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January 3, 2021

Former Walmart Pharmacists Say Company Ignored Red Flags As Opioid Sales Boomed

When Ashwani Sheoran showed up for early morning shifts at pharmacies in rural Michigan wearing his white Walmart smock, he often found customers waiting, desperate for bottles of pain pills.
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December 4, 2020

Browns submit testimony in support of Senate Bill 3

The Browns on Wednesday submitted a letter in support of Ohio Senate Bill 3, which aims to update the state's possession, sealing, and trafficking laws and provides additional resources to the rehabilitation of those suffering from drug addiction.
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December 7, 2020

Another Opioid Bellwether Delayed For COVID-19

Law360 (December 7, 2020, 5:32 PM EST) -- An Ohio federal judge on Friday moved the May 2021 trial date for a bellwether case brought by two Ohio counties against pharmacies in the opioid multidistrict litigation to October 2021 due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.
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November 19, 2020

Ohio sued over lower payments to relatives caring for kids

At issue are payments to relatives who aren’t licensed caregivers but are approved to care for children taken from their parents.
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November 25, 2020

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma pleads guilty in criminal case

Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty Tuesday to three criminal charges, formally admitting its role in an opioid epidemic that has contributed to hundreds of thousands of deaths over the past two decades.
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November 6, 2020

Ohio backs $26 billion plan to settle nationwide opioid lawsuits with major drug companies

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Four of the nation’s largest pharmaceutical companies are prepared to pay $26 billion to settle lawsuits with communities and states across the country over the devastation brought on by prescription painkillers.
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October 31, 2020

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

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.
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November 5, 2020

Sixth Circuit Rejects Certification of Novel “Negotiation Class” in Multidistrict Opioid Litigation

On September 24, 2020, the Sixth Circuit reversed the Northern District of Ohio’s certification of a “negotiation class” in a nationwide prescription opioid MDL, concluding the text of Rule 23 does not permit certification of a class for negotiation purposes, as opposed to litigation or settlement.
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