A group of more than 20 lawyers who would be on many observers’ list of the “best and the brightest” of the mass torts bar filed a motion on Wednesday to be appointed lead counsel in the national opioid multidistrict litigation.

Plaintiffs lawyers decided on a leadership team following a unanimous voice vote at a meeting on Monday at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown Hotel. According to Wednesday’s motion, the team would be led by New York attorney Paul Hanly of Simmons Hanly Conroy, Joe Rice of Motley Rice and Paul Farrell of West Virginia’s Greene, Ketchum, Farrell, Bailey & Tweel, who is lead counsel in more than 100 of the 180 cases in the MDL before U.S. District Judge Dan Polster of the Northern District of Ohio. Polster had ordered plaintiffs lawyers to file motions for lead counsel by Dec. 20. No other motions were filed by the end of Wednesday, and responses are due on Thursday.

This content has been archived. It is available through our partners, LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law.

To view this content, please continue to their sites.

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Not a Bloomberg Law Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law are third party online distributors of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law customers are able to access and use ALM's content, including content from the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Legaltech News, The New York Law Journal, and Corporate Counsel, as well as other sources of legal information.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]