Publication Archive: Hunter Shkolnik

Defendants in Opioid Lawsuit Want to Pause Discovery

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The Ohio federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation over the opioid crisis told the Sixth Circuit that pharmacies looking to block nationwide discovery are contradicting themselves by raising privacy concerns when they’ve tried to pry sensitive health data from plaintiffs in the past. Hunter J. Shkolnik of Napoli Shkolnik, who represents Cuyahoga County, said in an…Read the article

Law360 Quotes Hunter Shkolnik on Common Benefits

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A group of 37 attorneys general urged an Ohio federal judge Monday to reject a fee request from lead plaintiffs’ attorneys in the opioid multidistrict litigation, saying it could irreparably disrupt progress made toward reaching a large national settlement. Hunter Shkolnik of Napoli Shkolnik PLLC, a top plaintiffs’ lawyer in the MDL, told Law360 in…Read the article

OH Federal Judge Sides with Plaintiffs in Opioid MDL

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An Ohio federal judge on Thursday overruled objections from several pharmacies being asked to disclose the ages of patients in discovery in sprawling opioid multidistrict litigation, saying in light of the other data being produced, disclosing the ages does not present a risk to patient privacy. Hunter J. Shkolnik of Napoli Shkolnik, representing Cuyahoga County,…Read the article

Law360: Hunter Shkolnik on Data Pharmacies Must Provide

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“Special Master Cohen’s order recognizes that we are entitled to discovery related to the chain pharmacies failure [to] monitor the so-called ‘holy trinity’ combination of opioids and non-opioids, which were the classic red flags for improper drug dispensing,” Hunter Shkolnik of Napoli Shkolnik PLLC, a top plaintiffs lawyer in the MDL, told Law360 on Tuesday.…Read the article

Law360 Quotes Hunter Shkolnik on Opioids/Pharmacies

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An Ohio federal judge on Monday refused attempts by Rite Aid, Walmart and others to dismiss claims alleging that their failure to stop opioids from being diverted for illicit purposes created a public nuisance, saying that counties had shown evidence to back the allegations. “These decisions were of no surprise,” Hunter Shkolnik of Napoli Shkolnik…Read the article

Law360 Quotes Hunter Shkolnik on Opioid Multidistrict Case

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Source: Law360
Pharmacies launched another attack on the judge overseeing opioid multidistrict litigation, telling the Sixth Circuit on Friday that he has “repeatedly disregarded” federal court rules and should be ordered to follow them. “The chain pharmacies are copying the distributors’ and manufacturers’ plan to delay, delay, delay. That failed for them,” Hunter Shkolnik of Napoli Shkolnik…Read the article

Pharmacies Look To Lay Blame on Doctors for Opioid Crisis

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Source: Law360
A group of pharmacies led by CVSPharmacy Inc, Walgreen Co. and Walmart Inc. are taking aim at droves of unnamed doctors, saying the Ohio counties suing as part of the sprawling opioid multidistrict litigation are unfairly blaming pharmacies instead of going after physicians for overprescribing the drugs. The pharmacists are bound by law to accept…Read the article

Law360 Quotes Hunter Shkolnik on ‘Opioid Babies’ Protection

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Source: Law360
Legal guardians of babies born to mothers who took opioids during pregnancy asked the Ohio federal judge overseeing the opioid multidistrict litigation to certify a class for the purpose of medical monitoring, saying Tuesday that the babies are the most vulnerable victims of the opioid crisis. Hunter Shkolnik of Napoli Shkolnik, a top plaintiffs attorney…Read the article

Hunter Shkolnik Comments on Proposed Opioid Settlement

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Source: Daily Stock Dish
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.’s proposed $23 billion drug giveaway to settle thousands of U.S. opioid lawsuits will likely cost the company a fraction of that figure due to how it has valued those medicines, according to a Reuters review of pricing data and industry analysts. The deal is “overvalued to make the settlement look better,”…Read the article

Hunter Shkolnik Discusses Opioid Global Settlement Potential

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Source: Cleveland19
In 2017 Ohio was ranked second in the nation for overdose deaths involving opioids. More than 4,000 people died that year from overdoses. It’s why hundreds of Ohio cities and counties are now part of lawsuits against the largest drug manufacturers and pharmacies. Pharmacy chains will likely face an October 2020 trial for their alleged…Read the article