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Nation Oct 21$260 million deal averts 1st federal trial on opioid crisis
Across the U.S., the pharmaceutical industry still faces more than 2,600 other lawsuits over the deadly disaster, and participants in those cases said the latest deal buys them time to try to work out a nationwide settlement of all claims.
Nation Oct 21Drug companies reach tentative deal to settle opioids lawsuit
The tentative deal settles claims by state and local governments against distributors AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKessen and the manufacturer Teva.
Nation Oct 16Jury selection begins in opioid trial despite delay request
Two Ohio counties claim drug companies that made, distributed and sold prescription painkillers engaged in a deadly conspiracy that has inflicted massive damage on their communities and created a public nuisance that costs the counties hundreds of millions of dollars…
Nation Sep 16Why bankruptcy might not get opioid-maker Purdue Pharma off the hook
Some states have made it clear they intend to continue their lawsuits against members of the Sackler family in state courts.
Nation Sep 16Purdue Pharma files for bankruptcy as part of opioids settlement
The bankruptcy filing was anticipated before and after a tentative settlement deal, which could be worth up to $12 billion over time, was struck.
Nation Sep 12Some states say they’ll keep fighting Purdue Pharma in court
Courtroom showdowns still face OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and the family that owns it, the Sacklers. But after a tentative settlement reached Wednesday with thousands of local governments and more than 20 states, the fight will be less about the…
Nation Sep 11OxyContin maker agrees to tentative settlement, attorneys say
Attorneys representing some 2,000 local governments say they have agreed to a tentative settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma over the toll of the nation's opioid crisis.
Nation Sep 08A Purdue bankruptcy would make opioids cases even messier
State and local governments have sought billions of dollars from Purdue Pharma as a way to hold the company and the family that owns it accountable for the nation's opioid epidemic, a potential payout that is now clouded in uncertainty…
Nation Jul 24No obligation to the public, opioid distributor tells lawyer
An executive at one of the nation's largest drug distribution companies said under questioning recently that the business has no obligation to the public when it comes to the amount of prescription opioid painkillers it ships.
Nation May 165 states announce new lawsuits over prescription opioids
With the suits, 45 states are now taking legal action against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, asserting that the company downplayed the addiction risks of its powerful prescription drug.