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Opioids and data breaches are expected to be the hot mass torts in 2018, with tort reform expected to resurface on Capitol Hill.

Lawyers and advocates on both sides of the aisle agree that the biggest products liability matter in the New Year is opioids—prescription painkillers that have led to a public health problem. Prominent members of the plaintiffs bar have brought hundreds of lawsuits on behalf of state and local governments against opioid makers and distributors. Expect lawyers to start coordinating their efforts in 2018.

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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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