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October 11, 2019

Court Allows Judge Opposed by Drug Firms to Oversee Nationwide Opioid Trial

A federal appeals court on Thursday cleared the way for a landmark trial over the nation’s opioid crisis, rejecting a bid by eight drug retailers and distributors to disqualify the judge, and a request by Ohio and other U.S. states to delay an Oct. 21 trial.
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October 10, 2019

Court denies attempts to stop opioid trial before it begins

CLEVELAND (AP) - A federal appeals court on Thursday denied two efforts that could have kept the first federal trial on the opioids crisis from starting as scheduled this month in Cleveland.
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October 2, 2019

In Opioid Settlement, Johnson & Johnson Agrees To Pay Ohio Counties $20 Million

Johnson & Johnson and two Ohio counties have reached a tentative $20.4 million settlement that removes the corporation from the first federal lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, scheduled to begin later this month.
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October 1, 2019

Ohio's Move to Halt Opioid Trial 'Untimely in the Extreme,' Judge Says

U.S. District Judge Dan Polster, who is overseeing the first federal opioid trial on Oct. 21, also wrote on Tuesday that the Ohio AG's petition before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit was based on a "faulty premise."
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October 3, 2019

Ohio counties tell court: Don’t let state stop opioid trial

Two Ohio counties have asked a court to deny their state attorney general’s request to delay a major trial over the toll of opioids.
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October 1, 2019

Johnson & Johnson settles Ohio lawsuits to avoid federal trial

(Reuters) - Johnson & Johnson said on Tuesday it will pay $20.4 million to settle claims by two Ohio counties, allowing the U.S. healthcare giant to avoid an upcoming federal trial seeking to hold the industry responsible for the nation’s opioid epidemic.
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September 21, 2019

Commissioners say counties should control opioid lawsuits

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio county commissioners say counties should have control of any settlement money derived from lawsuits against opioid manufacturers, distributors and pharmacies.
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September 26, 2019

Appeals Panel Orders Judge and Lawyers to Weigh in on Delaying Opioid Trial

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has ordered lead plaintiffs’ attorneys and U.S. District Judge Dan Polster to respond to Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost’s petition for writ of mandamus seeking to halt the Oct. 21 trial over the opioid crisis.
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