U.S. District Judge Dan Polster oversees 3,000 opioid lawsuits in multidistrict litigation. He claims it’s easy for the federal judiciary to become overwhelmed with opioid-related cases, but he is currently responsible for failing to address hundreds of remand motions pending before him for more than three years.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ordered Polster now provide status updates on his remand orders every 30 days in the Northern District of Ohio.

“The seemingly mandatory nature of this provision weighs in favor of finding that the district court clearly abused its discretion in abating rulings on the pending remand motions,” Sixth Circuit Senior Judge Ralph Guy and Judges Eric Clay and Bernice Donald wrote.

According to Law.com:

Polster claims little responsibility for his shortcomings and wrote that the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government would’ve been better equipped to solve the opioid crisis.

“In retrospect, I realize my failure to explain my reasoning may have created the impression that my decision was arbitrary, and I apologize if I unintentionally created that impression for any of the parties, their counsel, or this court,” Polster said.

Source: Law.com


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