Federal judge in Cleveland hears hundreds of lawsuits against drug companies

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A federal judge in Cleveland is trying to reach a resolution to more than 600 lawsuits against drug manufacturers. It could have a major impact on the nation’s opioid epidemic.

Outside of the courthouse in downtown Cleveland, dozens of protestors demanded accountability from these major pharmaceutical companies.

Inside the federal building, District Judge Dan Polster is presiding over the cases that were filed on behalf of local governments all over the country, including Trumbull and Columbiana counties. These communities are asking for help in preventing more deaths from overdoses.

The protesters downtown hope that, with more money from the drug manufactures, more lives can be saved.

“We should have a better place for those people and this funding would directly put the treatment options in the State of Ohio and if we don’t recover the heartbeat of the nation, we’re doomed,” Michael Pack said.

Three of those 600 lawsuits are set to go forward in March of 2019. They are from the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga and Summit counties.

Those three are the first in a series of “bellwether trials,” which are test cases that give attorneys an idea of how future cases may play out.

This first trial is expected to last for three weeks.

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