February 25, 2020

AGs Balk at Attorneys’ Fee Bid in Opioid MDL

A bipartisan group of 37 attorneys general say the fee model asked for by the plaintiffs’ attorneys in the massive opioid multidistrict litigation proceedings are “well beyond what is necessary to ensure fair compensation for private counsel,” Law360 reports.

The plaintiffs’ attorneys asked for a “common benefit fund,” which could apply to parts of settlements reached not only by the attorneys general, but also state court actions.  The attorneys general said in a letter that this violates state sovereignty and could “disrupt — perhaps irreparably so — the substantial progress that has been made to negotiate a large national settlement with several defendants.”

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