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Hunter J. Shkolnik

Hunter J. Shkolnik concentrates his area of practice to the trial of significant personal injury cases primarily in the area of drug, automobile, heavy truck, and aviation-related product liability actions. As an esteemed attorney, he leads the discovery and trial teams of various mass tort pharmaceutical and medical device litigations for Napoli Shkolnik PLLC.

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Partner and Attorney Hunter J. Shkolnik

Hunter J. Shkolnik is an esteemed and dedicated attorney who focuses on the trials of significant personal injury cases, primarily in the area of drug, automobile, aviation-related, and heavy truck product liability litigation.

He leads the discovery and trial teams of various mass tort pharmaceutical and medical device litigations for the Napoli Shkolnik PLLC law firm. He is also active in managing national litigation and plaintiff litigation groups including the American Association of Justice’s Actos Litigation Group.

He is currently serving as a chairman, leader, or court-appointed representative on Plaintiff Steering Committees in various drug and other mass torts. Additionally, Mr. Shkolnik has also held officer positions in the New York State Trial Lawyers, Nassau County Bar Association and Committee Chair positions in ATLA Health Care Finance Litigation Group, Orthopedic Implant Litigation Group, AAJ Breast Cancer Litigation Group, Co-Chair AAJ Heart Device Litigation Group, and the Chair of the Medtronic ICD and CRTD Litigation Sub Group.

Mr. Shkolnik has also lectured and organized seminars on issues involving Guidant, Medtronic, and St. Jude pacemakers; ICD and lead wire recall science and litigation; cardiac device product liability litigation; class action topics such as Ethics of Mass Tort Settlements, Lone Pine, State Federal Coordination and Preemption; and has — on multiple occasions — lectured on the science related to various pharmaceuticals.

He is a legal and political news analyst with extensive experience in areas such as civil and criminal law as well as election-related issues.

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • New Jersey
  • United States District Court, District of New Jersey
  • United States Supreme Court

Awards and Honors

Professional affiliations

  • American Association of Justice (AAJ), PFC Water Contamination Group, Co-Chair
  • American Association of Justice (AAJ), The Actos Bladder Cancer Litigation Group, Co-Chair
  • American Association of Justice (AAJ), Past Vice-Chairman, Healthcare Finance Litigation Group
  • American Association of Justice (AAJ) Health Orthopedic Implant Litigation Group, Past Vice-Chairman, Science Committee Director
  • American Association of Justice (AAJ), Past Chairman, Health Breast Cancer Litigation Group
  • American Association of Justice (AAJ), Co-Chair, Health Heart Device Litigation Group
  • Law360’s 2020 Editorial Advisory Boards: Trials
  • Law360’s 2021 Product Liability Advisory Board
  • Long Island Affiliate of the NYSTLA, Past President
  • Nassau County Bar Association, Past Vice-Chairman, Medical Legal Committee
  • New York State Trial Lawyers (NYSTLA), Board of Directors; Past Secretary, Assistant Treasurer and Treasurer
  • Suffolk County Bar Association
  • Trial Lawyers of Puerto Rico, Vice President

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, Global Settlements Update in Mass Tort Litigation and Mass Tort Management, Perrin Virtual  Mass Tort Litigation Conference (March 2, 2022)

Panelist, Opioid Litigation Conference, Perrin Virtual Conferences (September 9, 2021)

Presenter, Mass Tort Webinar: Elmiron, CAMG January Webinar Series (January 21, 2021)

Panelist, “Elmiron Eye Damage Litigation”, HarrisMartin’s Webinar Series (October 28, 2020)

Featured Speaker, “Achieving Sustainable Law Firm Growth Through Digital Marketing”, HarrisMartin’s Webinar Series (October 1, 2020)

Featured Speaker, “The Roundup Settlement Class – Are Futures Class Actions and Science Panels the Answer?“, HarrisMartin’s Webinar Series (July 28, 2020)

Featured Speaker, “Masstort: COVID-19 and the Law”, Mass Tort News.live (June 30, 2020)

Speaker, “What’s Happening in the Litigation?”, Perrin Conferences: The Opioid Litigation Conference (June 6, 2019)

Featured Speaker, “Elmiron: Legal Optics and Overview“, CAMG Webinar (May 13, 2020)

Speaker, “How the Uptick in Opioid Litigation is Affecting the Industry: Key Takeaways from the MDLs”, American Conference Institute (ACI) 2nd Annual Forum on Controlled Substances (February 5 – 7, 2019)

Speaker, “Mass Tort Landscape: Part 2”, HarrisMartin’s MDL Conference: Current Mass Torts from E-Discovery Through Exit Strategies – Navigating “Game-Changing” Dynamics (November 28, 2018)

Co-Chair, HarrisMartin’s Water Contamination Litigation Conference, 2018

Speaker, “Current Motions and Defenses, The JPML Petitions: One MDL or Two? / State Court Cases”

Speaker, “Product Liability”, Decision 2018: Recent Developments in Tort Law, New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA)

Speaker, “Opioids: Science, Medicine & Litigation”, HB Litigation Conferences presents Mass Tort Med School: Emerging medical & litigation issues for plaintiff attorneys (May 9 -11, 2018)

Presenter, “Incretin drugs including Victoza, Byetta, Januvia and Janumet causing cancer and severe side effects”, CAMG Incretin Litigation Webinar (January 29, 2018)

Speaker, “Opioid MDL Update”, HarrisMartin’s MDL Conference: Onglyza, Opioid & Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler System Litigation (January 24, 2018)

Speaker, “Opioids – The Latest Information and Strategies”, Masters of Mass Tort Seminar (January 17-19, 2018)

Faculty Member, “Opioid Crisis: Claims, Damages & Science”, HB Litigation Conferences

Speaker, “Hot Topics in Mass Tort Litigation Seminar”, American Association for Justice Continuing Legal Education

Faculty Member, “Litigating Public Health Epidemics”, Current Issues in Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Biotech Litigation: American Bar Association Regional CLE

Featured Panelist, “Who are the Governmental Action Plaintiffs and What are the Causation Theories?”, National Opioid Litigation Conference: HarrisMartin Publishing

Faculty Member, “Public Nuisance: No Doubt, But Can We Prove It?”, Prepare to Fight the Opioid Crisis: American Association for Justice Leaders Forum

Co-Chair, “The Impact of Daimler and BMS-Plavix”, HarrisMartin California Mass Tort and Class Action Litigation Conference

Speaker, “Flint Water Crisis: Get in the Know about Lead Poisoning and How It’s Litigated”, Perrin Conferences

Faculty Member, “Hot Topics and Trends in Litigation Seminar”, American Association for Justice

Speaker, “Flint Water Crisis”, HarrisMartin’s MDL Conference: Pharmaceutical and Environmental Mass Tort Litigation

Speaker, “Uber and the Sharing Economy: Law, Ethics and Policy”, Temple University Fox School of Business

Speaker ” Pharmaceutical and Environmental Mass Tort Litigation”, HarrisMartin Conference

Co-Chair, “Fantasy Sports, Volkswagen, Porsche and Pharmaceutical Litigation”, HarrisMartin Conference

Speaker, “Volkswagen Diesel Fuel Emissions Fraud”, HarrisMartin Conference

Speaker, “Mass Tort vs. Class Action: What it is and What it is Not.”, The American Association for Justice (AAJ)

Speaker, “Diabetes Drugs (Actos, Januvia, Byetta” at Mass Tort Med School, A Boot Camp for Plaintiff Attorneys, HB Litigation Conferences

Speaker, “Decisions 2013: Recent Developments in Tort Law”, NYSTLA Seminar Series

Speaker, “Class Certification: Defining or Challenging Class Membership”, Strafford Webinars

Speaker, “HarrisMartin’s Complex Litigation Conference”

Speaker, “Mirena IUD, Tylenol, Granuflo, Byetta & Januvia”, HarrisMartin MDL Conference

Speaker, “Plaintiff Pharmaceutical Litigation Forum 2013”, HB Litigation Conferences

Speaker, Breast Cancer Litigation, ATLA Breast Cancer Litigation Group Educational Seminar

Speaker, “Transvaginal Mesh and Actos Litigation Group”, Harris Martin MDL Conference

Speaker, HarrisMartin’s MDL Conference: Xarelto & Power Morcellators

Speaker, HarrisMartin’s Major Developments in Drug & Device Litigation

HarrisMartin’s MDL and Complex Litigation Seminar

Speaker, 11th Annual Class Action/Mass Tort Symposium presented by the LSBA, “Multi-district Litigation and the Parallel State Court Universe: A Practitioner’s Global Positioning Guide”

Speaker, NYSTLA, “Product Liability Mass Tort & Class Actions: What every lawyer should know and understand”

Speaker, Pharmaceutical Litigation Forum, “Case Theories, Challenges and Case Selection Considerations for your Actos Inventory.”

Media Appearances

A Florida officer shot a man after mistaking his gun for a Taser, police say. The man was left paralyzed., Business Insider (February 10, 2022)

Man Left Paralyzed After Hollywood Police Shooting Calls for Prosecutors to Investigate, NBC 6 South Florida (February 10, 2022)

Florida officer wanted to use Taser but fired, paralyzing man who called for help, police say, As Covered by Vivaraenews.com (February 10, 2022) NBCNews.com (February 10, 2022) The US Express News (February 10, 2022), yahoo! (February 9, 2022)

Man paralyzed by officer who thought he grabbed Taser, police say, South Florida Sun-Sentinel (February 10, 2022)

Hollywood Police admits to mistake that left man paralyzed, 7News Miami (February 9, 2022)

Case of man shot in back by Hollywood police officer similar to Minnesota incident, attorneys say, Local10.com (February 9, 2022)

Paul Napoli and Hunter Shkolnik of Napoli Shkolnik PLLC, Co-Counsel with Attorney Ben Crump, Announce Lawsuit Against Hollywood Police Department, yahoo!finance (February 8, 2022)

Man paralyzed after shot by police demands video release, The Chestnut Post (February 7, 2022)

Ben Crump represents man paralyzed after cop shot him, wants video release, Local10.com (February 7, 2022)

Ben Crump representa a un hombre paralizado después de que un policía le disparara, quiere que se difunda el vídeo, Local10.com (February 7, 2022)

Settlement funds from pharma cases begin to come in for counties to fight opioid crisis, The Daily Gazette (January 25, 2022)

Drugmaker Teva fueled opioid addiction in New York, jury finds, StreetInsider.com (January 25, 2022)

Drugmaker Teva fueled opioid addiction in New York, jury finds, Reuters (January 25, 2022)

Flint Water Settlement Claims Process Begins, ABC-12 Flint (January 13, 2022)

Claims process began Wednesday for those affected by the Flint water crisis, ABC-12 Flint (January 13, 2022)

Fighting Environmental Racism and Seeing Justice with Hunter Shkolnik, Mass Tort News LegalCast (January 11, 2022)

Jury Requests More Transcripts in Maxwell Trial, NewsMax (January 4, 2022)

Teva Pharmaceuticals Found Liable in Landmark Opioid Trial, The New York Times (December 31, 2021)

Quotation of the Day: Drug Company Found Liable in a Landmark Opioids Trial in New York, The New York Times (December 31, 2021)

Press Conference on the New York Opioid Trial Jury Verdict (December 31, 2021)

Breaking News: Jury Concludes Pharmaceutical Companies Fueled Opioid Crisis in NY, Mass Tort News LegalCast (December 31, 2021)

New York Opioid Trial Ends With Verdict in Favor of Plaintiffs, Jury Finds Drug Companies Caused Public Nuisance, Law.com (December 30, 2021)

NY Opioid Deliberations Delayed After Rancorous Closing Day, Law360 (December 13, 2021)

Drug Companies in Long Island Opioid Trial Move for Mistrial, Citing State’s Error During Closing Argument, Law.com (December 13, 2021)

Allergan Opioid Settlement Leaves Teva Alone in N.Y. Trial, msn.com (December 9, 2021)

Attorneys in New York Opioid Trial Prepare Jurors to Consider Six Months of Testimony, Law.com (December 9, 2021)

Teva, affiliates ignored safety to boost opioid sales, jury told, Reuters (December 9, 2021)

Allergan Finance Reaches $200 Million Settlement in New York Opioid Trial on Eve of Closing Arguments, Law.com (December 8, 2021)

Ohio Counties Deride Pharmacies’ Opioid Mistrial Bid, Law360 (November 17, 2021)

Giant Eagle Strikes Deal To Leave Ohio Opioid Bellwether, Law360 (October 27, 2021)

Skadden Strives To Tame Flames In Endo’s Opioid Imbroglio, Law360 (October 26, 2021)

Walmart, CVS Seek Opioid Mistrial After Juror Does Own Research, Bloomberg Law (October 25, 2021)

Pharmacies’ Mistrial Bid Shot Down In Opioid Bellwether, Law360 (October 25, 2021)

Arnold & Porter Tries To ‘Slip’ One Past The Goalie, Gets Benchslapped For Its Efforts, AbovetheLaw.com (October 20, 2021)

Teva Fears ‘Incredibly Damaging’ Parody Videos in Opioid Trial, Law360 (October 19, 2021)

Newsday Report: Law firm in opioids case should be sanctioned, Newsday (October 18, 2021)

Walmart Blasts Ohio Counties’ Sanctions Bid in Opioid Trial, Law360 (October 18, 2021)

Referee recommends sanction for Arnold & Porter in N.Y. opioid case, Reuters (October 16, 2021)

Referee in NY Opioid Litigation Recommends Award of Costs, Monetary Sanctions Against Arnold & Porter for Discovery Failures, Law.com (October 15, 2021)

NY Counties Sound Alarm Over Doctor As Opioid Trial Witness, Law360 (October 15, 2021)

CVS, Walmart Opioid Trial Defense Hazy on Pharmacists’ Role, Law360 (October 5, 2021)

Palm Beach County moves toward settlement with major opioid distributors, manufacturer, The Palm Beach Post (October 7, 2021)

Legislator: Prioritize Genesee County departments when it comes to spending opioid settlement funds, The Batavian (October 7, 2021)

Endo’s Attys In ‘Career-Wrecking’ Peril As Opioid Woes Grow, Law360 (September 17, 2021)

Endo Pharmaceuticals Reaches Settlement in New York Opioid Trial, New York Law Journal/Law.com (September 10, 2021)

Pharmaceutical Company Endo Settles Opioid Claims by New York, Lawyer Monthly (September 10, 2021)

Drugmaker Endo settles opioid claims by New York, counties for $50 mln, Reuters (September 9, 2021)

Schuyler County to receive $121,000 through opioid epidemic lawsuit settlement

As covered by WENY (September 8, 2021), MyTwinTiers.com (September 8, 2021)

Yates, Schuyler consider opioid settlement, observer-review.com (September 7, 2021)

Genesee County may approve opioid settlement pact, The Daily News (August 31, 2021)

Rite Aid Strikes Deal To Avert Opioid MDL’s 1st Pharmacy Trial, Law360 (August 26, 2021)

Grocery Chain Wants Out Of Ohio Counties’ Opioid Bellwether, Law360 (August 18, 2021)

Endo now faces contempt as well as default in N.Y. opioid trial, Reuters (August 12, 2021)

Bid by Lawyers for NY State to Hold Arnold & Porter, Endo Pharma in Contempt Complicates Long Island Opioid Trial, New York Law Journal/Law.com (August 12, 2021)

Atty Fees Capped At 15% In $26B Opioid MDL Settlement, Law360 (August 9, 2021)

Arnold & Porter Atty Opioid Trial Remarks ‘Crazy,’ Court Told, Law360 (August 9, 2021)

Sault urged to join lawsuit against opioid makers, distributors, sootoday.com (August 6, 2021)

“We cannot go on in this condition” N.Y. AG tells opioid trial judge, Reuters (August 6, 2021)

Endo, Arnold & Porter deny deliberately withholding opioid evidence, Reuters (August 5, 2021)

Endo Calls Out Fiery ‘Rhetoric’ In NY Opioid Trial, Law360 (August 5, 2021)

Endo faces default over hiding ‘smoking gun’ opioid evidence (again), Reuters (August 3, 2021)

NY Judge Rips Endo On Lagging Discovery In Opioid Trial, Law360 (August 2, 2021)

Drug Makers To Pay For Treatment, Prevention, Great Neck Record (July 29, 2021)

AGs Unveil $26B Global Opioid Deal With J&J, Distributors, Law360 (July 21, 2021)

New York, Drug Distributors Reach $1.18 Billion Opioid Settlement as National Deal Looms, One1News (July 21, 2021)

New York Attorney General Announces Settlement With Three Opioid Distributors Amid Long Island Trial, Law.com/New York Law Journal (July 20, 2021)

New York, drug distributors reach $1.18 billion opioid settlement as national deal looms, Reuters (July 20, 2021)

Nassau, Suffolk Reach Opioid Crisis Settlements With ‘Big Three’ Drug Companies, Long Island Press (July 20, 2021)

Drug distributors to pay up to $1.1 bln to settle New York opioid case, Financial Post (July 20, 2021)

New York, drug distributors reach $1.18 billion opioid settlement as national deal looms, Express Pharma (July 20, 2021)

GCASA director: Multimillion dollar deal with opioid distributors would ‘stabilize’ treatment system, The Batavian (July 20, 2021)

AG: State reaches $1.1 billion settlement with opioid distributors, Newsday (July 20, 2021)

Drug Distributors Strike $1.1B Opioid Deal, Exit NY Trial, Law360 (July 20, 2021)

Witness: Medical community accepted opioid makers’ ‘misleading’ campaign, Newsday (July 14, 2021)

Landmark Opioid Trial Opens in New York, Courtroom View Network (CVN) (July 2, 2021)

Class Action Lawsuit Against Opioid Makers and Suppliers, Fox 5 News (July 1, 2021)

‘Honesty Was In Short Supply’: N.Y. Trial Starts With Arguments Against Opioid Makers, WBFO npr (June 30, 2021)

Opioid Suppliers Rebut Claims in First Jury Trial Over Epidemic, Bloomberg (June 30, 2021)

Heroin Needle and Cereal Box Figure in Plaintiffs’ NY Opioid Trial Opening, New York Law Journal/Law.com (June 30, 2021)

Suffolk’s Lawyer Urges Jurors to Hold Drugmakers Liable for Opioid Crisis, Long Island Press (June 30, 2021)

Landmark Case In Suffolk County, WABC-7 Eyewitness News (June 29, 2021)

Facing 1st Jury Opioid Attys Turn to Instagram, ‘Wizard of Oz’, Law360 (June 29, 2021)

Landmark opioid trial opens as lawyers address jurors for first time, Newsday (June 29, 2021)

Drug Cos. Share Blame For Opioid Crisis, NY Jury Told, Law360 (June 29, 2021)

‘Calculated Decision in Boardrooms’ Led to Crisis, Lawyers Say in Opening NY Opioid Suit, New York Law Journal/Law.com (June 29, 2021)

Jury in New York opioids lawsuit gets instructions, Newsday (June 28, 2021)

Nation’s Eyes On New York As Unprecedented Opioid Trial Begins On Long Island, CBS-2 New York (June 28, 2021)

A Look At A Lawsuit Filed By NY Municipalities Over Opioid Crisis, WSKG npr PBS (June 23, 2021)

3 Pharmacies Cut From NY Opioid Trial, CVS Reaches Deal, Law360 (June 25, 2021)

Court Greenlights Settlement in Online Fantasy Sports Multidistrict Litigation, Law Street Media (June 17, 2021)

New  York Opioid Trial Delayed Again As Jury Selection Lags, Law360 (June 16, 2021)

New  York Opioid Trial Delayed Again As Jury Selection Lags, Law360 (June 16, 2021)

DraftKings MDL Settlement Gets Nod As FanDuel Nears Deal, Law360 (June 15, 2021)

W.Va. State Opioid Claims Will Be Heard By A Jury, Law360 (June 14, 2021)

DNA Test Shows Doctor Used Own Sperm for Fertility Treatment, NewsMax National Report (June 3, 2021)

McKinsey, opioid plaintiffs spar over MDL venue, Reuters (May 27, 2021)

Allergan loses bid to escape New York Opioid trial, Reuters (May 25, 2021)

Walmart Punished In Opioid MDL For Discovery Defiance, Law 360 (April 19, 2021)

Pandemic-Delayed Trials Over Drugmakers’ Marketing of Opioids to Begin, Insurance Journal (April 19, 2021)

More suits to target opioid strategist, Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette (April 18, 2021)

Drug Companies to Face First Opioid Trial Following Pandemic Delays, Reuters | SABC News (April 17, 2021)

Drug  companies to face first opioid trial following pandemic delays, Thomson Reuters | KFGO 790 (April 16, 2021)

Law360’s 2021 Product Liability Advisory Board, Law360 (April 13, 2021)

New Opioid Lawsuits Target McKinsey for Its Role as Consultant to Drug Companies, Law.com | New York Law Journal (March 31, 2021)

McKinsey To Pay Nevada $45M To End Opioid Marketing Case, Law360 (March 22, 2021)

After opioid settlement with state, McKinsey socked with new class action lawsuit filed by local Florida government, The Capitolist (March 18, 2021)

Unhappy AGs Have Options In Latest Purdue Ch. 11 Plan, Law360 (March 16, 2020)

McKinsey Opioid Deal With NY AG Approved Amid Objections, Law360 (March 16, 2020)

NY AG Opioid Trial Now Set For June Amid Virus Concerns, Law360 (March 8, 2021)

McKinsey Seeks New MDL As Opioid Headaches Worsen, Law360 (March 8, 2021)

Roundup Claimants Slam ‘Frankenstein-ian’ $2B Bayer Deal, Law360 (March 5, 2021)

DraftKings to Pay $8 Million to Settle Consolidated Class Claims, Bloomberg Law (March 4, 2021)

NY Opioid Trial Defendants Want New COVID-19 Delay, Law360 (March 3, 2021)

DraftKings Settles MD For $720K Plus $7M In Site Credit, Law360 (March 3, 2021)

Judges Blast Atty For Flint Client Solicitation Efforts, Law360 (February 18, 2021)

Why A Judge Put The Breaks On Flint Atty’s Opt-Out Mailings, Law360 Pulse (February 12, 2021)

Judge Blocks ‘Improper’ Communications In Flint Lead Case, Law360 (February 8, 2021)

NY to Push Back On Efforts To Split Landmark Opioid Trial, Law360 (January 7, 2021)

Product Liability Cases To Watch in 2021: Opioid Bellwether Trials To Start, Law360 (January 3, 2021)

Former Purdue Pharma Members Agree to Testify Before House Panel, One America News Network (December 15, 2020)

Another Opioid Bellwether Delayed For COVID-19, Law360 (December 7, 2020)

Purdue Guilty Plea ‘Cuts Head Off” Opioid Serpent, Posted RepublicWorld.com Written By Associated Press Television News (November 26, 2020)

Landmark Flint water crisis settlement grows to $641.2M as it moves to court, The Detroit News (November 18, 2020)

Settlement of Flint water crisis lawsuits takes significant step, Michigan Radio NPR (November 17, 2020)

FDA, DEA Experts Cleared To Testify In NY Ag’s Opioid Case, Law360 (November 13, 2020)

CVS, Rite Aid Say Doctors Also Liable For Prescribing Opioids, Law360 (November 10, 2020)

NY AG’s Opioid Epidemic Jury Trial Set For Early 2021, Law360 (October 28, 2020)

Walmart Opioid Lawsuit a Long Shot to Thwart Federal Enforcement, Bloomberg Law (October 23, 2020)

Where to Send the Elmiron Cases: New Jersey or Pennsylvania?, New Jersey Law Journal (October 15, 2020)

J&J Strikes $5B Del Pushing 3,000 Opioid Suits Toward End, Law360 (October 13, 2020)

Mallinckrodt Files Bankruptcy to Settle Pile of Opioid Suits, Yahoo! Finance (October 12, 2020)

Life Sentence Verdict in Joel Guy, Jr. Murder Trial, Law and Crime Network (October 2, 2020)

Guy, Jr. Stands Accused of Brutal Murders of Parents, Law and Crime Network (October 2, 2020)

Alleged “Kill Book” Outlined Murder Plot and Possible Motive, Law and Crime Network (October 2, 2020)

Murders Took Place During Defendant’s Thanksgiving Visit, Law and Crime Network (October 2, 2020)

Lost Leverage Complicates Opioid Deal Talks for Cities, Counties, BloombergLaw (September 30, 2020)

NJ’s the Place For Eye Damage MDL, Patients Say, Law360 (September 25, 2020)

Pharmacies Lose Bid To Revisit Ruling On their Opioid Duties, Law360 (September 22, 2020)

Ohio Counties Blast Pharmacies’ Review Bid In Opioid MDL, Law360 (September 8, 2020)

NJ Making False 9-1-1 Calls and Police Reports Based On Race A Crime, Fox 5 (September 3, 2020)

Law and Crime Trial Network (September 2, 2020)

Allergan, Teva Accused of Hiding ‘Critical’ Opioid Info, Law360 (September 1, 2020)

Judge Assesses Evidence, Testimony in NY Opioid Pretrial Hearing, LegalReader (August 27, 2020)

Pharmacies Torch ‘Unprecedented’ Ruling On Opioid Duties, Law360 (August 26, 2020)

State of Michigan Proposes $600 Million Settlement For Flint Water Crisis, Newburgh Gazette (August 22, 2020)

State to settle Flint water crisis claims with residents for $600 million, Crain’s Detroit Business (August 20, 2020)

After 18 Months of Wrangling, Michigan Officials Agree to Pay More Than $600M to Settle Flint Water Crisis Litigation, Law.com (August 20, 2020)

New York’s opioid case: No improper prescriptions, no misled docs, big damages, Legal NewsLine (August17, 2020)

Virus Vaccine Rush Leaves Little Recourse for Anyone It Harms, Bloomberg Law (August 14, 2020)

Virus Vaccine Rush Leaves Little Recourse for Anyone It Harms, Stars And Stripes (August 14, 2020)

Virus Vaccine Rush Leaves Little Recourse for Anyone It Harms, mySanAntonio (August 14, 2020)

Ex-FDA Head Says He Didn’t Ask NY Docs About Opioid RX’s, Law360 (August 14, 2020)

Entire Opioid Supply Chain Faces First Test in NewYork Case (1), Bloomberg Law (August 13, 2020)

Pharmacies Can’t Doge Ohio Opioid MDL’s 2021 Bellwether, Law360 (August 6, 2020)

Group to Revise Deal For Future Claims In Monsanto MDL, Law360 (July 8, 2020)

Lawyers Withdraw, Aiming to Revise, $1.1 Billion Class Settlement Over Roundup, Law.com | TheRecorder (July 8, 2020)

Bayer to Alter Plan for Handling Future Roundup Cancer Suits, As Reported By

Judge ‘Skeptical’ Of Settlement For Future Roundup Claims, Law360 (July 7,2020)

Pharmacies Can’t Slip Opioid Nuisance Claims, Counties  Say, Law360 (July 6, 2020)

Pharmacies Want Out of Opioid MDL ‘Public Nuisance’ Suit, Law360 (June 17, 2020)

City of Grande Prairie files proposed $10B class-action lawsuit against opioid companies

2nd Circuit Allows Personal Injury, Property Damage Claims Against Honeywell, Saint-Gobain, Law.com | New York Law Journal (May 18, 2020)

Medical Monitoring Faire Game For PI Claims, 2nd Circ. Says, Law360 (May 18, 2020)

County says Mallinckrodt Shouldn’t Get Separate Opioid Trial, Law360 (April 30, 2020)

New Pharmacy Bellwether Trial Set For 2021 in Opioid MDL, Law360 (April 30, 2020)

Enough Already with Opioid Bellwethers, Pharmacies Say, Law360 (April 28, 2020)

Opioid Funds Should Be Used For Mental Health, Judge Told, Law360 (April 22, 2020)

Opioid MDL Needs New Pharmacy Bellwether, Judge Says, Law360 (April 17, 2020)

Purdue Says Ch. 11 Stay Can’t Be Lifted For NY Opioid Trial, Law360 (April 16,2020)

6th Circ. Limits Opioid Claims Against Pharmacies, Law360 (April 15, 2020)

Some Public Nuisance Claims Cut In NY Opioid Suit, Law360 (April 10,2020)

Pharmacies’ Doctor Claims Dropped From Ohio Opioid MDL, Law360 (April 1, 2020)

Drugmakers Poised to Profit Off of Opioid Settlement Strategy, Bloomberg Law (March 31, 2020)

NY County Fights Mallinckrodt Bid For Separate Opioid Trial, Law360 (March 17, 2020)

NY County Says Meyer Suozzi Betrayed It In Opioid Case, Law360 (March 16, 2020)

New York Court Refuses To Delay March Opioid Trial, Law360 (March 4, 2020)

Mich. Judge Adds Residents To Flint Lead Water Case, Law360 (March 4, 2020)

Opioid Judge Rips Pharmacies ‘Ironic’ Push to Halt Discovery, Law360 (February 26, 2020)

Drugmaker’s Opioid Settlement Offer Gains Ground with States, ClaimsJournal (February 26, 2020)

A $50 Billion Opioid Deal Gets Backing From 7 More States, Bloomberg Law News (February 26, 2020)

37 AGs Assail Plaintiffs’ Atty Fee Bid In Opioid MDL, Law360 (February 24, 2020)

Pharmarcies Must Give Patient Ages in Opioid MDL Discovery, Law360 (February 13, 2020)

Opioid MDL Special Master Sets Data Production Guidelines, Law360 (January 27,2020)

Pharmacies Can’t Escape Public Nuisance in Opioid MDL, Law360 (January 27, 2020)

6th Circ. Is Told Opioid MDL Judge Flouting Court Rules, Law360 (January 17, 2020)

‘Opioid Babies’ Seek Class Cert. In MDL, Law360 (January 7, 2020)

CVS, Walmart Look To Shift Blame To Doctors in Opioid MDL, Law360 (January 7, 2020)

Teva‘s Proposed Opioid Settlement Could Cost Drugmaker Pennies on Dollar, Daily Stock Dish (November 29, 2019)

Deadline Day to Opt Out of Federal Negotiating Class, Public News Service (November 22, 2019)

NEO communities could be getting thousands of lawsuit dollars for drug treatment and prevention programs, Cleveland19 (November 21, 2019)

Hunter discusses the ongoing Opioid Litigations across the country, Hunter Shkolnik on Spectrum News1 (November 7, 2019)

Teva’s drug giveaway might mean the company isn’t giving away much at all, LegalReader.com (November 7, 2019)

Ohio Bellwether Litigation and Upcoming Opioid Trials, InFocus with Mike Kallmeyer on Spectrum 1 News (November 2, 2019)

Groundbreaking Opioid Settlement Reached with Opioid Manufacturer and National Opioid Distributors, TN Town News (October 25, 2019)

Sackler family is slammed for buying a $7.4million mansion near Boca Raton before their company files for BANKRUPTCY amid legal battle over OxyContin manufacturer’s role in opioid crisis, Mail Online (October 25, 2019)

Teva’s proposed settlement could cost drugmaker pennies on the dollar, The Jerusalem Post (October 25, 2019)

EXCLUSIVE: Sackler family company pays $7 million for mansion near Boca Raton, The Palm Beach Post (October 25, 2019)

$260 million opioid settlement to fund treatment in Cuyahoga, Summit counties, ClevelandJewishNews.com (October 25, 2019)

Teva’s Proposed Court Settlement Could Cost It Just Pennies on the Dollar, Haaretz.com (October 25, 2019)

Ohio opioid settlement could set precedent for California cases, KCBX FM Radio (October 24, 2019)

Teva’s proposed opioid settlement could cost drugmaker pennies on the dollar, CNBC (October 24, 2019)

Reckitt inks $700M deal to clear states’ probes into Suboxone marketing, Fiercepharma.com (October 24, 2019)

Teva’s proposed opioid settlement could cost drugmaker pennies on the dollar, Reuters (October 23, 2019)

Health Highlights: October 22, 2019, US News & World Report (October 22, 2019)

$260m deal saves four firms from historic US trial, Dawn.com (Reuters) (October 22, 2019)

$260 Million Deal Averts First Federal Trial Over Opioids, Physician’s Weekly (October 22, 2019)

Opioid settlement reached in Ohio, The Journal Gazette (October 22, 2019)

What we are watching in the U.S. …, Castlegar News (October 22, 2019)

Napoli Shkolnik PLLC and Team Obtain Landmark Opioid Settlement in Federal Opioid Litigation, Olean Times Herald (October 22, 2019)

Four Drug Companies Reach Last-Minute Settlement in Opioid Litigation, The Wall Street Journal (October 21, 2019)

CBS-5 / Associated Press (October 21, 2019) and The Delaware Times / Associated Press (October 21, 2019)

  • $260 Million Deal Averts First Federal Trial On Opioid Crisis

Opioid settlement could bode well for Palm Beach County suit, CBS12 (October 21, 2019)

Cuyahoga and Summit counties reach tentative deal with four drug companies in opioid epidemic case, ABC5 Cleveland (October 21, 2019)

Four drug companies reach $260 million settlement to avoid first federal opioid trial in Cleveland, Cleveland.com (October 21, 2019)

Cuyahoga, Summit counties get hundreds of millions of dollars, but opioid litigation far from over, Cleveland.com (October 21, 2019)

State AGs Reach $48B Proposed Deal To End Opioid Cases, Law360 (October 21, 2019)

$48B Opioid Deal Outcry May Presage Plaintiff Infighting, Law360 (October 21, 2019)

Drug Companies reach $260M opioid settlement with Ohio counties, Calgary Sun (October 21, 2019)

Drug Companies Reach $215 Million Settlement in US Opioid Case, Voice of America (October 21, 2019)

As reported by Thomson Reuters Foundation News (October 21, 2019) and StreetInsider.com (October 21, 2019)

  • Drug companies reach $260mln opioid settlement with Ohio counties, averting landmark trial

Companies reach $260 million deal to settle opioids lawsuit, 13 WTHR (NBC Affiliate) (October 21, 2019)

As reported The State (October 21, 2019) and Brown County Democrat (October 21, 2019)

  • The Latest: State Lawyers: We’re confident of opioid deal

US opioid epidemic: drug companies reach $260m settlement, The Irish Times (October 21, 2019)

Opioid trial canceled after drug companies reach $260M settlement; case against Walgreens delayed, Orlando Sentinel (October 21, 2019)

Opioid settlement: Will deal bring money to Hamilton County? Not yet, Cincinnati Enquirer (Part of the USA TODAY NETWORK) (October 21, 2019)

Opioid settlement: What to know about Teva Pharmaceutical Industires, Cincinnati.com (Part of the USA TODAY NETWORK) (October 21, 2019)

News in :90 – Octo. 21, 2019, TommieMedia (October 21, 2019)

Opioid Trial in Opioid MDL Will Go Forward, 6th Circ. Says, Law360 (October 10, 2019)

EPA Forced to Face Flint Residents’ $4.5B Water Crisis Claims, Law360 (October 1, 2019)

Purdue Pharma family office move to WPB is ‘salt in the wounds,’ lawyer says, The Palm Beach Post (September 18, 2019)

Summit county’s opioid lawsuit is going forward despite Purdue’s Pharma bankruptcy, ParkRecord.com (September 17, 2019)

Ohio AG Dave Yost tries to halt opioid trial scheduled for October 21., Legal Reader (September 12, 2019)

Opioid Update: Ohio Asks Sixth Circuit for Mandamus while U.S. Chamber Says Muni Suits by Plaintiffs’ Firms Could Upend Civil Litigation, The National Law Review (September 12, 2019)

PBC waits for opioid case to go to trial. But multi-million-dollar ruling gives hope., The Palm Beach Post (September 5, 2019)

Fox Business: Opioid Crisis, Johnson & Johnson in Oklahoma (summer 2019)

Judge rejects Johnson & Johnson request to end opioid lawsuit, Fox Business (July 8, 2019)

BakerHostetler Fights ‘Indefensible’ DQ in Opioid MDL, Law360 (May 8, 2019)

Insys case raises risks for drug industry over opioids, Financial Times (May 6, 2019)

Atty Sanctions Axed In Opioid MDL, Allowing Doc’s Testimony, Law360 (April 26, 2019)

Expert witness in opioids MDL: Fixing crisis will cost $483 billion, Reuters (April 18, 2019)

Local jurisdictions pay the price for nation’s opioid crisis, Akron Legal News – Associated Press (April 3, 2019)

Local jurisdictions pay the price for nation’s opioid crisis, ABC News (March 27, 2019)

Is Purdue’s $270M Deal Beginning Of End For Opioid Cases?, Law360 (March 26, 2019)

Opioids MDL judge ousts ex-prosecutor from two cases against Endo, Reuters (March 20, 2019)

Five more counties file lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies for opioid epidemic, West Virginia Record (December 17, 2018)

Calif. Appeals Panel Revives Suits Over Diabetes Drugs, Law360 (November 7, 2018)

Damages Forfeited In Opioid MDL Bellwethers, Drug Cos. Say, Law360 (November 2, 2018)

Tyco and 3M Ask for MDL Treatment in Dozens of Firefighting Foam Lawsuits, The National Law Journal (October 2, 2018)

NJ Justices Centralize Taxotere Hair-Loss Suits, Law360 (August 21, 2018)

Court Grants Mass Tort Status to Suits Over Breast Cancer Drug Taxotere, New Jersey Law Journal, (August 21, 2018)

Opioid MDL Counties Get Partial Info From McKesson Report, Law360 (August 1, 2018)

Discovery War Breaks Out in Opioid MDL Bellwethers, Law360 (July 25, 2018)

Judge won’t make the state resume bottled water distribution in Flint, Michigan NPR Radio (April 21, 2018)

Federal judge denies emergency injunction to bring water PODS back to Flint, ABC-12 (April 20, 2018)

Glendale man awarded $24.1 million for 2011 helicopter crash near Valle, Williams-Grand Canyon News (April 17, 2018)

DraftKings, FanDuel in Settlement Talks Over Consumer Class Actions, The National Law Journal (April 13, 2018)

Palm Beach County Sues Drugmakers Over Opioid Crisis, Daily Business Review of Law.com (April 9, 2018)

Flint Michigan Water Crisis with Hunter Shkolnik, Good Law Bad Law Podcast #69 (March 9, 2018)

Flint Water Crisis Lawsuit, There’s Still Time to Join, ABC12-WJRT (February 18, 2018)

City of Flint Water Emergency, Flint Town Hall Meeting, ABC12-WJRT (February 18, 2018)

Will Big Drugmakers Mimic Purdue on Opioid Marketing?, Law360 (February 12, 2018)

Osceola joins national opioid legal action against drug companies, Orlando Sentinel (February 7, 2018)

Inside The Opioid MDL’s Big Closed-Door Hearing, Law360 (February 1, 2018)

Former Sen. Carl Levin to mediate class-action Flint water Lawsuit, mLIVE Michigan (1/12/18)

County files lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, The Champion (1/11/18)

Shreveport and Arklatex counties join lawsuit against opioid industry, ABC Affiliate KTBS-3 (1/5/18)

Judge Sees Forum Shopping in Class Bid to Move Pollution Case, New York Law Journal (12/20/17)

Northern District of Ohio judge picked to preside over opioid MDL, MadisonSt. Clair Record (12/5/17)

WABC-7 Eyewitness News Exclusive

Crime Stories with Nancy Grace

Law360

“This motion to dismiss is highly suspect given that these defendants have already accepted personal jurisdiction for over 2,000 other lawsuits by children who suffered brain damage from lead poisoning as a result of Doe Run’s operations in Peru.”

New York Courts See Wave of Lawsuits Against Pharmaceutical Firms, Niagara Gazette (September 2, 2017)

LawNewz Network

FoxNews.com

FoxBusiness News

FoxNews Live

PrimeTime Justice with Ashleigh Banfield

New at 4

CBS News

Documentary, Children of Flint: Flint Water Crisis Victims Speak Out

 

Publications

Court Appointments

  • Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in In Re: National Prescription Opiate Litigation, MDL 2804 by United States District  Court Judge Dan Aaron Polster of the Northern District of Ohio
  • Co-Liaison Counsel in the Flint Water Crisis Litigation by United States District Judge Judith E. Levy of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in In Re: Invokana (Canagliflozin) Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2750
  • Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in the Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Products Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2738 (Honorable Freda L. Wolfson)
  • Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in In Re: Taxotere (Docetaxel) Products Liability Litigation, MDL 274 (Honorable Kurt D. Engelhardt)
  • Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee; In Re: Toyota Motor Corp. Unintended Acceleration Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2151 (Honorable James V. Selna)
  • Actos Product Liability Steering Committee, American Association of Justice’s Actos Litigation Group
  • Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, In Re: Medtronic Inc., MDL 1726 (Honorable James M. Rosenbaum) (retired)
  • Co-Lead Counsel, In Re: Fleet Oral Sodium Phosphate Solutions Litigation, MDL 2066 (NDOH) (Honorable Dan A. Polster)
  • Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee & National Settlement Counsel in the In Re: Nuvaring Products Liability Litigation, MDL 1964 (MOED) (Honorable Rodney W. Sippel)
  • Co-Liaison Counsel & Member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, New Jersey Nuvaring Products Liability Consolidated Mass Tort Litigation (Honorable Brian R. Martinotti)
  • Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, In Re: Medtronic, Inc., Sprint Fidelis Leads Product Liability Litigation, MDL 1905 (Dist. Minn.); (Honorable Richard H. Kyle)
  • Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, In Re: Medtronic Inc., MDL 1729 (Honorable James M. Rosenbaum) (retired)
  • Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, New Jersey Metoclopramide (Reglan) Product Liability Consolidated Mass Tort Litigation (Honorable Carol Higbee)
  • Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee Member- Co-Lead Trial Team, Strategic Planning, Expert and Discovery Subcommittee, In Re: Guidant Corp. Implantable Defibrillators Products Liability Litigation, MDL 1708 (Honorable Donovan Frank)
  • Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, New York State Consolidated Bextra/ Celebrex Litigation
  • Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee and Lead Counsel; Trial, Expert, Discovery Sub Committees and Co-Lead Trial Team, In Re: New York Sulzer Inter Op Hip and Knee Implant Litigation; (Justice Helen Freedman) (retired)
  • State Federal Liaison Counsel, In Re: Bausch & Lomb, Inc., Contact Lens Solution Product Liability Litigation, MDL 1785 (Honorable David C. Norton)
  • Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee & Lead trial attorney for the first scheduled bellwether trials; State Federal Liaison Counsel, In Re: New York Consolidated Bausch & Lomb Contact Lens Solution Litigation (Justice Helen Freedman) (retired)
  • Discovery Co-Chair, New Jersey Levaquin Mass Tort Litigation
  • Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, In Re: PepsiCo. Inc., Bottled Water Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, MDL 1903 (Honorable Cathy Seibel)
  • Liaison Counsel, In Re: Zimmer NexGen Knee Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2272 (N.D.Ill) (Honorable Rebecca R. Pallmeyer)
  • Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, In Re: DePuy Orthopaedics. lnc., Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2244 (Honorable James Edgar Kinkeade)
  • Plaintiffs’ Liaison Committee for Personal Injury and Wrongful Death, In Re: Pom Wonderful Sales and Marketing Practices Litigation, MDL 2199 (Honorable Dean D. Pregerson)
  • Co-Lead Counsel, In Re: Kaba Simplex Push Button Lock Sales and Marketing Litigation, MDL 2220; (EDOH); (Honorable Donald C. Nugent)
  • Co-Lead and Co-Liaison Counsel in the In Re: Eliquis (Apixaban) Product Liability Litigation, Honorable Judge Denise L. Cote for the Southern District of New York
  • National Settlement Counsel in the In Re: Pradaxa (Dabigatran Etexilate) Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2385, United States District Judge David R. Herndon for the Southern District of Illinois
  • Co-Lead Class Counsel in the In Re: Daily Fantasy Sports Marketing And Sales Practices Litigation, MDL 2677 (George A. O’Toole, Jr.,)
  • Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee and Lead Counsel, In Re: New York Diet Drug/Fen Phen Litigation; (Justice Helen Freedman) (retired)
  • Co-Lead Counsel, In Re: Bayer Healthcare LLC and Merial Limited Flea Control Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, MDL 2319 (Nd. Ill) (Honorable Dan A. Polster)
  • Co-Lead Counsel, In Re: Incretin Mimetics Product Liability Litigation, MDL 1331 (Honorable Maurice M. Paul)
  • Lead Class Counsel, Hernandez-Ortiz, et al. v. 2 Gold, L.L.C., et al., Supreme Court of the State of New York, Index No. 158155/2012; (Honorable Ellen M. Coin)
  • Lead Class Counsel, Roberts, et al. v. Ocean Prime, LLC, et al., Supreme Court of the State of New York, Index. No. 150612/2013; (Honorable Manuel J. Mendez)
  • Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, In Re: American Medical Systems, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2325 Judge Joseph Goodwin for the Southern District of West Virginia
  • Lead Class Counsel, Sterling, et al. v. Stratfor Enterprises, LLC, et al., Eastern District of New York 2:12-cv-00297 (Honorable Judge Denis R. Hurley)

 

Representative Cases and Settlements of Note

*Results May Vary Depending On Your Particular Facts and Legal Circumstances*

$650 Million Ruling in National Pharmacy Chain Opioid Trial
U.S. District Court for Northern Ohio Judge Dan Aaron Polster ruled that CVS, Walgreens and Walmart must pay over $650 million over 15 years and set up an abatement program to Lake and Trumbull counties. The ruling is the first by a federal judge that assigns a monetary amount against pharmacy chains for their role in the opioid epidemic.

The funds will be used in programs to address the fallout from opioid abuse the defendant’s marketing of opioids caused.

$600 Million Settlement in the Flint Water Litigation  
Napoli Shkolnik PLLC, as co-liaison and negotiating counsel in the Flint Water Litigation, along with interim class counsel and representatives of the State of Michigan Attorney General’s office, reached a landmark wide- reaching $600 million settlement with the State of Michigan, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (now the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy), City of Flint, former Governor Richard Snyder, Governor Gretchen Whitmer, and several other State and City employees in the Flint Water Crisis Litigation on behalf of the citizens of Flint, Michigan.

Jury Verdict in National Opioid Trial
This jury verdict was secured on behalf of our clients Lake and Trumbull Counties (OH) against pharmacy giants CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart.

$1.1 Billion Settlement: New York Opioid Jury Trial
This settlement was reached with the three largest drug distributors, AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson, in the first opioid jury trial.
(Napoli Shkolnik is Counsel to Nassau County.)

$50 Million Settlement: New York Opioid Jury Trial
Endo Pharmaceutical agreed to this settlement to end their involvement in the NY opioid jury trial, where the company was accused of its role in the opioid epidemic.
(Napoli Shkolnik is Counsel to Nassau County.)

$320 Million Opioid Settlement
This landmark settlement was reached on behalf of Cuyahoga County (Ohio), one of the bellwether plaintiffs in the National Opioid Litigation, against four of the key players responsible for the opioid epidemic.

Jeffrey Boatman, et ano. v. Uniflight, LLC
$24.1 Million Verdict in favor of helicopter crash victim

$650 Million Pharmaceutical Settlement
In re: Pradaxa (Dabigatran Etexilate) Products Liability Litigation: clients participated in the $650 Million Pradaxa Master Settlement Program for compensation for their bleeding injuries caused by the blood thinner Pradaxa.

 

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