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National Opioid Settlement Might Be Reached in 2018

As the opioid crisis has exploded over the last few years, countless communities have entered lawsuits against the pharma manufacturers who pushed addictive opioid-based painkillers. Now it appears that these suits might be consolidated in a national settlement.

As reported by Reuters, a federal judge pushing for a quick settlement of lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors by U.S. cities and counties is seeking to meet with states that are separately suing and probing the companies, Ohio’s attorney general said on Thursday.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said he also held meetings on Wednesday with Johnson & Johnson and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd to discuss settling a lawsuit he filed accusing them of deceptively marketing opioids.

That lawsuit, like others by state attorneys general, is in a state court outside the purview of U.S. District Judge Dan Polster in Cleveland, who is overseeing more than 200 lawsuits by cities, counties and others over the opioid epidemic.

In a move that could help the companies reach global settlements, DeWine said Polster on Wednesday invited him to attend a Jan. 31 meeting as a representative of the 13 states who have filed lawsuits against opioid manufacturers.

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To learn more about a national settlement for opioid lawsuits, please visit Reuters.com.

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