The bellwether cases in Rome and Floyd County’s lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors are set to go to trial Oct. 21 in a federal district court. Dec. 13 is the deadline for closing statements and final instructions to the jury, according to a May 1 order by U.S. District Judge Dan. A. Polster of the Northern District of Ohio. Rome attorney Andy Davis, who’s taking the lead on the local cases with attorney Bob Finnell, has said the legal decisions in the Track One cases will be applied to all the others in the class action suit. Polster consolidated the lawsuits filed by cities, counties and states into a single multidistrict litigation case in December 2017 to speed resolution.
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