Sixth Circuit Hears Challenge to Class in Massive Opioid Case

The Potter Stewart U.S. Courthouse in Cincinnati, home of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. (Carol M. Highsmith/Library of Congress)

CINCINNATI (CN) — Prescription opioid manufacturers and distributors argued before a Sixth Circuit panel Tuesday that a so-called negotiation class of state and local governments created by a federal judge is unconstitutional.

The class was approved by U.S. District Judge Dan Polster in September 2019 as a means of allowing government entities across the country to get a share of any potential settlement proceeds from a national, multidistrict litigation over the opioid crisis.