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Key Local Governments Opt Out of Big Opioid Class Action to Pursue Own Claims

Local governments in regions hard hit by the U.S. opioid epidemic have opted out of massive litigation taking aim at the drug industry over the crisis, potentially weakening a novel legal mechanism created to help settle thousands of lawsuits. Overall, …

Several States Have Doubts About $48 Billion Opioid Settlement Offer

Several U.S. states that have been ravaged by the opioid epidemic are pushing back on a proposed $48 billion settlement framework that would resolve thousands of lawsuits against five drug companies accused of fueling the addiction crisis. The proposal would …

Bankruptcy Judge Grants Purdue Pharma Time Out from Government Opioid Litigation

Purdue Pharma LP and its billionaire owners won a temporary reprieve from nearly 2,700 opioid lawsuits, giving the bankrupt drugmaker time to clinch a deal that would atone for its role in America’s addiction epidemic. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert D. …

Judge Leans in Favor of Broad Opioid Settlement Opposed by Municipalities, Drug Firms

A federal judge on Tuesday expressed support for a novel plan by lawyers representing cities and counties suing drug companies over the U.S. opioid epidemic that would bring every community nationally into their settlement talks despite objections from most states. …

State, Local Governments Debate How to Best Allocate Any Opioid Settlement Funds

The roughly 2,000 state and local governments suing the drug industry over the deadly opioid crisis have yet to see any verdicts or reach any big national settlements but are already tussling with each other over how to divide any …

More States File Opioid Lawsuits Against Drug Firms

Litigation against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP is intensifying as six more U.S. states on Tuesday announced lawsuits, accusing the company of fueling a national opioid epidemic by deceptively marketing its prescription painkillers to generate billions of dollars in sales. …

U.S. AG Sessions Seeks Role in Talks to Settle State, Local Opioid Lawsuits

The U.S. Justice Department on Monday sought court permission to participate in settlement negotiations aimed at resolving lawsuits by state and local governments against opioid manufacturers and distributors. The Justice Department said in a brief it wanted to participate in …

Judge Says Trial Over Opioids May Be Necessary

A federal judge pushing for a settlement in lawsuits by state and local governments against drug companies over their roles in the U.S. opioid epidemic said on Wednesday that trials may be needed after both sides identified barriers to reaching …

Judge Overseeing Local Opioid Lawsuits Hopes for ‘Meaningful’ Settlement

The judge overseeing U.S. cities’ and counties’ lawsuits against makers of opioid painkillers said he hopes a sweeping resolution can be worked out by the end of the year that will have a “meaningful impact” on the burgeoning drug epidemic. …