Purdue Says Cameras Will Turn Opioid Trial Into 'Media Circus'

Law360 (March 15, 2019, 7:05 PM EDT) -- OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP is imploring an Oklahoma judge not to allow cameras in the courtroom of a landmark opioid trial, warning of a "media circus" that will lead jurors astray and encourage lawyers to "ham it up."

In an impassioned motion filed Thursday, Purdue pressed Judge Thad Balkman to reverse his August decision allowing video and still cameras in the courtroom when a case brought by Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter against several opioid manufacturers goes to trial May 28.

Oklahoma's case will likely be the first of several dozen state lawsuits alleging reckless opioid sales to go before...

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