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WV Metro News: Trial date set in Cabell-Huntington opioid trial; parties disagree on discovery issues

This article was originally published in WVMetroNews.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The opioid lawsuit filed by Huntington and Cabell County against the “Big Three” drug distributors has a trial date.

U.S. District Judge David Faber announced at the end of a 55-minute status hearing Thursday at the Byrd Federal Courthouse in Charleston that the trial would begin Aug. 31. Faber has also ruled the trial will be a bench trial.

Attorneys for Huntington and Cabell County had hoped for a June trial date for their claims against Cardinal Health, McKesson and AmerisourceBergen but Faber opted to give the defense more time to complete discovery efforts.

Lead plaintiffs attorney Paul Farrell of Huntington said it’s good to have the distributors “on the clock.”

“What we firmly believe is that the sooner we get a trial date the sooner that they’ll (settle). We asked for June we got late August—so we’ll be ready,” Farrell told MetroNews outside the courthouse after Thursday’s hearing.

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