Law360 Quotes Hunter Shkolnik on Common Benefits
February 26, 2020
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 a statement Monday that the committee’s proposed order “specifically exempted” the attorneys general from the “common benefit mandate.”
“This letter doesn’t surprise me in the least. The attorneys general have been riding the coattails of the MDL for the past two and a half years and have tried to cram a very bad settlement down the throats of the counties that have been dealing with the opioid epidemic,” Shkolnik said. “Had the AGs read the proposed order, they would have seen that they are specifically exempted from the common benefit mandate and therefore really have no dog in this fight.”