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Civil Procedure Keyed to Rowe
In re National Prescription Opiate Litigation
Citation:927 F.3d 919 (6th CIr. 2019)
1,300 public entities sued manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of prescription opiate drugs to recover the funds expended to respond to the opioid epidemic in their communications. During the litigation, the plaintiffs obtained data from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The court issued a protective order under Rule 26(c), providing that the data would remain confidential. Then, the Washington Post and other media companies intervened and filed public-records requests to obtain some of the data. The district court denied the requests because they were barred by the court’s protective order. The intervenors appealed.
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