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J&J Avoids Risky Opioid Trial With ‘Chump Change’ Ohio Deal

Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay more than $20 million to avoid the first federal trial in which it faced accusations of helping fuel the opioid epidemic by mishandling its painkillers. Under the deal, announced late Tuesday, J&J will pay …

Opioid Trial Judge Denies He’s Biased, Refuses to Step Down

The Cleveland judge overseeing more than 2,000 federal lawsuits over alleged opioid abuses refused to disqualify himself from a bellwether trial set to start next month, rejecting a request by drug distributors and pharmacies who say he is biased against …

Purdue Fails in Bid to Nix Public Nuisance Claim Over Opioids

The U.S. judge overseeing nationwide litigation concerning the opioid crisis on Monday rejected Purdue Pharma LP’s effort to dismiss claims that its activities caused a public nuisance. U.S. District Judge Dan Polster in Cleveland said a reasonable jury could conclude …

Drug Firms Must Face Trial Over Opioids Crisis Claims

A U.S. judge on Tuesday rejected efforts by major drugmakers, pharmacies and distributors to dismiss claims that they caused the nation’s opioid crisis, clearing the way for a scheduled landmark trial even as he pushes for a nationwide settlement. U.S. …

Opioid Judge Calls Proposed Settlement Group a ‘Novel Approach’

A judge backed a push by U.S. cities and counties suing opioid makers such as Purdue Pharma LP and Johnson & Johnson to negotiate a settlement as a group but put off until August a final decision on the request. …

McKesson Opioid Deal in West Virginia May Spur More Accords

McKesson Corp.’s settlement of an opioid lawsuit with West Virginia — the state with the highest U.S. rate of drug-overdose deaths — may encourage other states to seek quick cash to cope with the rising societal costs of addiction. West …

McKesson to Pay $37 Million to Resolve West Virginia Opioid Lawsuit

Drug distributor McKesson Corp has agreed to pay $37 million to resolve a lawsuit by the state of West Virginia seeking to hold it responsible for contributing to the opioid epidemic, the state’s attorney general said on Thursday. The settlement …

Opioid Crisis ‘Kingpin’ Is Oklahoma’s New Target in Lawsuit

About the photo: Opium poppy plants in a field in Tasmania, Australia. Oklahoma is claiming that as the prior owner of poppy fields in Tasmania, Johnson & Johnson “acted as a ringleader” in a scheme to flood the state with …