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Villarreal & Begum Last Updated Date: May 23rd, 2023

Will Opioid Crisis Be Considered A Public Nuisance?

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Ohio is home to one of the most-watched Opioid cases in the country. The state is one of the many that are going after opioid manufacturers for causing the current opioid crisis. Ohio is suing, claiming these companies are a public nuisance, but will this work? Lawyers pursuing the case already asked a jury for partial summary judgment.  They claim the crisis significantly interferes with public health in their communities. They go on to argue no reasonable fact-finder could determine otherwise. However, the judge did not think this was appropriate. In a statement, the judge said, “Plaintiffs fail to persuade the court that separate adjudication of the closely connected harm and conduct elements is either useful or advisable.”

The judge has dismissed any attempts from either side to get partial summary judgments. “Ultimately, however, given the enormous volume and complexity of facts relevant to the parties’ positions, the court concludes summary judgment is not the appropriate vehicle for resolving questions regarding the dates these claims accrued or the periods they were tolled.” Whether or not this is considered a public nuisance will be up to the jury. However, if things continue to go in the direction they have been, it’s not looking good for drug manufacturers. Perhaps this will teach drug makers to be more responsible when marketing and selling their products.

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