Bloomberg Law
Sept. 3, 2019, 5:38 PM

Ohio Attorney General Wants Delay of Bellwether Opioid Trial

Alex Ebert
Alex Ebert
Staff Correspondent

Ohio’s top cop is suing to stop a bellwether trial between local government and the opioid industry that could set the tone for a national settlement in the billions of dollars.

On Aug. 30 Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost (R) filed a petition in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit seeking to block the Oct. 21 “track one” trial in the massive opioid multi-district litigation centered in Cleveland. In that clash two Ohio counties will advocate their $8 billion claims against drugmakers, distributors, and pharmacies, but Yost says several of the legal claims belong only to the ...