Mass Torts to Keep an Eye on in 2021

Posted by Elizabeth DiNardo, Esq., Associate Counsel of Counsel Financial on Jan 11, 2021

With the advent of 2021 and consistent progress reported in COVID-19 vaccine development and administration, many are looking forward to a gradual return to a pre-pandemic pace of business. This is especially true in the judiciary, as many courts have faced forced closures and postponed trials.

Here are 4 mass tort litigations that are poised to make strides in 2021.

  1. Opioid Litigation

The opioid litigations have been consistently prominent in the legal world for several years. However, the year 2021 is gearing up to be significant with several trials that were postponed in 2020 set to resume activity this year. Notably, on December 4, 2020, U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of Ohio Eastern Division presiding over the opioid multidistrict litigation, Dan Aaron Polster, issued a notice and order. He informed both parties that due to the worsening statistics regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Court decided to postpone the scheduled bellwether trial between two Ohio counties (Trumball County and Lake County) and the major pharmacy chain defendants, who are accused of creating a public nuisance by ignoring the signs that they were fueling an opioid epidemic.



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