14 AGs Ask Ohio Judge Not To Move Bellwether Forward

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September 10, 2019

A group of 14 attorneys general filed an amicus brief to the Sixth Circuit urging the judge overseeing the opioid multidistrict litigation proceedings not to move forward with a bellwether trial with lawsuits from local governments, Law360 reports.

The group of 13 states and the District of Columbia said the issue “requires a statewide response,” and that states “should not be hindered by various claims brought by separate instrumentalities making separate arguments from separate attorneys.” The Ohio Attorney General had also previously asked the judge to either dismiss cases from counties or pause the trial that is scheduled to begin late next month.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce filed a similar brief as well. U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform President Lisa A. Rickard said any litigation “needs to be conducted in a way that is fair, efficient and based on sound legal theories."

09/10/2019