Federal judge overseeing opioid litigation rejects request to dismiss lawsuits

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US District Court of the Northern District of Ohio Judge Dan Polster Friday denied a request by five retail pharmacy chains to dismiss opioid lawsuits filed by two Ohio counties.

Lake and Trumbull Counties brought a common law absolute public nuisance claim against several pharmacies for dispensing prescription opioids to customers. The court previously concluded in 2018 that the related act of distributing prescription opioids survived a motion to dismiss under Ohio law.

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