Bloomberg Law
Nov. 5, 2019, 10:03 AM

Secrecy in National Opioid Trial Draws Scrutiny and Concern

Valerie Bauman
Valerie Bauman

The massive multidistrict litigation over the nation’s opioid crisis—and the federal judge presiding over it—are coming under increased scrutiny for the secrecy that has surrounded the legal action.

At stake is whether the public will ever find out who was really responsible for the opioid crisis, what role each company played, and how to prevent it from happening again, according to lawyers watching the case.

Obscuring a clear picture of what happened could also let the federal government off the hook for its failure to adequately regulate the distribution of the drugs, said Jennifer Oliva, an attorney and professor at ...

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