COVID-19 postpones next phase of Summit County federal opioid trial

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Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro speaks to the media outside the U.S. federal courthouse in Cleveland on Oct. 21, 2019. The nation's three dominant drug distributor and big drugmaker reached a $260 million dollar deal to settle a lawsuit related to the opioid crisis just as the first federal trial over the crisis was due to begin. David Dermer/AP

The COVID-19 pandemic has postponed the next phase of a federal trial involving Summit and Cuyahoga counties that focuses on the pharmacy industry's role in the opioid epidemic.

According to the minutes of the proceedings from an Oct. 5 teleconference, the trial scheduled to begin Nov. 9 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio in Cleveland has been delayed indefinitely.

Defendants in the case include CVS, Medina-based Discount Drug Mart, HBC (which is part of Giant Eagle), Rite Aid and Walgreens.

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