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June 17, 2019

Opioid MDL plaintiffs propose creating Negotiating Class to ease settlement of current, potential future cases

UPDATE: On July 9, 2019, the PEC filed an Amended Motion for Class Certification. Read the amended filing.


A proposed “Negotiating Class” of municipalities, including cities, counties, towns parishes, villages and boroughs, would help thousands of communities that are struggling with the effects of the opioid crisis function as a cohesive group for the sole purpose of negotiating a settlement with opioid defendants, plaintiffs in the National Prescription Opiate Multidistrict Litigation stated in a filing presented June 14, 2019 to U.S. District Judge Dan Polster.

Such a proposed Class has never been created before in this context, but doing so would expedite the litigation process by allowing both plaintiff and non-plaintiff jurisdictions to engage in settlement talks with defendants as one collective voice, thereby clearing the way for opioid defendants to reach a deal that would resolve the bulk of current and potential future cases at one time.

Judge Polster, is expected to rule on the proposed Class on a later date.

Read more on the proposed Negotiating Class in a blog written by Motley Rice co-founder Joe Rice, who is co-lead of the national MDL and chair of the negotiating committee.

Read the Plaintiff’s Executive Committee’s announcement of the proposal.