Opioid MDL Judge Sets Litigation Plan, Bashes DEA

Law360 (April 11, 2018, 10:00 PM EDT) -- The Ohio federal judge supervising multidistrict litigation over the opioid crisis created a detailed briefing and trial plan Wednesday and hammered the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for resisting disclosure of data about opioid transactions.

U.S. District Judge Dan Aaron Polster made the moves in a pair of orders. One order laid out timelines for an active litigation phase that is intended to resolve thorny legal issues and facilitate settlement of the massive case. The other order used striking language in directing the DEA to cough up extensive information about opioid sales.

In the litigation order, Judge Polster consolidated three lawsuits brought...

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