Oklahoma court rejects immediate delay in opioid trial
Suit accuses 13 manufacturers in epidemic
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has rejected a request by drugmakers to immediately postpone the start of a trial in a lawsuit that accuses the companies of fueling the state’s opioid epidemic.
The trial is scheduled to start May 28th. However, on Wednesday, the court set a March 20 hearing on whether to grant a 100-day postponement of the trial.
A judge in Cleveland County has already denied the request.
Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter sued 13 opioid manufacturers in 2017, alleging they fraudulently engaged in marketing campaigns that led to thousands of overdose addictions and deaths.
Several states have filed similar lawsuits, but Oklahoma’s is expected to be the first to go to trial.
The drugmakers say they need more time to analyze more than a million documents they received from the attorney general last month.
State attorneys say the companies’ allegations are “false and misleading.”
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