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$260 million deal averts 1st federal trial on opioid crisis

 

Last updated 10/25/2019 at 12:05pm

Attorney Mark Lanier gets a hug outside the U.S. Federal courthouse, Monday, Oct. 21, in Cleveland. The nation's three dominant drug distributors and a big drugmaker have reached a $260 million deal to settle a lawsuit related to the opioid crisis just as the first federal trial over the crisis was due to begin Monday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Julie Carry Smyth and Geoff Mulvihill

Associated Press

CLEVELAND - The nation's three biggest drug distributors and a major drugmaker agreed to an eleventh-hour, $260 million settlement Monday over the terrible toll taken by opioids in two Ohio counties, averting the first federal trial over the crisis.

The trial, involving Cleveland's Cuyahoga County and Akron's Summit County, was seen as a critical test case that could have gauged the strength of the opposing sides' arguments and prodded the industry and its foes toward a nationwide resolution of nearly all lawsuits over opioids, the sco...



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