Hunter Shkolnik Speaks To Law.com On NY Opioid Jury Verdict
January 4, 2022
The jury began deliberating on Dec. 14 after hearing more than five months of testimony presented by the government plaintiffs and the defendants.
A Suffolk County jury on Thursday ruled in favor of New York state and the Long Island counties in the state’s long-running opioid trial, finding that a group of drug companies created a public nuisance through their role in the opioid crisis.
The amount of damages owed by those found responsible has yet to be determined. Napoli Shkolnik partner Hunter Shkolnik, who represents Nassau County, said Thursday that the number could be in the tens or even hundreds of billions.
“What we undertook in New York and I think a lot of people thought was impossible was literally … we took on everybody in one trial, which hadn’t happened yet, it’s been more piecemeal,” Shkolnik said. “Manufacturers, distributors, pharmacies – we chose to take them on all at once.”