Ohio County's Opioid Bellwether Gets OK From Magistrate

Law360 (October 5, 2018, 9:44 PM EDT) -- An Ohio magistrate federal judge on Friday largely sided with an Ohio county bringing one of the bellwether suits in the massive opioid multidistrict litigation and recommended against tossing the bulk of its claims that pharmacies, opioid manufacturers and distributors fueled the opioid crisis.

U.S. Magistrate Judge David A. Ruiz tackled the companies' arguments that Summit County's bellwether suit should be dismissed in a 100-page report. The county's suit is one of three that could go to trial next year, which the companies challenged on multiple fronts, such as the county's state law claims that manufacturers falsely represented opioids as safe...

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