New Pharmacy Bellwether Trial Set For 2021 In Opioid MDL

By Adam Lidgett (April 30, 2020, 6:38 PM EDT) -- The Ohio federal judge overseeing multidistrict opioid litigation picked two cases Thursday for a bellwether trial in 2021 to test allegations that the nation's largest pharmacy chains fueled the opioid crisis by dispensing painkiller prescriptions they should have known weren't appropriate.

In a two-page order, U.S. District Judge Dan Aaron Polster designated cases from the Ohio counties of Lake and Trumbull as bellwethers, noting that those cases were recommended by the plaintiffs' executive committee in the sprawling MDL.

Pharmacy defendants — including CVS, Walgreens, Walmart and Rite-Aid — earlier this week objected to scheduling another bellwether trial, especially in northern Ohio,...

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