Publication Archive: Opioids Litigation

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

City of Milwaukee Joined Federal Opioid Suit

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The law firm of Napoli Shkolni, which will be representing Milwaukee in its upcoming lawsuit, has been working closely with the city’s police and health departments, and has assessed the economic damage done by opioid manufacturers.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

City of Milwaukee Joins Federal Opioid Lawsuit

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The City Attorney’s Office retained New York law firm Napoli Shkolnik to represent the city in the litigation that is being heard in federal district court in Ohio. Milwaukee officials announced  that the city is joining a sprawling federal lawsuit against opioid drug manufacturers and distributors that are accused of fueling the opioid epidemic.Read the article

Milwaukee Files Opioid Epidemic Compliant in Federal Court

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Milwaukee Alderman Michael Murphy issued the following statement:”…Today’s filing does just that, and I want to extend my gratitude to the City Attorney’s Office for their diligent work and collaboration with Napoli Shkolnik, PLLC.”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