Opioid case has new complication: Babies born in withdrawal

Published 11-29-2018

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The long-running federal court case seeking to hold drugmakers responsible for the nation's opioid crisis has a new complication: How does it deal with claims covering the thousands of babies born to women with addiction?

Attorneys representing the children and their guardians want their claims separated from the federal case in Cleveland that involves hundreds of local governments and other entities such as hospitals.

They will argue that Thursday before a federal judicial panel in New York.

One of the lead lawyers representing the children says they have been directly harmed by the actions of drugmakers and are entitled to their own payments.

Drug manufacturers and distributors oppose creating a new structure for the lawsuits over the children.

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