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Opioid Lawyers Say Settlement May Hinge On Forcing Plaintiffs Into Class Action

September 27, 2018

Via: Forbes

A settlement binding all potential plaintiffs may be the only practical way of ending nearly 2,000 lawsuits against manufacturers, distributors and retailers of addictive opioid painkillers, said plaintiff lawyers attending a conference on opioid litigation this week.

Some 1,200 lawsuits are gathered in the court of U.S. District Judge Dan Aaron Polster in Ohio under federal rules on multidistrict litigation. Another 500 lawsuits are proceeding in state courts around the country, and President Trump has called for the federal government to join in with its own lawsuits.

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