Partner Badala Quoted on Opioid Litigation

July 24, 2019

Auburn has officially joined multiple New York municipalities in filing legal complaints as part of a class-action lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors. The lawsuit accuses 90 defendants of actions that have allegedly fueled the opioid crisis.

Many of the named defendants are opioid manufacturers, distributors and big-box pharmacies; however, eight members of the Sackler family, the family who owns the pharmaceutical giant Purdue Pharma, were also individually named. A Napoli Shkolnik attorney told The Citizen Tuesday that lawsuits will be consolidated, with a trial that will include Auburn’s case scheduled to be held in Suffolk County Supreme Court in March.

Salvatore Badala, a partner and general counsel with Napoli Shkolnik, told The Citizen Tuesday that North Dakota’s case was an “outlier” and that it somehow veered off onto a labeling debate rather than a marketing one.

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