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Bayer’s $650 Million PCB Pollution Settlement Rejected by Judge

A federal judge refused to approve Bayer AG’s $650 million settlement of claims by about 2,500 U.S. cities, counties and ports over pollution from polychlorinated biphenyl, or PCB. Among other problems with the deal, U.S. District Judge Fernando M. Olguin …

Cardinal Health, Amerisource See $13 Billion Opioid Deal

Cardinal Health Inc. and AmerisourceBergen Corp. have each reserved about $6.6 billion to settle claims that drug distributors fueled the U.S. opioid epidemic by flooding communities with the highly addictive painkillers, according to regulatory filings. The combined $13.2 billion set …

U.S. Justice Department Proposes Changes to Internet Platforms’ Immunity

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump met with nine Republican state attorneys general on Wednesday to discuss the fate of a legal immunity for internet companies after the Justice Department unveiled a legislative proposal aimed at reforming the same law. Trump …

Arizona Leads Multi-State Probe Into Older iPhones Slowing, Shutting Down

SAN FRANCISCO — Arizona is leading a multi-U.S. state investigation into whether Apple Inc’s deliberate slowing of older iPhones violated deceptive trade practice laws, documents reviewed by Reuters on Wednesday showed. In the ongoing probe since at least October 2018, …

Juul Labs Sought to Court State AGs as Teen Vaping Surged

WASHINGTON — Juul Labs, the nation’s largest electronic-cigarette company, donated tens of thousands of dollars to the campaigns of state attorneys general in an effort to build relationships with these powerful officials and potentially head off legal challenges over how …

Opioid Companies Say Lawyers’ Fee Demand Threatens Settlement Talks

Johnson & Johnson and other drug companies facing thousands of lawsuits over their role in the opioid epidemic have warned that settlement talks will be “severely” jeopardized if plaintiffs’ lawyers are allowed to assess a fee payment worth billions of …

Drugmaker’s Opioid Settlement Offer Gains Ground With States

Opioid makers and distributors who proposed paying almost $50 billion to resolve U.S. lawsuits over the addictive drugs are drawing more support from states, including California and New York, as pressure mounts for a deal before a trial starts next …

States Oppose Trump Proposal to Ship LNG by Rail, Citing Safety Risk

WASHINGTON — Attorneys general from 16 U.S. states have opposed a Trump administration proposal to ship liquefied natural gas (LNG) by rail, arguing that potential leaks from the shipments pose risks of fiery explosions to residents and emergency responders. The …

Drug Wholesalers, Teva Settle With Ohio Counties Over Opioids

The three largest U.S. drug distributors and a major generic-drug manufacturer have agreed to pay $260 million to settle the first federal trial over the companies’ role in fueling the U.S. opioid epidemic. Drug distributors McKesson Corp., Cardinal Health Inc. …

OxyContin Maker Purdue Pharma Files for Bankruptcy to Wipe Out 2,000 Lawsuits

Purdue Pharma LP filed for bankruptcy with a more than $10 billion plan to settle claims that it fueled the U.S. opioid epidemic by illegally pushing sales of its addictive OxyContin painkiller. The Chapter 11 filing on Sunday in White …