Firm Obtains Landmark Settlement: Federal Opioid Litigation

Napoli Shkolnik PLLC is happy to announce that our client Cuyahoga County, one of the bellwether plaintiffs in the National Opioid Litigation, has reached a landmark $260 million settlement against four of the key players responsible for the opioid epidemic.

This settlement, on behalf of our client Cuyahoga County, Ohio, as well as Summit County, Ohio, involves four out of five major defendants in the first opioid bellwether trial— the big three pharmaceutical distributors, McKesson, Cardinal and AmerisourceBergen Corp, and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries. The legal team looks forward to trying the case against the major pharmacy defendants, including Walgreen Boots Alliance, CVS, RiteAid, Walmart and other major pharmacies in the coming months.

Lead Trial Attorney for Cuyahoga County, Hunter J. Shkolnik, is appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in the In Re: National Prescription Opiate Litigation (MDL 2804).  “We are all committed to pursuing justice and achieving the best possible outcome for our clients,” says Mr. Shkolnik.

The team of experienced attorneys and support staff at Napoli Shkolnik PLLC included Partners Shayna E. Sacks, Salvatore C. Badala and Joseph L. Ciaccio along with Paul Napoli, Associates Maria Fleming and Syreeta DeFrance-Poindexter, and Paralegal Chelsea Thompson.

Napoli Shkolnik attorneys are also leading efforts in the New York State Coordinated Opioid Litigation where Paul Napoli serves as Co-Lead Counsel by appointment from Supreme Court Justice Jerry Garguilo. The next Opioid trial is scheduled to begin In New York Supreme Court Suffolk County on behalf of Nassau and Suffolk counties, in March,  where the attention of the country in dealing with this public nuisance will then be focused.

The opioid crisis has devastated cities, states and other municipalities as well as families and communities for far too long. Anyone would be hard pressed to find someone who has not been touched in some way by this epidemic, which affects all ages, genders and ethnicities. Its reach knows no boundaries.

The funding needed to provide the services needed to combat this crisis can be astronomical. The expenses incurred related to opioid addiction can include health care costs, criminal justice and victimization costs, social costs, lost productivity costs and more. The sheer size and complexity of the case is why many states and municipalities turned to Napoli Shkolnik PLLC.

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