This morning we return to our conversation with Jayne Conroy of Simmons Hanly Conroy one of the three co-leads of the plaintiffs’ executive committee in the National Prescription Opiate Litigation MDL pending before Senior U.S. District Judge Dan Polster in Cleveland, Ohio.

Yesterday in part one, we focused on trial wins plaintiffs have gotten in opioid cases on either coast. Conroy said she thinks trials have been “front and center” in driving settlements with drug makers, distributors and pharmacies. “The trial is the place where—win or lose—the information gets out to the public and people can start to look at it and even build on it for the next case that comes around,” she said.