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A federal judge has approved a plaintiffs leadership team in the opioid litigation that’s expected to get bigger—much bigger.

U.S. District Judge Dan Polster in Ohio on Thursday approved a team of 22 lawyers to spearhead more than 180 lawsuits brought over the opioid epidemic, which has led to a public health crisis across the nation. The team reads like a “Who’s Who” in mass torts and includes many of the same lawyers who obtained the $246 billion settlement with Big Tobacco. The proposed slate was submitted in a court filing on Wednesday, complete with an organizational chart that shows various committees and working groups in which several more attorneys would be named. Overseeing those groups would be a plaintiffs steering committee, whose membership has yet to be decided.

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Amanda Bronstad

Amanda Bronstad is the ALM staff reporter covering class actions and mass torts nationwide. She writes the email dispatch Critical Mass. She is based in Los Angeles.

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