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U.S. Appeals Court Will Not Disqualify Judge in Opioid Cases or Delay Trial

A federal appeals court on Thursday cleared the way for a landmark trial over the nation’s opioid crisis, rejecting a bid by eight drug retailers and distributors to disqualify the judge, and a request by Ohio and other U.S. states …

Cost of Opioid Crisis ‘Dwarfs’ Drugmakers’ Resources, N.Y. Says

The public cost of coping with the opioid crisis in the U.S. “dwarfs” the combined resources of the companies sued for allegedly causing the epidemic, including OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP, a lawyer for New York State told a judge. …

Bayer’s Roundup Trial Delay Gives Time for Settlement Talks

The last scheduled trial of the year over Bayer AG’s Roundup herbicide has been postponed at the request of both parties, indicating that talks toward a settlement may be progressing. The delay to the trial in St. Louis, following two …

Purdue, Sacklers Seek to Use Bankruptcy as Shield From Suits

The first big fight in Purdue Pharma LP’s bankruptcy case is taking shape as states and cities across the U.S. challenge a request by the drug maker and its billionaire owners, the Sackler family, for an injunction to block lawsuits …

Radio Group Sued for Playing Songs Thousands of Times Without Paying

Global Music Rights, a group that represents artists such as Drake and Bruce Springsteen, is suing radio-station owner Entravision Communications Corp. for allegedly playing its songs without paying songwriters. Entravision has played more than 130 of Global Music Rights’ songs …

Steinbeck Kin Gets Break in Court Penalty, but Stern Warning

LOS ANGELES — A federal appeals court attempted to close the book on endless litigation between the relatives of author John Steinbeck in a ruling that upheld a $5 million verdict against his daughter-in-law, but threw out $8 million she …

Purdue Opioid Deal Pits State Against State on Epidemic Cost

Purdue Pharma LP, maker of the highly addictive Oxycontin painkiller, is pitting state against state with its offer of about $12 billion to resolve the company’s liability for the massive public-health crisis tied to opioid abuse that’s swept the U.S. …

Sackler Family Backs $11.5 Billion Purdue Opioid Settlement

The Sackler family and their embattled drugmaker, Purdue Pharma LP, are backing a proposal to resolve all opioid lawsuits against themselves and the company for more than $11 billion in what would be the largest settlement to date in the …

Amazon Joins Walmart in Blaming Tesla Solar Panels for Fires

Walmart Inc. isn’t the only corporation that has seen its Tesla Inc. solar panels catch fire. On Friday, Amazon.com Inc. said a June 2018 blaze on the roof of one of its warehouses in Redlands, California, involved a solar system …

Sex Abuse Lawsuits at 400 and Counting as New York Law Takes Effect

ALBANY, N.Y. — The Roman Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts, schools and hospitals, the late financier Jeffrey Epstein are some of the targets named in a flurry of sex abuse lawsuits filed Wednesday in New York as the state began …