Summit County opioid lawsuit


Morning Headlines for Tuesday, August 25:

Summit County Leaders Disappointed by AG Move to Control Opioid Funds

Dec 6, 2019
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The Ohio Attorney General's office wants a constitutional amendment to protect opioid settlement money. Attorney General Dave Yost says it would create a foundation that would ensure the money would be used specifically in the fight against the opioid epidemic.

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Summit County will receive 38% percent of the cash settlement pharmaceutical companies reached with Summit and Cuyahoga Counties. The percentage is based on population. The bulk of the money will come from a deal with AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson Corp. Generic drugmaker Teva Pharmaceutical has agreed to pay $20 million and provide $25 million dollars worth of products to the two counties.  

County executive Ilene Shapiro is creating an advisory task force to determine how that money will be spent.

Summit County Initiates Opioid Plan Following Appeals Court Ruling

Oct 10, 2019
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A federal appeals court in Cincinnati has rejected Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost’s request to delay the October 21 start for the huge opioid trial in federal court in Cleveland.

Summit County Leaders Prepare for Opioid Trial

Oct 9, 2019
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Pharmaceutical maker Johnson & Johnson recently announced a settlement in a lawsuit Summit County filed over the opioid epidemic. For more on this development and the county's legal action, WKSU's Jennifer Conn talked with Greta Johnson, assistance chief of staff for Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro and an attorney.  She explained where things stand, but could not specify the defendants in the suit by name because the case is ongoing.

Updated: 4:18 p.m., Aug. 28, 2019

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has circulated draft legislation that could allow the state — not counties — to take the lead in lawsuits over the opioid crisis.

The news comes as Purdue Pharma considers a settlement, reportedly valued at $10 billion to $12 billion, with more than 2,000 local governments suing drug companies over the opioid crisis.

West Virginia University President Gordon Gee and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich are creating a nonprofit that will fight to steer cash from any national opioid settlement to hospitals, rather than to local and state governments already sparring for control of the dollars.

Two drug companies have reached agreements in principle with Cuyahoga and Summit counties to settle the local governments’ federal lawsuits over the opioid crisis.

Local Opioid Lawsuits Head To Trial Next Year

Dec 24, 2018

The first round of lawsuits over the opioid crisis is scheduled for trial next year, with cases from Northeast Ohio at the front of the line.

Suits brought by Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and Summit County are among hundreds of cases against companies that made, shipped or sold opioids. The local cases are set to go to trial September 3, 2019.

U.S. District Judge Dan Aaron Polster, who is presiding over the multidistrict litigation from his downtown Cleveland courtroom, dismissed drug companies’ efforts to have claims against them thrown out.