Trials For Massive Opioid Lawsuit Set For 2019 As Judge Alters Course From Wanting Only Settlement Talks
The case combines lawsuits from hundreds of cities, states and counties against the drug industry and its role in the opioid epidemic.
The Associated Press:
Opioid Trials To Begin In 2019 As Settlement Is Also Pushed
A federal judge with an audacious plan to settle hundreds of lawsuits filed by local governments against the drug industry over the destruction wrought by prescription opioid painkillers has altered his course. Cleveland-based Judge Dan Polster issued an order Wednesday scheduling three Ohio trials for 2019 — a shift from his earlier plan to try to work out settlements without also preparing for trials. (Welsh-Huggins and Mulvihill, 4/12)
Judge Schedules Trial In Massive Opioid Lawsuit
Judge Dan Polster on Wednesday set a March 2019 trial date for cases from three of the cities and counties that are suing drug companies. Those cases would be the first of hundreds brought under Polster’s review to see a trial and could serve as “bellwethers” that help both sides test the waters. The cases are being closely watched to see if they produce a settlement that forces changes meant to fight the opioid epidemic. Polster said in January that he wanted to take actions that would stem the tide of the crisis. (Sullivan, 4/12)