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June 30, 2020

Ohio Appellate Court Rules That Insurer Must Defend Party Involved In Opioid MDL

The Ohio Court of Appeals last week held that liability insurers must defend their policyholders who are involved in the still-rising tide of opioid litigation, joining what is becoming a clear trend in this developing arc of the law.
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June 30, 2020

Insurers Have Duty to Defend Opioid Cases According to Ohio Appellate Court

The Ohio Court of Appeals on June 24 enforced liability insurance for a company that had distributed opiates, finding that the insured had a duty to defend the insured in lawsuits filed by government agencies and pending in the Opioid Multidistrict Litigation. Acuity v. Masters Pharm., No. C-190176 (Ohio Ct. App. June 24, 2020).
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June 30, 2020

Opioid overdose deaths in Cuyahoga County spike to near record monthly high in May

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cuyahoga County had 52 opioid overdose deaths in May, second only to the 60 overdoses reported in February of 2017, County Medical Examiner Tom Gilson said Tuesday.
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June 29, 2020

As opioids flooded tribal lands across the U.S., overdose deaths skyrocketed

In Oklahoma, with 38 Native American tribes, the deluge of pain pills rivaled hard-hit Appalachia
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June 27, 2020

Feds give $3.6 million in anti-heroin, opioid grants to Ohio

U.S. Attorneys Justin Herdman, David DeVillers and Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced this week that the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services has awarded the Ohio Attorney General’s Organized Crime Investigations Commission $3,658,998 in funding to combat the illegal manufacture and distribution of heroin and prescription opioids in Ohio.
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June 26, 2020

Opioid epidemic continues in midst of pandemic, fentanyl overdoses climb in Ohio

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - In the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, another epidemic continues to rip apart families here in Northeast Ohio.
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June 25, 2020

Insurer must defend opioid distributor

An insurer must defend a pharmaceutical wholesaler distributor being sued by governmental entities in connection with its distribution of opioids, even though the entities themselves did not suffer bodily injuries, says an Ohio appeals court, in overturning a lower court ruling.
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June 24, 2020

Department of Justice announces $3.6 million to combat Ohio opioids

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced they were awarding $3.6 million to the Ohio Attorney General's office to combat opiate distribution and manufacturing in Ohio. U.S Attorneys Justin Herdman, David Devillers and Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost stated the new funding was being awarded from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office).
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