A federal judge overseeing the first federal trial against opioid defendants said he would reach out to the U.S. Department of Justice to determine whether to disqualify defense attorney Carole Rendon and her firm, Baker & Hostetler, from the case.

U.S. District Judge Dan Polster, who is overseeing more than 1,500 lawsuits by cities and counties across the country, heard testimony in court Wednesday from Rendon and three public officials about her former job as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Northern District of Ohio, during which she headed an opioid task force. Rendon, who is a partner in Cleveland, represents Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc., one of the opioid manufacturers in the case.

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