Lawyers filing dozens of lawsuits over the opioid crisis have taken a page out of the Big Tobacco playbook—but not the whole book.
The lawsuits bear many resemblances to the litigation against Big Tobacco, which ended with a $246 billion settlement in 1998. The underlying claims are the same: A group of corporations conspired to conceal the dangers of an addictive drug that’s led to a public health problem. Some of the same lawyers have been hired on a contingency fee basis as outside counsel to bring cases on behalf of governments.
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