to 3,000 counties and 30,000 cities, towns and villages that could vote on whether to accept any settlement the plaintiffs reach with defendants in the opioid litigation.

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