Opioid Defendant Moves to Disqualify Motley Rice Over Alleged Ethical Issues

A pharmacy benefit manager facing upcoming trials over its role in the opioid crisis has moved to disqualify Motley Rice, citing alleged ethical violations tied to confidential information the plaintiffs’ firm received through government subpoenas.

In a Friday motion, Alston & Bird’s Brian Boone, representing OptumRx Inc., referenced Motley Rice’s role as outside counsel for the state of Hawaii, the city of Chicago and the attorney general of the District of Columbia, all of which have investigated or sued the United HealthCare-owned pharmacy benefit manager.

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