Publication Archive: Ohio Opioid Lawyers

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Shkolnik/Law360: New Opioid MDL Bellwether Trials

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The Ohio federal judge overseeing multidistrict opioid litigation picked two cases Thursday for a bellwether trial in 2021 to test allegations that the nation’s largest pharmacy chains fueled the opioid crisis by dispensing painkiller prescriptions they should have known weren’t appropriate. Hunter Shkolnik of Napoli Shkolnik PLLC, counsel for the counties, said in a statement…Read the article

Law360 Quotes Hunter Shkolnik on Opioid Bellwethers

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Big pharmacy chains on Tuesday objected to plans in the multidistrict opioid litigation to select a new bellwether case to test allegations of improper painkiller dispensing, saying another case in Northern Ohio federal court would be overkill. “It is obvious [the pharmacy defendants] will do or say anything to avoid judgment day,” Shkolnik said. “However,…Read the article

Law360/H. Shkolnik: Should Opioid Funds Be Mental Health?

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Mental health advocates on Tuesday told the Ohio federal judge overseeing opioid multidistrict litigation that half of the settlement funds from the litigation should be used to form a foundation addressing mental illness. “We all understand there are many groups who believe with very [good] reason that they should receive the lion’s share of any…Read the article

Law360 Quotes Hunter Shkolnik on Opioid MDL

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The Ohio federal judge overseeing the vast multidistrict opioid litigation told local governments and pharmacy giants to quickly select a new bellwether case to test allegations of improper painkiller dispensing or he will do it himself. “The chain pharmacies got what they asked for in the writ, but maybe next time they should consider the…Read the article

Law360 Quotes Hunter Shkolnik on OH Opioid MDL

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“Time and time again, these defendants have sought ways in which to delay the trial into oblivion. This attempt to place blame on hundreds, if not thousands, of unnamed doctors and hospitals is just another one of those attempts,” Hunter Shkolnik of Napoli Shkolnik PLLC told Law360.  “Judge Pollster correctly severed those claims, and if…Read the article

Defendants in Opioid Lawsuit Want to Pause Discovery

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The Ohio federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation over the opioid crisis told the Sixth Circuit that pharmacies looking to block nationwide discovery are contradicting themselves by raising privacy concerns when they’ve tried to pry sensitive health data from plaintiffs in the past. Hunter J. Shkolnik of Napoli Shkolnik, who represents Cuyahoga County, said in an…Read the article

OH Federal Judge Sides with Plaintiffs in Opioid MDL

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An Ohio federal judge on Thursday overruled objections from several pharmacies being asked to disclose the ages of patients in discovery in sprawling opioid multidistrict litigation, saying in light of the other data being produced, disclosing the ages does not present a risk to patient privacy. Hunter J. Shkolnik of Napoli Shkolnik, representing Cuyahoga County,…Read the article

Law360 Quotes Hunter Shkolnik on Opioids/Pharmacies

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An Ohio federal judge on Monday refused attempts by Rite Aid, Walmart and others to dismiss claims alleging that their failure to stop opioids from being diverted for illicit purposes created a public nuisance, saying that counties had shown evidence to back the allegations. “These decisions were of no surprise,” Hunter Shkolnik of Napoli Shkolnik…Read the article

Law360 Quotes Hunter Shkolnik on Opioid Multidistrict Case

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Source: Law360
Pharmacies launched another attack on the judge overseeing opioid multidistrict litigation, telling the Sixth Circuit on Friday that he has “repeatedly disregarded” federal court rules and should be ordered to follow them. “The chain pharmacies are copying the distributors’ and manufacturers’ plan to delay, delay, delay. That failed for them,” Hunter Shkolnik of Napoli Shkolnik…Read the article

Pharmacies Look To Lay Blame on Doctors for Opioid Crisis

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Source: Law360
A group of pharmacies led by CVSPharmacy Inc, Walgreen Co. and Walmart Inc. are taking aim at droves of unnamed doctors, saying the Ohio counties suing as part of the sprawling opioid multidistrict litigation are unfairly blaming pharmacies instead of going after physicians for overprescribing the drugs. The pharmacists are bound by law to accept…Read the article
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