Opioid MDL Judge Picks New Bellwethers, Denies Retaliating

Law360 (April 7, 2021, 10:32 PM EDT) -- The Ohio federal judge supervising multidistrict opioid litigation selected five additional cases Wednesday for bellwether trials against major pharmacy chains, while flatly rejecting assertions that he's punishing the companies for not settling.

The judge overseeing the opioid MDL selected five new cases Wednesday for bellwether trials against pharmacy chains including CVS and Walgreens, and rebuffed their allegations that he was penalizing them for declining to settle. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green) U.S. District Judge Dan Aaron Polster did the selecting and rejecting at a private teleconference, according to a transcript obtained by Law360 shortly after Wednesday's call, which included roughly 20 attorneys for local...

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