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Federal Court Panel Rejects Yost's Effort To Block Opioid Lawsuit Trial

Oct 11, 2019

David Yost
Credit Ohio Public Radio

The 6th  U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati Thursday  denied an effort led by Ohio Attorney General David Yost to stop a bellwether trial over the opioid crisis from starting this month in Cleveland.

A three-judge panel ruled  Ohio didn't object when lawsuits filed by Summit and Cuyahogacounties were included in what has become a sprawling case involving thousands of local governments and other entities. The attempt by state attorneys general argued in August states have the sole authority to pursue claims against drug companies on behalf of their citizens. The panel says  preparations are far along for the first federal opioid crisis trial, scheduled to start October 21.  Yost says  "we are reviewing our options."