October 15, 2020

Sixth Circuit Rejects Novel Negotiating Class in Opioid Settlements

The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit rejected Plaintiff’s novel negotiation class, a class that would have allowed for plaintiff local governments to settle as one and separate the settlement money based on a pre-determined formula. This ruling opened the door for new lawsuits against the drug distributors. If Plaintiff’s class had been granted it would have opted municipalities into the multidistrict litigation, and prevented cities and counties that didn’t opt out from suing after a settlement was reached.