Opioid Litigation

At the forefront of Opioid epidemic litigation both in New Jersey and nationally, Carella Byrne currently represents a number of counties and cities in litigation against manufacturers, distributors, and certain retailers of prescription opioids who, by their fraudulent and deceptive conduct, contributed to the on-going opioid crisis.

  • In re National Prescription Opiate Litigation, MDL No. 2804 (N.D. Ohio), which now consists of more than 3,000 cases related to the opioid crisis, Carella Byrne’s attorneys are deeply committed to seeking justice for all those harmed by the opioid prescription public health crisis.
  • James E. Cecchi oversees Carella Byrne’s Opioid litigation team and also serves on the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee.
  • Carella Byrne Partners Zach Bower, David Gilfillan, and Michael Innes were members of the successful trial team representing bellwethers Summit and Lake Counties in Ohio in the In re National Prescription Opioid Litigation, MDL 2804, where a federal jury found that three pharmacy chains played a key role in feeding the opioid crisis in Lake and Trumbull counties, a verdict that is the first in the nation involving the dispensing of prescription painkillers.
  • As part of the litigation effort, over $26 billion has been set aside by opioid manufacturers and distributors for municipalities throughout the United States.


Area of FOCUS

Opioid Manufacturers
Opioid Distributors

Opioid Litigation Attorneys

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Practice Areas

Wills & Estates

Our attorneys understands how critical it is that business owners prepare for retirement or unforeseen circumstances in a way that provides for their financial well-being and the continuity of their companies.


When disputes arise, our seasoned litigators provide exceptional advocacy grounded in holistic strategies designed to achieve each client’s overall business, financial, and personal goals.

Labor Law

Whether before a hearing board, in the courtroom, or at the negotiating table, our labor lawyers leverage their considerable advocacy and negotiating skills to advance and protect our clients’ interests.

About us


Student Mental Health and Social Media

Partner Michael Innes wrote an article titled “Why New Jersey school districts are filing lawsuits against social media companies, which is featured in the New Jersey School Board Association Reader Forum: Student Mental Health and Social Media.

Chrysler Owners Win Cert. Of 6M Class In Takata Airbag MDL

A judge has certified a class of roughly 6 million Fiat Chrysler vehicle owners who assert fraud claims against FCA US in sprawling multidistrict litigation accusing automakers of hiding the risks associated with allegedly explosive Takata airbags.
The 74

Carella Byrne’s Michael Innes Featured in Recent The 74 Article

Innes was featured in recent article titled Teen Mental Health Crisis Pushes More School Districts to Sue Social Media Giants. “The harms caused by social media companies have impacted the districts’ ability to carry out their core mission of providing education.”

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