Wash. AG Steals Defense Thunder As $95B Opioid Trial Starts

By Jeff Overley (November 15, 2021, 11:18 PM EST) -- The Washington Attorney General's Office kicked off a $95 billion opioid trial Monday by preemptively addressing potential weaknesses in its case before lawyers for drug distributors could utter a single word of criticism, a move defense counsel called "striking" and perhaps even flattering.

The $95 billion opioid trial brought by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, shown here in 2019, opened Monday with the state addressing potential weaknesses in its case. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) The office's thunder-stealing discussion of anticipated attacks from the distributors occurred during six hours of livestreamed opening statements at King County Superior Court in Seattle, where pandemic...

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