Publication Archive: Opioids Litigation

OH Federal Judge Sides with Plaintiffs in Opioid MDL

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Source: Law360
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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Source: Milwaukee Community Journal
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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Source: Fox News
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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Source: Law360
“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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Source: Law360
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