NATIONAL OPIOIDS SETTLEMENTS – INFORMATION FOR CALIFORNIA CITIES AND COUNTIES

This page provides information for California cities and counties regarding the National Opioids Settlements, including the proposed multistate settlements with pharmaceutical distributors McKesson, Cardinal Health and AmerisourceBergen (the Distributors), and manufacturer Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and its parent company Johnson & Johnson (collectively J&J), that were announced by Attorney General Bonta on July 21, 2021. The deadline for eligible cities and counties to join these settlements is January 2, 2022. You can find additional information listed on the frequently asked questions page.

The Distributors and J&J settlements, if agreed to and adopted by both the states and by eligible cities and counties nationwide, will provide substantial funds for the abatement of the opioid epidemic in California and throughout the United States, and they will require changes in the way that the settling defendants conduct their business. Copies of the Distributors and J&J settlement documents are linked here:

Additional information regarding these settlements is available at https://nationalopioidsettlement.com.

California, and counsel representing a group of cities and counties, have reached agreement on a proposed allocation of recoveries that California may receive pursuant to the Distributors and J&J settlements. Copies of these proposed allocation agreements are available here:

  • California State Subdivision Agreement - Distributors
  • California State Subdivision Agreement - Janssen

These proposed agreements will be formally adopted through the sign-on process for the Distributors and J&J settlements. Acceptance of the applicable state subdivision agreement on allocation is a condition of a city or county joining either or both of these settlements.

Eligible cities and counties should have received notices from the national settlement administrator regarding the settlement and sign-on process. These notices were mailed in September, 2021. Cities and counties that wish to join the settlements must communicate that decision to the administrator, by electronically signing a participation form, by January 2, 2022.

Attorneys advising cities or counties regarding participation in these settlements should register as soon as possible at https://settlement-registration.web.app/ to ensure that they receive the participation agreements and sign-on forms, and make arrangements for client approval of the settlements no later than the January 2, 2022 sign-on deadline.

Cities or counties that have not received their unique registration code, or that have questions regarding the settlements may contact our office via email to OpioidSettlement-LocalGovernment@doj.ca.gov. For information on how to contact our office with other requests go to https://oag.ca.gov/contact.