Ohio judges postpone 2 major trials blaming pharmacies, distributors for opioid epidemic

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Katie Adams –
Wednesday, October 14th, 2020

Judges in Ohio have postponed 2 significant opioid trials including lawsuits that look for to punish drugmakers and distributors for the opioid epidemic that has eliminated countless Ohioans during the last 20 years, according to Cleveland.com.

Judge Dan Polster, citing the pandemic, delayed a trial scheduled for Nov. 9 in U.S. District Court in Cleveland in which Cuyahoga and Summit counties took legal action against 6 pharmacies– CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Rite Aid, Discount Drug Mart and Giant Eagle– over their opioid circulation practices. He has not set a date to reschedule the trial.
Mr. Polster is dealing with more than 2,500 multidistrict litigation lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies submitted by states, counties and cities throughout the nation.

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A suit filed by the Ohio Attorney Generals office against drug suppliers was set up to begin the week of Oct. 18, but has actually been postponed till March. Judge Richard McMonagle, a retired Cuyahoga County Common Pleas judge who is managing the case, decided since the trial postured a conflict with a murder case arranged to begin Oct. 13 in the exact same courthouse.