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Opioid MDL ‘Negotiation Class’ Wins Approval

U.S. District Judge Dan Polster of Cleveland certified a first-of-its-kind ‘negotiating class’ to promote global settlements with defendants in multidistrict litigation against opioid manufacturers, distributors and sellers. Despite opposition from nearly 40 state attorneys general and seven drug distributors and pharmacy chains, Judge Polster determined that the negotiating class is a “legitimate,” albeit novel procedure that “is more likely to promote global settlement than it is … to impede it.”

The judge’s opinion and accompanying order means that all cities and counties in the U.S. will receive notice that court-appointed plaintiffs’ lawyers will attempt to reach settlements with defendants on behalf of all local governments. 

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