About 1.6% of counties and other governments across the country have opted out of a class action designed to reach a global settlement over the opioid crisis—a turnout that one lead lawyer called a “landslide endorsement.”
According to a report filed late Monday, 541 out of 34,000 governments as of Nov. 27 had opted out of the novel class, approved by U.S. District Judge Dan Polster of the Northern District of Ohio in September. In response, co-lead counsel have labeled the class notice program a success that ”has provided more than adequate notice to members of the negotiation class,” according to Monday’s filing.
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