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Opioid Judge Calls Proposed Settlement Group a ‘Novel Approach’

June 25, 2019, 7:11 PM

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.

U.S. District Judge Dan Polster, overseeing more than 1,900 lawsuits by U.S. municipalities, said June 25 that the idea of creating a negotiating class of local governments to spur settlement talks was an innovative one. Normally, such classes are formed only after a tentative deal has been struck.

Reaching an accord in a case where cities and counties seek hundreds ...

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