As opioid lawsuits balloon in Louisiana, potential settlement dollars face these complexities

The Advocate - If you live in Louisiana, there is a good chance your local government has filed a lawsuit against opioid makers or distributors, seeking damages for the companies’ alleged fueling of the nation’s opioid crisis.

More than 100 lawsuits filed in Louisiana — the lion’s share of them by cities, towns, parishes and sheriffs — are included in a massive docket of more than 2,000 similar cases from across the U.S. The plaintiffs include cities like Baton Rouge and New Orleans, insurers like Blue Cross and Blue Shield and even the University of Louisiana System, which filed suit this month.