Welcome to Law.com Class Actions: Critical Mass, a weekly briefing for class action and mass tort attorneys. Three high-profile jury trials began this week in cases about opioids and 3M’s earplugs. The $26 billion opioid deal outlines a complicated process of distributing attorney fees. Two years after creating a first-ever committee to promote younger lawyers, a federal judge in the Zantac multidistrict litigation has added 12 more attorneys to the plaintiffs’ team.

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Motley Rice’s Fidelma Fitzpatrick, left, and Wendy West Feinstein, of Morgan Lewis & Bockius, right. Courtesy photos

Trial Watch: Juries Hear About Opioids & Earplugs This Week