National Opioids Settlement


UPDATE: Defendants have entered an agreement to extend the sign-up period for Subdivisions under the Distributor and J&J Settlement Agreement until January 26, 2022, in light of several considerations:

  1. The uprise in Covid has made many public entities cancel their December meetings or do them by Zoom versus in-person. This has limited the speed with which Subdivisions have been able to sign on.
  2. There has been a significant increase in the number of States that have signed on and reached State allocation agreements.
  3. Many Subdivisions were not moving forward because they didn’t have an agreement with their State, and the extension provides more time to address the settlements in light of newly-reached or pending State allocation agreements.

The Reference Date for Defendants to decide whether they are going forward with the Settlement has been extended to February 25, 2022.

Previous Update: Deadline to Sign Participation Agreements Originally Extended to January 2, 2022

Subdivisions REGISTER HERE to Receive Participation Agreements for Distributor and Janssen Settlement Agreements
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On Wednesday, July 21, 2021, the National Prescription Opiate Litigation MDL Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee, several State Attorneys General, and four major defendants announced agreement on terms of proposed nationwide settlements to resolve all Opioids litigation brought by states and local political subdivisions against the three largest pharmaceutical distributors: McKesson, Cardinal Health and AmerisourceBergen (“Distributors”), and manufacturer Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and its parent company Johnson & Johnson (collectively, “J&J”).  These settlements, if agreed and adopted, will provide substantial funds to states and subdivisions for abatement of the Opioids epidemic across the country and will impose transformative changes in the way the settling defendants conduct their business.

This website provides copies of the agreements, as well as additional documents and information concerning these historic proposed settlements.  The agreements themselves control the terms of the settlements and entities eligible to participate in the settlements should consult with counsel about participation.

Agreement to Extend Certain Deadlines

Other Documents