Publication Archive: Ohio Opioid Lawyers

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Law360 Quotes Hunter Shkolnik on Pharmacy/Opioid Order

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U.S. District Judge Dan Poster concluded that pharmacies have an obligation on the corporate-level to design and implement policies and procedures to identify red flag prescriptions of opioids, according to the pharmacies. “This is just another example of the chain pharmacy defendants going on hands and knees begging to be relieved of their obligations to…Read the article

Law360 Quotes Hunter Shkolnik: Pharmacies and OH Opioid MDL

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The Ohio federal judge overseeing opioid multidistrict litigation has refused to toss two Ohio counties’ bellwether cases against pharmacies, allowing their public nuisance claims over the dispensing and distribution of opioids to move forward. “We were confident in the strength of the case against the national chain pharmacies like CVS, Rite Aid, Walmart, Walgreens and…Read the article

Counties: Pharmacies Are Part of the Opioid Crisis

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Two Ohio counties urged a federal judge to shut down requests by pharmacy chains to toss claims that they created a public nuisance by failing to monitor suspicious opioid orders that helped fuel an epidemic of painkiller addiction, saying the state’s public nuisance law fits their claims.  Read the article

Law360 Quotes Hunter Shkolnik on Pharmacies in Opioid Suits

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A group of pharmacies is asking an Ohio federal judge to dismiss complaints by two Ohio counties alleging the pharmacies contributed to the opioid epidemic, saying the counties are suing under public nuisance laws that don’t fit their claims. An attorney for the counties, Hunter Shkolnik of Napoli Shkolnik, told Law360, “The chain pharmacy defendants,…Read the article

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
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