Pharmacies Urge 6th Circ. To Boot Opioid MDL Judge

Law360 (June 30, 2020, 3:08 PM EDT) -- CVS Health Corp., Walgreen Co. and other major pharmacy chains asked the Sixth Circuit on Tuesday to disqualify the Ohio federal judge supervising multidistrict opioid litigation, accusing him of exhibiting blatant bias by "directing plaintiffs' trial strategy."

The extraordinary request, which was joined by Walmart Inc. and Rite-Aid Corp., is the second attempt by pharmacies accused of fueling the opioid crisis to oust U.S. District Judge Dan Aaron Polster. The latest effort stems from Judge Polster's decision to quickly schedule a new bellwether trial against the pharmacies after the Sixth Circuit in April sharply limited the scope of a previously scheduled...

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