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Ohio State Auditor David Yost discussing the latest results of his probe into school districts' alleged tampering with school attendance data in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio's private nonprofit job creation agency turned over its financial records Tuesday, March 19, 2013 in response to an order by the state auditor, but it continued to insist the records are not public. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins, File) Ohio State Auditor David Yost discussing the latest results of his probe into school districts’ alleged tampering with school attendance data in Columbus, Ohio. AP Photo: Andrew Welsh-Huggins, File

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has asked a federal appeals court to halt an upcoming bellwether trial over the opioid crisis that he called “legally flawed” and “strikes at our Republic’s core structure.”

In a petition for writ of mandamus filed Friday before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the attorney general argued that the two Ohio counties serving as plaintiffs in the Oct. 21 trial have no legal authority to seek relief from the opioid crisis on behalf of Ohio’s residents. The trial, scheduled to take place in Cleveland, is the first bellwether in the multidistrict litigation and follows a $572 million judgment for the state of Oklahoma in the first opioid trial in the nation.

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Amanda Bronstad

Amanda Bronstad is the ALM staff reporter covering class actions and mass torts nationwide. She writes the email dispatch Critical Mass. She is based in Los Angeles.

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