Publication Archive: New York Opioid Lawyers

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Law360: Hunter Shkolnik Questions Former FDA Commissioner

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The (opioid) trial is expected to test allegations from New York and Suffolk and Nassau counties against major drug manufacturers and distributors. The so-called Frye hearings in the suit are used to determine the admissibility of scientific evidence. “Would it be fair to say that you determined there were departures from the appropriate standards of…Read the article

Bloomberg Law Quotes Hunter Shkolnik on NY Opioid Trial

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The first lawsuit putting the entire opioid supply chain on trial will begin pretrial hearings Friday in New York State Supreme Court in Suffolk County. “We’re going to lay out the whole case for the court, for the public,” said Hunter Shkolnik, who represents some of the plaintiff municipalities. “This will be the first time…Read the article

Law360 Interviews Hunter Shkolnik: Remote Workforce/COVID-19

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Hunter J. Shkolnik of Napoli Shkolnik PLLC, one of the top plaintiffs attorneys representing local governments in litigation over the opioid epidemic, recently spoke with Law360 about working from home now that he’s off the road and the benefits of teleconferencing for attorneys.  Read the article

Law360/Shkolnik: No Separate Trial for Mallinckrodt

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Nassau County on Wednesday told a New York judge that Mallinckrodt’s bid for a separate opioid trial should be denied as its bankruptcy no longer appears to be imminent and it still has not struck a final deal to settle opioid cases. “When Mallinckrodt came to court and said we have a deal and will…Read the article

Law360/H. Shkolnik: Should Opioid Funds Be Mental Health?

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Mental health advocates on Tuesday told the Ohio federal judge overseeing opioid multidistrict litigation that half of the settlement funds from the litigation should be used to form a foundation addressing mental illness. “We all understand there are many groups who believe with very [good] reason that they should receive the lion’s share of any…Read the article

Law360 Quotes Hunter Shkolnik On Ch. 11 in NY Opioid Trial

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Purdue Pharma LP on Wednesday asked a New York bankruptcy judge to reject a bid by pharmaceutical companies and pharmacies who are co-defendants in the New York opioid trial to include the OxyContin maker on the verdict form, saying that it could upset negotiations for a global settlement. “The manufacturers, chain pharmacies and distributors who…Read the article

Law360 Quotes Hunter Shkolnik on NY Opioid Trial

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Suffolk County Supreme Court Judge Jerry Garguilo said that Nassau and Suffolk counties hadn’t shown that retail chain pharmacies, including CVS Pharmacy Inc, Rite Aid and Walgreen Co., are responsible for the conduct of their subsidiaries. It has long been New York law that a parent corporation is not liable for the torts of its…Read the article

Law360 Quotes Paul Napoli on NY Opioid Trial

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Two Long Island counties were supposed to have already started the second trial to come from the thousands of cases filed by state and local governments blaming drug companies for the opioid crisis. Paul Napoli, who represents the counties, told Law360 this week that while it is unlikely that the trial will be proceeding in…Read the article

Keep Defendant in Opioid Trial

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Long Island’s Nassau County urged a New York state court not to sever the drugmaker Mallinckrodt from an upcoming opioid trial amid news that the company had struck a tentative $1.6 billion settlement and is close to bankruptcy, with the county saying “anticipated” developments aren’t enough to justify a separate trial. A lawyer representing the county, Hunter…Read the article

Law360 Quotes Hunter Shkolnik on Opioids Defendant Firm

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Nassau County urged a New York state court Friday to disqualify its former law firm Meyer Suozzi from representing Mallinckrodt in the county’s suit over the opioid crisis, arguing that the firm is trying to “switch sides” after defending the Long Island county for five years. Nassau County’s counsel Hunter J. Shkolnik of Napoli Shkolnik PLLC said in an…Read the article
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